Committee Clears Downey Bill Protecting Abused Seniors

TRENTON - With the goal to ensure individuals who fail to report suspected abuse or exploitation of a senior citizen residing in a nursing home or other institution are appropriately brought to justice, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Aging and Senior Services Committee.

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Houghtaling Bill Legalizing eSports Betting Passes Committee

TRENTON - Looking to allow New Jersey residents to bet on a wide variety of sporting events, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling sponsored legislation to permanently include additional skill-based competitions such as electronic sports (eSports) in the state’s legal sports wagering industry.

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Downey Bill Expanding Access to Medical Cannabis for Homebound Patients Approved by Committee

TRENTON – In an effort to help more New Jersey patients access the pain relief they need, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) sponsored a bill that would allow health care practitioners to remotely authorize medical marijuana use via telemedicine.

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Houghtaling & Downey Work to Restore Benefits for New Jersey LGBTQ Veterans Discharged Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - For nearly 18 years, members of the United States military could be dishonorably discharged if they were found to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), an official military policy that forced thousands of patriotic Americans out of the military, depriving them of a chance to serve their country and their hard-earned benefits. Today, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling announced the introduction of new state legislation restoring these benefits for LGBTQ veterans discharged under DADT.

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Gardener News: Agriculture’s Role in Preserving Open Space

One of the great and constant lessons of working on the State Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is how closely agricultural issues intertwine with the preservation of natural resources and open space.

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Full Assembly Clears Downey Bill to End School Lunch Shaming, Address Meal Debt Practices in Schools

Following the controversy surrounding unpaid breakfast and lunch meals, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to address practices employed by New Jersey schools concerning this debt was advanced unanimously by a full Assembly vote of 79-0 on Monday.

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