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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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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