Houghtaling & Downey Work to Restore Benefits for New Jersey LGBTQ Veterans Discharged Under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - For nearly 18 years, members of the United States military could be dishonorably discharged if they were found to be gay, lesbian, or bisexual under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), an official military policy that forced thousands of patriotic Americans out of the military, depriving them of a chance to serve their country and their hard-earned benefits. Today, Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling announced the introduction of new state legislation restoring these benefits for LGBTQ veterans discharged under DADT.

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Gardener News: Agriculture’s Role in Preserving Open Space

One of the great and constant lessons of working on the State Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is how closely agricultural issues intertwine with the preservation of natural resources and open space.

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Full Assembly Clears Downey Bill to End School Lunch Shaming, Address Meal Debt Practices in Schools

Following the controversy surrounding unpaid breakfast and lunch meals, legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey to address practices employed by New Jersey schools concerning this debt was advanced unanimously by a full Assembly vote of 79-0 on Monday.

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Houghtaling & Downey Laud Governor’s Proposed $50 Million for School Stabilization Aid

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey were pleased to see that Governor Murphy is supporting their well-publicized plan for stabilization aid to school districts facing a decrease in state funding due to declining enrollment during his annual budget address this Tuesday. 

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Gopal, Houghtaling and Downey Announce State Award for Interfaith Neighbors

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Senator Vin Gopal joined Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling and Assemblywoman Joann Downey in announcing a $25,000 award to Interfaith Neighbors in Asbury Park from the state Meals On Wheels program.

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From the Assembly: A Student’s Inspiring Story

Often, the inspiration behind legislation is the story of a single individual that is so compelling it demands action.

Anna Landre, a former Freehold Township High School valedictorian who is currently a thriving student at Georgetown University, is one of those individuals. Her near-perfect 3.9-grade point average through her first two years helped Anna land an internship at the U.S. State Department last summer - but it almost didn’t happen.

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