Houghtaling Bill to Boost School Security Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to ensure school buildings are safe was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-4147) would require school districts to annually conduct a school safety audit for each of its buildings using a standardized checklist. The school district would submit the completed audit to the state Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness and the Department of Education. The audits would be kept confidential and would not be deemed a public record. The audits may be used for the purposes of allocating any state grants or loans available for school facility safety and security upgrades.

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Houghtaling Bill Establishing Value-Added Dairy Farming Program Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling requiring the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) to establish a “Value-Added Dairy Farming Program” cleared the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Thursday.

“This is a program that will assist the growing needs of our dairy farmers,” said Houghtaling. “We must make our dairy products a commodity again.”

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Houghtaling & Downey Legislation Aiding in Tax Relief for Veterans Approved by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey extending property tax deductions and exemptions for veterans living in continuing care retirement communities was cleared by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Thursday.

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Downey Bill Providing Oversight to Medicaid Transportation Brokerage Program Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey establishing standards in association with New Jersey’s transportation brokerage program cleared the Assembly Human Services Committee on Thursday.

“It is simply not right for patients to be late for their appointments, or miss them all together, through no fault of your own,” said Downey. “Not only will our bill solve this problem by requiring drivers to arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled pickup time, but it will also save the state a significant amount of money by implementing strict oversight measures to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.”

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey’s Princess Prom Project a Great Success

Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey provided nearly 50 local high school girls with beautiful prom dresses through the third annual Princess Prom Project.

The expenses related to prom can add up quickly, especially for a family living on a tight budget. The Princess Prom Project works to alleviate a major expense by providing local high school students with a dress and accessories to ensure every student has the opportunity to enjoy prom.

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Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Narcan Supply Continues Advancing

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was approved Thursday by a Senate panel.

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Houghtaling and Downey Applaud Gov. Murphy Signing Historic Gun Legislation

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are thrilled to see Governor Phil Murphy sign several key pieces of legislation they have sponsored and co-sponsored to implement common sense firearm regulations.

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill Authorizing Sports Betting Now Law

Legislation sponsored by Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey authorizing casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks to conduct wagering on professional and collegiate sport or athletic events was signed into law by Gov. Murphy on Monday.

The bill (A-4111) was approved 73-0 by the General Assembly and 37-0 by the Senate on June 7.

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Downey Bill Requiring DEP to Update Shore Protection Master Plan Advanced by Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey requiring the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to update the New Jersey Shore Protection Master Plan was approved by the Assembly on Thursday.

“It is imperative that we take the necessary steps to ensure the beautiful property and infrastructure down the Shore maintains its viability,” said Assemblywoman Downey. “We have suffered through some brutally destructive storms over the past several years, partially due to climate change, and the creation of managerial lists will allow us to effectively and efficiently protect our shoreline properties from coastal storm damage, erosion and rising sea levels.”

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill Authorizing Sports Betting Gains Final Approval, Goes to Governor

Legislation sponsored by Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey authorizing casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks to conduct wagering on professional and collegiate sport or athletic events received final legislative approval on Thursday and now heads to the governor’s desk.

The bill (A-4111) was approved 73-0 by the General Assembly and 37-0 by the Senate.

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Assembly Approves Houghtaling Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Bill

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to require LIHEAP handbooks to be updated annually and provide quarterly trainings for employees on administering the program was approved, 73-0, Thursday by the full Assembly.

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that allows the State to provide assistance to help low-income residents cover home energy costs. 

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Houghtaling & Downey Bill Expanding Issuance of Alcoholic Beverage Licenses Clears Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help revitalize shuttered military bases in Monmouth County by providing additional liquor licenses was approved Thursday by the General Assembly.

The bill would authorize the issuance of additional alcoholic beverage licenses to a project area in three municipalities where a federally owned or operated military installation is closed and transferred to a government entity for the purpose of conversion, redevelopment, or revitalization.

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Assembly Bill to Establish Loan Program for N.J. Wineries Goes to Governor

Legislation aiming to help New Jersey’s burgeoning winery industry create jobs and economic development received final legislative approval Thursday and now heads to the governor’s desk.  

The bill (A-1046), sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, directs the EDA, in consultation with Department of Agriculture, to establish a loan program for certain vineyard and winery capital expenses.

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