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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Downey Bill to Keep Sexual Predators Out of Schools Heads to Governor

Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey, along with co-sponsor Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling, to thoroughly vet prospective school employees for allegations of sexual misconduct to prevent sexual predators from working in schools received final legislative approval on Monday and now heads to the governor.

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 witdownload.jpgh the hiring school district, at times because of a non-disclosure agreement, leaving the hiring district without this important information.

 “The way things are set up now, predators seem to have free reign to move from school to school and hurt children without any consequence,” said Downey (D-Monmouth). “Having a review that is meant to reveal these types of accusations can help protect students from these predators.”

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Downey Bill Requiring NJ to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Approved by Assembly

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(TRENTON) - The full Assembly on Thursday gave final legislative approval to legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, James Kennedy and Nancy Pinkin requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The measure passed 49-23. 

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Houghtaling Bill to Prevent Vandalism on Farmlands Clears Assembly

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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Adam Taliaferro and Bob Andrzejczak to protect agricultural and horticultural lands against trespassing and vandalism was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

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Downey Bill Package to Strengthen Domestic Violence Protections Advances

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Bill would enhance domestic violence training for judges, prosecutors and law enforcement officers; amend domestic violence definition to ensure offenders not spared penalties

(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel on Monday approved a four-bill legislative package sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to better protect victims of domestic violence.

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Downey Legislation Ensuring Homeowners who Prepaid Property Taxes Get Immediate State Income Tax Credit Advances

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(TRENTON) -- An Assembly panel on Monday advanced multiple measures sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey conerniing federal tax changes to prepayment guidelines, and ensuring homeowners who have pre-paid property tax payments are able to include these payments as part of their 2017 state taxes.

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Downey Bill to Revise Wiretap Law Gains Assembly Panel Approval

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(TRENTON) – An Assembly panel on Thursday approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Gordon Johnson, Benjie Wimberly, Tim Eustace, Vince Mazzeo and Joann Downey to revise the state’s wiretapping laws to help aid investigations into crimes such as child luring.

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

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(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vince Mazzeo, Joseph Lagana, Bob Andrzejczak, Andrew Zwicker, Bruce Land, Dan Benson & Joann Downey to require schools to maintain a supply of an opioid antidote was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.

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Downey Bill to Require School Districts to Display Child Abuse Hotline Information in Schools Clears Assembly Panel

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(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera. Patricia Egan Jones, Jamel Holley, Angela McKnight and Joann Downey to require school districts to display the state's child abuse hotline in schools was released Thursday by an Assembly panel. 

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Downey Bill Requiring NJ to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Clears First Legislative Hurdle

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(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel approved on Thursday legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Andrew Zwicker, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Tim Eustace, Joann Downey, James Kennedy and Nancy Pinkin requiring New Jersey to take part in the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the Paris Climate Accord and the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The bill was first introduced last session, and given final approval by the Assembly on January 8. It was among many bills subjected to a pocket veto under the previous Governor. 

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