Houghtaling Bill Recognizing Wildlife Preservation Efforts Now Law

TRENTON – To recognize environmentally conscious landowners who make efforts to preserve wildlife on their property, legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) was signed into law on Tuesday.

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Houghtaling-Downey Bill Expanding Access to Cold Weather Shelters Now Law

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A bill expanding the times when cold weather shelters are opened to at-risk individuals, including families experiencing temporary homelessness, was signed by Governor Murphy this Tuesday.

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Downey Bill Banning ‘Gay Panic’ Defense Now Law

OCEAN TOWNSHIP – Under the “gay panic” or “trans panic defense,” it was previously legal for New Jersey defendants to seek to reduce a charge of murder to a charge of manslaugher if their actions were allegedly provoked by their discovery of their victim's gender identity or sexual orientation. That defense has now been banned under a new law (A-1796) sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal and Assemblywoman Joann Downey, signed by Governor Murphy this Tuesday, which would permanently ban the use of the so-called “gay panic defense” for the commission of murder.

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“Slow Down or Move Over” Act Honoring Deceased State Trooper Now Law

TRENTON - This Monday, Governor Murphy signed the “Slow Down or More Over, It’s the Law Act” sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey in effort to strengthen the protections provided by the “Move Over Law” for emergency workers on New Jersey roads.

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Legislators Host Blood Drive for Neptune Toddler

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP - The parents of Charlotte Scalese, a 2-year-old cancer patient who lives in Neptune Township, are asking their Monmouth County neighbors to give blood to support Charlotte’s recovery at a blood drive on Friday, January 31.

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Governor Signs Downey-Sponsored "Combat to College Act"

MONMOUTH COUNTY - The “Combat to College” Act sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold) was signed by Governor Murphy this Monday.

Under this bill (A-790), military service members and veterans living in New Jersey would be granted priority when registering for courses at New Jersey public colleges and universities.

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