Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are seven times more likely to be victimized by sexual assault. New Jersey will establish a Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Violence Against Persons with Developmental Disabilities under a new law signed by the Governor Friday.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Governor Murphy today signed legislation introduced by Assemblywoman Joann Downey intending to deter repeat drunk driving offenses by focusing state law more heavily on the use of ignition interlock devices (IIDs) as a preventative measure. An ignition interlock device or breath alcohol ignition interlock device is a breathalyzer for an individual's vehicle that requires the driver to blow into a mouthpiece on the device before starting or continuing to operate the vehicle.Read more
Aiming to make the application process for Medicaid and NJ FamilyCare simpler and more accessible, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling to improve the eligibility determination system for these programs was signed into law Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling today called for New Jersey to join Planned Parenthood in support of Title X healthcare services and to close the funding gap in women’s healthcare left by new federal rules.
“We cannot tolerate the administration’s attack on women’s healthcare, and I’m proud to see Planned Parenthood sticking so strongly to its to its values,” said Downey (D-Freehold). “If the federal government won’t do it, it’s time for New Jersey to step in and make sure that every woman can continue to receive essential services like pap smears, STI treatments, and pregnancy counseling. I was proud to be a sponsor of New Jersey’s legislation fully funding women’s healthcare services, and I’ll keep fighting to make sure that Planned Parenthood has all the support they need to perform this critical work.”Read more
Every woman should have access to proper prenatal care.
On August 13th, Governor Murphy signed Assemblywoman Joann Downey’s sponsored bill to ensure that all New Jersey mothers will have that access. The bill, which expands state Medicaid coverage for group prenatal care, will allow expecting mothers to obtain health assessments, social and clinical support, and educational activities.Read more
OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Aiming to prevent non-law enforcement officials from using police-style badges to garner favor, evade tickets, or avoid fines, legislation that would prevent state and local officials from obtaining such badges that was sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Joann Downey (D-Freehold) was signed into law Friday by Governor Phil Murphy.
The legislation was inspired by a 2018 incident in which the former Port Authority Commissioner verbally attacked two Tenafly police officers during a routine traffic stop and attempted to leverage her authority for personal gain by utilizing her badge.Read more