Assembly Approves Houghtaling, Downey Bill to Forgive Student Loan Debt in Event of Borrower's Death or Permanent Disability


The New Jersey General Assembly this week approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would forgive certain student loan debt in the event of a borrower’s death or total permanent disability.

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Monmouth County Assembly Members Collecting School Supplies to Benefit Local Students


Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have launched their first annual Supplies for Students drive, to collect backpacks, notebooks, crayons, pencils, and various other school supplies for local students in need. The supply drive will run until the end of the summer, and donations will benefit United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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Assembly Members Houghtaling and Downey Announce 5K Team, Effort to Raise $25,000 for Pancreatic Cancer Research


As part of their initiative to bring more attention and awareness to pancreatic cancer, Assembly Members Houghtaling and Downey have launched a team for the upcoming “Pound the Pavement for Purple” 5K run/walk to be held in Neptune Township in October. The members have begun recruiting team members and donors, aiming to raise $25,000 through their team for the Lustgarten Foundation and pancreatic cancer research.

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Watch Assemblywoman Downey's Interview on Comcast Newsmakers


Assemblywoman Joann Downey discusses legislation she's sponsoring alongside Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, including bills to bar individuals with DWIs from operating NJ Transit locomotives and to require microstamping of all handguns manufactured in New Jersey.

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DOWNEY: 'Fairness Formula' robs from poor, gives to rich




Education is the essence of American opportunity. It levels the playing field and makes the system fair. Our current state school funding formula was developed with the best intentions, but now its inadequacies are holding back the children that it once intended to help. Reforms are needed and educational fairness must be restored.

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill to Reaffirm the Right of Individuals With Service Dogs to Ride on NJ Transit Becomes Law


Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to prohibit New Jersey Transit from denying individuals who require a guide or service dog access to any of its modes of transportation was signed into law on Thursday. NJ Transit previously had a policy that excluded guide dogs on sedans, including its Access Link fleet, which serves the disabled population. NJ Transit later changed its policy, and this law codifies those changes.

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