Houghtaling Bill to Allow Wineries to Host Special Events Clears Assembly Panel

TRENTON – With the goal for certain wineries to continue supplementing their revenue by hosting events, legislation (A-2775) sponsored by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) to permanently adopt a 2014 pilot program that permitted wineries on preserved farmland to host special events was approved Thursday by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

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District 11 Ocean Township District Office Moving to New Location

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - The Ocean Township District Office of State Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey is relocating from its previous address of 802 West Park Avenue, Suite 221. The legislators’ new Ocean Township District Office is located in the rear building of the same office complex at 802 West Park Avenue, Building 3, 2nd Floor, Suite 302.

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Houghtaling & Downey Introduce Bill Package Addressing Issues Faced by Students with Disabilities

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Aiming to support students with disabilities who receive Medicaid to support the cost of independent living, Senator Vin Gopal (D-Monmouth) joined Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Joann Downey (D-Monmouth) and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth) to introduce a new package of legislation aiming to increase care hours and accommodations for New Jersey residents with disabilities. The legislation, which was developed in response to challenges faced by college student Anna Landre in her efforts to obtain Medicaid assistance for her disability, would provide additional support for Garden State residents looking to study at institutions of higher education.

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Gardener News: Helping Farmers of the Sea

In the time since I first joined the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, I’ve learned that agriculture involves far more than just farming. New Jersey’s industry extends far beyond that - from greenhouses to gardens, nurseries, and woodlands. Though many don’t realize it, it also reaches into our rivers, our coasts, and our seas.

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Legislators Host Drive for Women’s Shelters for International Women’s Day

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - A new charity drive is asking Monmouth County residents to donate hygiene products, toiletries, and personal care products - basic necessities that are in high demand at local women’s shelters.

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Downey Applauds New State Funding for Opioid Treatment

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assembly Human Services Chairwoman Joann Downey released the following statement lauding today’s announcement of over $1.6 million in County Innovation Grants to combat the opioid epidemic in New Jersey:

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