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
(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
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
On October 1, 2017, our country witnessed the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history when a gunman opened fire on a concert crowd in Las Vegas, killing 58 and wounding more than 500 people. A tragedy of this magnitude is so unthinkable it almost defies explanation. But even as the news of the shooting fades from the headlines, we are left with hundreds of families who must now cope with an unfathomable loss.
These are families that will be forever changed by tragedy, communities who are mourning friends and neighbors. These are sons and daughters who won’t be coming home for the holidays this year.Read more
Legislation Assembly Democrats Gabriela Mosquera, Arthur Barclay, Patricia Egan Jones, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Pamela Lampitt and Joann Downey sponsored to establish a protocol to support employees who are victims of domestic violence unanimously cleared the Senate on Thursday and now heads to the Governor's desk. The legislation was unanimously approved by the Assembly in May.Read more
A bill package sponsored by Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey would enact commonsense regulations on handgun ammunition purchases, including requiring photo identification for purchases and requiring electronic reporting of ammunition sales. The legislation is based on recommendations from the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation follow-up report, issued in November of 2016, entitled “Armed and Dangerous -- Ten Years Later.”Read more
Downey, Houghtaling Legislation Strengthening Protections of Unsecured Baby Monitors Signed into Law
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Gabriela Mosquera, Joe Danielsen and Eric Houghtaling to establish protections for families who use baby monitors with an internet connection was signed into law on Thursday.Read more
Assembly Members Houghtaling and Downey released the following statement in response to attempts by Governor Christie to once again loosen gun carry permits in New Jersey:Read more
Legislation Assembly Democrats Daniel R. Benson, Raj Mukherji, Elizabeth Muoio, Jamel Holley, Shavonda Sumter, Joann Downey, Pamela Lampitt, Sheila Oliver, Joe Danielsen and Benjie Wimberly sponsored to support workers who are attacked while supervising inmates or detainees was approved 34-0 Monday by the Senate, giving it final legislative approval.
The bill was approved by the Assembly in February. It now goes to the governor.Read more
Downey, Houghtaling Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Gun Violence Heads to Governor's Desk
Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera, Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald and Assembly Democrats Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling, Shavonda Sumter, Daniel R. Benson and Pamela Lampitt to strengthen New Jersey's gun laws and protect victims of domestic abuse from gun violence gained final legislative approval from the full Assembly on Thursday.Read more