Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Create Gross Income Tax Return Contribution Supporting Affordable Housing Alliance Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to allow voluntary contributions on gross income tax returns to support Affordable Housing Alliance cleared the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee on Monday.

“With this bill, taxpayers can voluntarily help Affordable Housing Alliance continue to support residents in their time of need through a contribution on their gross income tax return,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling. “This designation is a good thing to do for the organizations who truly lend a hand in the community.”

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Houghtaling Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Legislative Package Approved by Assembly Panel

An Assembly panel approved on Monday a three-bill legislative package sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling requiring certain verifications for LIHEAP applicants, annually updating LIHEAP handbooks and providing quarterly trainings for employees.

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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Downey Bill Allowing Parents or Guardians to Place Security Freeze on Child’s Consumer Report Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey authorizing a parent or legal guardian to place a security freeze on a child’s consumer report cleared the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee on Monday.

The bill (A-1096) provides that a security freeze is to remain in place until the protected consumer’s parent or legal guardian requests that the security freeze be removed or the protected consumer reaches 18 years of age.

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Houghtaling Bills Supporting Winery Industry Advance

Two Assembly measures sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling designed to help New Jersey’s burgeoning winery industry create jobs and economic development were advanced Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee during a special meeting at the Jessie Creek Winery.

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Houghtaling and Downey Respond to Caren Turner Incident

In response to the behavior of Port Authority Commissioner Caren Turner towards two Tenafly Police Officers, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements:

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Historic Equal Pay Act Signed Into Law

           

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to promote equal pay for women was signed into law by the Governor on Tuesday.

The law (A-1) modifies current law, including the Law Against Discrimination (LAD), to strengthen protections against employment discrimination and promote equal pay for equal women.

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Houghtaling and Downey Introduce Bill to Allow Sports Betting

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey recently introduced a bill that would allow casinos in Atlantic City and racetracks, including former racetracks, in this State to conduct wagering on professional and collegiate sport or athletic events.

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Houghtaling and Downey Introduce Bill Strengthening Move Over Law

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey have introduced a bill amending the Move Over Law to strengthen penalties for drivers who violate the law.

The bill requires two motor vehicle penalty points to be assessed when a driver violates the Move Over Law.

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Downey 'Pass The Trash Bill' Signed Into Law

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to thoroughly vet prospective school employees for allegations of sexual misconduct to prevent sexual predators from working in schools has been signed into law.         

There have been numerous cases where teachers accused of sexual misconduct involving children in one school were able to find work in other schools where they victimized other children. The past misconduct may not have been shared with the hiring school district, at times because of a non-disclosure agreement, leaving the hiring district without this important information.

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Houghtaling Joins Manufacturing Caucus

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling has joined the bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus.

“I am honored and proud to have had the opportunity to join the bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. I am looking forward to having a stronger voice in representing the hardworking men and women of New Jersey," Assemblyman Houghtaling said. 

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Houghtaling and Downey Offer Support of Murphy Executive Order

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey stand behind Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order pertaining to gun violence.

Signed today at Asbury Park Middle School, the order directs the Department of Law and Public Safety to consider all reasonable efforts to publicly release information on guns used in the commission of crimes in the state. The information is to be posted on the website of the State Police and the Department of Law and Public Safety.

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Houghtaling and Downey's ‘Jake Honig’s Law’ to Expand Access to Medical Marijuana Advanced by Assembly Panel

Legislation Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey sponsored to expand access to medical marijuana was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The bill is designated “Jake Honig’s Law” in honor of Jake Honig, a Howell resident nicknamed “Jake the Tank” who, at the age of two, was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer with a rare genetic mutation.

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Princess Prom Project Returns for Third Year

Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey are pleased to announce the Princess Prom Project is back for the third year.

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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