Downey Bill Promoting Equal Pay for Women Sent to Governor's Desk

Historic legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to promote equal pay for women was advanced out of both the Assembly and Senate on Monday.

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

Specifically, the bill will amend the LAD to make it an unlawful practice for an employer to discriminate against an employee because the employee is a member of a class protected against discrimination by the LAD, by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of a protected class less than the rate paid to employees not of the class for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility.

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Houghtaling Bill to Promote Farm-to-Table Restaurants Passes Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling to publicly promote farm-to-table restaurants on the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism website was advanced through the Assembly during the chamber’s voting session on Monday.

“In the age of mass production and processed food, it is important to promote establishments that are providing New Jerseyans with the freshest, cleanest food,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling.

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Downey Bill to Require Schools to Maintain Narcan Supply Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was released Monday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-542) would require high schools to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride, or a similar opioid antidote, and permit the school nurse to administer the antidote to a student or staff member who is experiencing an overdose. The board of education may designate additional employees who may be trained and authorized to administer the antidote in the absence of the nurse.

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Downey Bill Ensuring Homeowners Who Prepaid Property Taxes Get State Income Tax Credit Advances by Panel

Legislation Assemblywoman Joann Downey introduced to ensure homeowners who prepaid property taxes last year because of federal tax law changes will get credit for doing so under 2017 state income taxes was advanced Thursday by an Assembly panel.

The bill (A-2650) requires the state to accept advance property tax payments as part of the property tax deduction available on state income tax returns.

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Downey and Houghtaling Bill Establishes Firearm Violence Research Center


Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling have sponsored legislation supporting Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to establish a Firearm Violence Research Center at a New Jersey institution of higher education.

The bill (A1108) establishes a Firearm Research Center at Rutgers University for the purpose of carrying out research that addresses the causes, prevention and reduction of firearm-related violence.

 

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Downey Bill Promoting Equal Pay for Women Advances

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to promote equal pay for women was advanced out of the Assembly Labor Committee on Monday.

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

Specifically, the bill will amend the LAD to make it an unlawful practice for an employer to discriminate against an employee because the employee is a member of a class protected against discrimination by the LAD, by paying a rate of compensation, including benefits, to employees of a protected class less than the rate paid to employees not of the class for substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility.

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Assembly Panel Moves on Houghtaling and Downey Bill Barring Public Agencies from Settling Whistleblower Suits Confidentially

An Assembly panel approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey that would bar public entities from entering into confidential settlements of whistleblower lawsuits with public employees and mandate that such settlements are part of open public records.

The bill was first introduced last session in response to the settlement reached with former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who testified extensively on the bill during a hearing this week before the Judiciary Committee.  Barlyn filed a lawsuit against the state in 2012 alleging he had been fired in 2010 after complaining to a superior that an indictment brought by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office had been dismissed by then Attorney General Paula Dow for political reasons. 

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Houghtaling Bill to Consolidate Homestead Property Tax Information Data Given OK to Advance by Assembly Panel

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling  to make it easier for homeowners to find their information for the Homestead Property Tax Reimbursement Program application was recently approved by the Assembly State and Local Committee.

The homestead property tax reimbursement program provides property taxpayers with a refund of the difference between property taxes paid in the base year, the first year in which a taxpayer becomes eligible to participate in the program, and the year for which an eligible claimant seeks reimbursement.

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Promote Veterans Income Tax Exemption

Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey urge residents to apply for an Income Tax Exemption that benefits local veterans.

The Veteran Income Tax Exemption allows eligible veterans to receive a $3,000 exemption on their Income Tax returns.

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Announce Ocean Community Economic Action Now Funding

Senator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey announce Ocean Community Economic Action Now, Inc. [OCEAN], has been approved to receive a $457,686 award from the Heating Improvement Program.

This funding will provide funds to improve heating system efficiency in the homes of eligible households in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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Downey Bill to Prevent Gun Violence among Individuals with Mental Disorders Clears Assembly Panel

Legislation Assemblywoman Joann Downey sponsored, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, to prevent individuals with an elevated risk of engaging in violence due to mental illness from causing harm to themselves and others was advanced 532449501.jpgWednesday by the Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Suicide – the 10th leading cause of death in the United States overall and the second leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 – is substantially more likely among those with mental disorders, Jones noted.

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Gopal, Houghtaling, Downey Decry Increase in Anti-Semitic Incidents

hands-1939895_960_720.pngSenator Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey call on all New Jersey residents to unite against the rash of anti-Semitic incidents that have scourged the state.

In 2017, there were 208 reports of anti-Semitic incidents in New Jersey – a 32 percent increase from 2016 and the third most of any state in the nation, according an Anti-Defamation League report published Feb. 27.

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Announce Transportation Funds for Monmouth Towns

Sen. Vin Gopal, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey announce 13 Monmouth County municipalities within District 11 will receive over $4.2 million in funding through the Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Program.510411610.jpg

“The infusion of over $4.2 million in grant funding for roadway projects into District 11 is a massive win for our residents,” said Sen. Gopal. “Not only will these projects ensure roadways throughout the district are safe and navigable, they will not have any negative impacts on local property taxes – a key concern for many Monmouth County families.”

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