Downey Bill to Ensure Safety of Students Transported on School Buses Becomes Law


(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joseph Lagana, Reed Gusciora, Raj Mukherji, Jamel Holley, Daniel R. Benson, Joe Danielsen, Benjie Wimberly and Joann Downey to prevent individuals who have had their driving privileges suspended or revoked from operating a school bus was signed into law this week. 

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OP-ED: Legislature Must Ban Bump Stocks Without Delay


On October 1, 2017, our country witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding more than 500 people. A tragedy of this magnitude is so unthinkable it almost defies explanation. But even as the news of the shooting fades from the headlines, we are left with hundreds of families who must now cope with an unfathomable loss.

These are families that will be forever changed by tragedy, communities who are mourning friends and neighbors. These are sons and daughters who won’t be coming home for the holidays this year.

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Houghtaling Legislation to Help Protect & Preserve Monarch Butterfly Population Heads to Governor's Desk


TRENTON -- A legislative package sponsored by Monmouth County Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling that would help protect the monarch butterfly population has received final legislative approval and will now head to the governor’s desk. The monarch butterfly population, which stops to feed in New Jersey as it migrates south, has dwindled dramatically due to a shortage of their primary food.

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Downey Legislation to Create Domestic Violence Policy for Public Employers Heads to Governor


Legislation Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Arthur Barclay, Patricia Egan Jones, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey sponsored to establish a protocol to support employees who are victims of domestic violence unanimously cleared the Senate on Thursday and now heads to the Governor's desk. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Assembly in May.

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Trump Tax Scheme Means Huge Property Tax Increase For Monmouth County Families


OCEAN TWP -- Senator-Elect Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, and Assemblywoman Joann Downey released the following statement in response to news that the Trump Administration’s tax overhaul bill has received approval from the Senate Budget Committee:

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Five Years After Superstorm Sandy, Recovery is Still a Legislative Priority


OCEAN TWP -- Following the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey said they are as committed as ever to advancing legislation addressing the continuing struggles of Sandy victims. Houghtaling and Downey have already sponsored legislation protecting Sandy homeowners from foreclosure and boosting disaster preparedness across New Jersey, and are now looking toward the next legislative session to continue their work on behalf of families and small businesses impacted by Sandy.

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