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Houghtaling & Downey Introduce First-of-its-Kind Tick Control Bill in New Jersey

New Jersey is especially conducive to dangerous, disease-carrying ticks because of the state’s climate, woodlands and large agricultural sector. Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey, however, have taken action to reduce the risk of tick-borne diseases, as they introduced legislation on Thursday to authorize the state and county mosquito control commissions to create and implement measures to control the tick population.

“New Jersey has the third most tick-borne disease cases in the entire United States, yet we have never taken any action to curb the spread of these diseases through controlling the tick population,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “Diseases stemming from tick bites can be incredibly dangerous—and in rare cases, fatal—and we must put forth every effort to prevent the spread of these diseases in order to protect our residents.”

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**SEPTEMBER 17 MEDIA ADVISRORY**
Houghtaling & Downey to Join Nurses and Health Professionals Fighting for Patient Safety and Workers' Rights with Congressional and State Representatives

Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (both D-Monmouth) will join Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) President Ann Twomey, HPAE Local 5058 President Kendra McCann, Congressman Frank Pallone and Senator Vin Gopal to urge Hackensack Meridian Health to reach a contract agreement with HPAE to ensure patient health and safety after months of bargaining.

The event will be held on Monday, September 17 at 4:30 PM at Gables Park, on the corner of Highway 33 and Wakefield Road in Neptune, New Jersey 07753.

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Bills Granting Priority College Course Registration to Military Service Members and Veterans, Academic Credit to Certain Veterans Clears Assembly Committee

Making the path to higher education easier for New Jersey service members and veterans, two bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats assisting with college course registration and earning credit for their skills were advanced by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Monday.

The first bill (A-790), known as the "Combat to College Act," and sponsored by legislators Bob Andrzejczak, R. Bruce Land, Gabriela Mosquera, Raj Mukherji, Joann Downey, Andrew Zwicker and Vincent Mazzeo, provides military service members and veterans living in New Jersey and attending a public institution of higher education with priority status when registering for courses. The priority registration benefit would apply to current military service members serving on active duty and to veterans honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances. This registration procedure would occur using the same methods as those used by other segments of the student population, if any, for priority registration purposes at the institution.

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Assemblywoman Joann Downey Main Page