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 with 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.”Read more
(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.Read more
(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.Read more
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.Read more
Downey Legislation Ensuring Homeowners who Prepaid Property Taxes Get Immediate State Income Tax Credit Advances
(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.Read more
(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.Read more
(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.Read more
Downey Bill to Require School Districts to Display Child Abuse Hotline Information in Schools Clears Assembly Panel
(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.Read more
(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.Read more
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Adam Taliaferro and Bob Andrzejczak to protect agricultural and horticultural lands against trespassing and vandalism was advanced Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.Read more
(TRENTON) - Bipartisan legislation sponsored in-part by Assembly Democrats Daniel Benson, Eric Houghtaling, and Paul Moriarty to strengthen state law against energy "slamming" practices was released on Monday by the Assembly Telecommunications panel.
Energy "slamming" is a practice that involves changing consumers' electric power or gas supplier without their knowledge or consent.Read more
TRENTON -- Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Joann Downey concerning student eligibility for NJ STARS scholarships has been signed into law. The law (A-2565) allows NJ STARS and NJ STARS II scholarship recipients to maintain program eligibility in the event that a medical condition, hardship, or recent death of a parent or spouse prevents enrollment as a full-time student.Read more
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Raj Mukherji, Angela McKnight and Daniel R. Benson granting seniors and disabled residents more time to apply for their property tax rebates has been signed into law.Read more