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Bill Package Dedicated to Land Preservation Clears Assembly Panel

Bills sponsored by Taliaferro, Houghtaling, Downey, Land, Mukherji & Verrelli

Looking to maintain the beauty and applicability of New Jersey's farm and historic lands, Assembly Democrats sponsored a three-bill package, which cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee Monday.

“New Jersey’s farmlands are the foundation for a strong agricultural industry and a way of life for generations of farm families," said Taliaferro (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). "Farmland preservation is a key component for our agriculture industry to sustain itself and for it to continue to be a pillar of our state’s economy."

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Mazzeo, Armato, Downey and Houghtaling Bill Including Atlantic County in “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act” Advances

Combining municipalities’ resources in an effort to ease the burden on taxpayers, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Vincent Mazzeo, John Armato, Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling that would allow municipalities within Atlantic County to share municipal court administrators under the “Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act” was advanced by an Assembly Panel Thursday.

“As legislators for the second district, we are always pushing for shared services programs that will improve quality of life and save money for our hard-working families,” said Mazzeo (D-Atlantic). “This law will include Atlantic County as a pilot county in the ‘Common Sense Shared Services Pilot Program Act,’ which will increase our towns’ access to government services, in turn, increasing both effectiveness and efficiency in their municipal operations.”

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Schaer, Mazzeo, McKeon & Houghtaling Bill Promoting Shared Services Clears Committee

Both lowering the coasts to taxpayers and increasing government efficiency, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Vincent Mazzeo, John McKeon and Eric Houghtaling was approved by the Assembly State and Local Government Committee on Thursday.

“For homeowners in New Jersey, property taxes are the greatest burden,” said Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic). “Sharing a tax administrator and clerical assistance is a common sense way to reduce costs to the taxpayers without losing services.”

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Taliaferro, Houghtaling and Downey on Their Bill Appropriating $15,000,000 from Constitutionally Dedicated CBT Revenues to Protect NJ’s Farmlands

Assembly Members Adam Taliaferro, Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey issued the following statements on the advancement of their bill (A-4733) out of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday, which appropriates $15,000,000 from constitutionally dedicated corporate business tax (CBT) revenues to the State Agricultural Development Committee for municipal planning incentive grants for farmland preservation purposes:

Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland): “New Jersey’s farmlands are the foundation for a strong agricultural industry and a way of life for generations of farm families. Farmland preservation is a key component for our agriculture industry to sustain itself and for it to continue to be a pillar of our state’s economy.”

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Houghtaling, Verrelli and Taliaferro on their Bill Appropriating CBT Revenues to Nonprofit Organizations for Farmland Preservation

Assemblymen Eric Houghtaling, Anthony Verrelli and Adam Taliaferro issued the following statements on the advancement of their bill (A-4735) out of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee Thursday, which appropriates $1,591,000 from constitutionally dedicated corporate business tax (CBT) revenues to the State Agriculture Development Committee for Grants to certain nonprofits dedicated to land conservation:

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Monmouth): “Without the support of vital nonprofit groups working to make New Jersey’s farmlands the best in the country, our agriculture industry would not be able to thrive. It is important to support these organizations in their efforts to preserve our farmlands so our agricultural sector can remain strong for years to come.”

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Houghtaling, Downey & Calabrese “New Jersey-Made” Bill to Develop and Designate an Official State Logo Advanced by Assembly Committee

(TRENTON) – Encouraging the state to highlight products that are made in New Jersey, Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling, Joann Downey and Clinton Calabrese have sponsored legislation that would create an official “NJ-Made” logo which could be used by in-state manufacturers on their products. The bill was released by the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on Monday.

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Downey & Houghtaling Legislation to Promote Small Business Growth Gains Committee Approval

Bill Would Help Businesses Learn How to Increase Revenue, Build Brand

(TRENTON) - Aiming to help promising small businesses grow and thrive in New Jersey, legislation Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling creating the Economic Gardening Program was advanced Monday by an Assembly committee.

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Downey, Houghtaling & Mosquera Bill Requiring Hotels to have AEDs in Populated Locations Clears Assembly Panel

Bill Named in Honor of Michael Anthony Fornicola

To protect the lives of New Jersey's hotel patrons, Assembly Members Joann Downey, Eric Houghtaling and Gabriela Mosquera have sponsored legislation ensuring hotels have automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the most populated areas of hotels. The bill cleared the Assembly Gaming, Tourism and the Arts Committee Monday.

"We must do everything in our abilities to protect the lives of New Jersey's residents," said Downey (D-Monmouth). "As shown by the tragic death of Micheel Anthony Fornicola, AEDs can mean the difference between life and death, and this bill is in the interest of all New Jerseyans."

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Houghtaling and Downey Bill Imposing Points on License for Violation of “Move Over Law” Clears Assembly Panel

To better protect law enforcement officers in the line of duty, Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are sponsoring legislation to revise the penalties associated with violations of New Jersey’s “Move Over Law.” The bill was advanced out of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee Monday.

“Violators of the move over law are putting officers at serious risk of injury or death, and they must understand that the severity of their actions,” said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). “This bill shows how seriously we take the safety of our state’s brave police officers and will create more awareness for the current Move Over Law.”

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