Committee Passes Downey Bill Protecting Injured Employees from Debt Collection Agencies

TRENTON – In an effort to prevent injured employees from having their medical bills incorrectly sent to debt collection or credit reporting agencies, Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) has sponsored a bill prohibiting medical providers from reporting unpaid workers’ compensation-related charges without first receiving a ruling from the Division of Workers’ Compensation.

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Houghtaling Bill to Help Connect Job Candidates with Manufacturing Jobs Now Law

With more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs throughout the country going unfilled this past September, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling sponsored legislation to help connect New Jersey workers with these abundant positions. The legislation was signed into law Thursday.

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First Round of Applications for Library Construction Bond Act Now Open

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey today announced the launch of the first round of grant solicitations for the Library Construction Bond Act. The Act, which authorized $125 million in state bonds, was passed by New Jersey voters in November 2017 to support public libraries providing modern and technologically efficient library facilities.

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Houghtaling & Downey Announce $250,000 Homelessness Prevention Grant to Asbury Park Nonprofit

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey today announced that the Community Affairs and Resource Center, has been approved to receive a $250,000 award from the Homelessness Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing 2 program. This award will provide funds to provide assistance and stabilization services to individuals or families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness in Monmouth County.

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Gardener News: Hemp Could Be the Garden State’s New Cash Crop

Marijuana might be the hot topic of today’s politics, but the legalization of hemp - cannabis’s non-psychoactive cousin - is an issue of equal or even greater importance that’s mostly snuck under the radar. That’s partly because hemp, unlike cannabis, is more suited to industrial than recreational use - and partly because, as of the 2018 federal Farm Bill and the 2019 New Jersey Hemp Farming Act, it’s now (mostly) legal.

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Downey "Salary History" Ban Goes Into Effect for New Jersey Employers

MONMOUTH COUNTY - A new state law will now ban New Jersey employers from asking potential job applicants about their salary history - a controversial practice that critics say promotes unfairness in the workplace and perpetuates the gender wage gap.

“The gender wage gap can drag down anyone’s earnings, even if their employer doesn’t mean to discriminate at all,” said Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold), who sponsored the law in the State Assembly. “A single underpaying job can set a worker back permanently, draining thousands or even millions of dollars from potential paychecks in other positions.”

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