Downey Legislation Ensuring Qualifications for Behavioral Health Professionals Heads to Governor

With an increasing demand for behavior analysts throughout the country – especially in New Jersey – Assembly Democrats have sponsored legislation to make licensure available and mandatory for these professionals. Upon passage of the bill (A-4608) in both the Assembly and Senate Monday, with a vote of 71-1-0 and 35-2 respectively, Assembly sponsor Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) released the following statement:

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Downey-Sponsored "Combat to College Act" Passed by Senate

MONMOUTH COUNTY - The “Combat to College” Act sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) was approved unanimously by the State Senate this Monday, moving it to the Governor’s desk to be signed.

Under this bill (A-790), military service members and veterans living in New Jersey would be granted priority when registering for courses at New Jersey public colleges and universities.

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Senate Approves Downey Bill Restoring Funds for Women's Healthcare

MONMOUTH COUNTY - This Monday, the Senate approved legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey that would provide additional support for women's healthcare clinics who are dealing with a loss of federal funding due to a "gag rule" placed by the Trump administration restricting access to Title X funding for such centers.

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Downey Sponsors Bill Recognizing "Equal Pay Day"

MONMOUTH COUNTY - Assemblywoman Joann Downey this month sponsored a legislative resolution that would formally recognize “Equal Pay Day” in New Jersey.

This bill (AJR52) would designate the second Tuesday in April as “Equal Pay Day.” More than 50 years after the passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women, especially minority women, continue to suffer the consequences of unequal pay. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, women working full-time, year-round in 2014 typically earned 79 percent of what men earned, indicating little change or progress in pay equity.

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Houghtaling-Downey Bill Expanding Access to Cold Weather Shelters Approved by Assembly Committee

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A new bill expanding the times when cold weather shelters are opened to at-risk individuals, including families experiencing temporary homelessness, was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee this Thursday.

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Downey Bill Honoring Transgender Rights Activist Babs Siperstein Advances in Assembly

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) to name New Jersey’s “Transgender Day of Remembrance” in honor of New Jersey transgender activist Babs Siperstein was unanimously approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee today, moving the bill to the full Assembly for a vote.

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