Downey and Houghtaling Bill to Help Homeless and Disabled Veterans Procure Affordable Housing Now Law


Legislation sponsored by Monmouth County Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling to establish an affordable housing occupancy preference for homeless and disabled veterans in New Jersey was signed into law on Friday.

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Houghtaling and Downey Combat Opioid Abuse Crisis with Legislative Bill Package


The New Jersey Legislature will consider a package of bills sponsored by local Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that takes aim at the epidemic of opioid abuse in the State of New Jersey. The measures tackle opioid abuse on several fronts, incorporating public awareness, education, and responsible regulation of prescriptions.

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February 3rd Will be Known as 'Senator Joseph Palaia Day' After Governor Signs Houghtaling & Downey Resolution


A Joint Resolution to the New Jersey Legislature that designates February 3rd of each year as “Senator Joseph Palaia Day” in the State of New Jersey was signed into law Tuesday by Governor Christie. The resolution was introduced by local Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, who sought to commemorate Palaia’s legacy as a public servant and leader in bipartisanship.

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Downey & Houghtaling Legislation to Promote Small Business Growth Gains Committee Approval


Legislation Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling sponsored to help promising small businesses grow and thrive in New Jersey was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.

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Resolution to Honor Late Senator Joe Palaia Gains Legislative Approval


A Joint Resolution honoring the late Senator Joseph Palaia introduced by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey gained approval from both houses of the New Jersey State Legislature on Monday and will now head to the Governor’s desk. The Joint Resolution to the New Jersey Legislature would designate February 3rd of each year as “Senator Joseph Palaia Day” in the State of New Jersey, commemorating the former Senator from Monmouth County.

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In recent days, a fast-tracked bill to end government-paid public notices in newspapers has advanced through the Assembly in Trenton. The stated aim of this proposed legislation is to save taxpayers and municipalities money by posting notices online instead of through traditional print media. I believe that the actual savings to New Jersey’s taxpayers will be negligible and the potential mischief of such a bill would be too great a threat to transparency in government.

When this bill comes to the floor of the Assembly, I will be voting “NO.”

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