Assembly Housing and Community Development

The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee is responsible for reviewing legislation dealing with municipalities, counties, local finance, local public contracts, property taxes, local authorities, housing, land use, zoning and planning.
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Houghtaling & Downey Bill to Aid Ocean Grove Fire Victims by Lowering Property Assessments While they Rebuild Clears Assembly

Asm. Eric Houghtaling Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey to help beleaguered property owners in Ocean Grove whose homes were either damaged or destroyed by a five-alarm fire earlier this month was approved Thursday by the Assembly.

"Since Monmouth County currently operates under a different system, this bill would extend the date that an assessment based on damage can occur so that those who were devastated by last week's fire can have their property reassessed to reflect the damage, thereby lowering their taxes while they deal with the recovery," said Houghtaling (D-Monmouth). "Hopefully, this will provide a measure of relief in the aftermath of this tragedy while everyone works to rebuild..."

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Transgender Rights, No Secret Public Whistleblower Settlements, Police & Fire Manage Own Pension & Banning PANYNJ from Enforcing Trump Muslim Ban Highlight Thursday Assembly Session

Also on Tap: Help for Ocean Grove Fire Victims, Nonprofit Homeland Security Grants, County Storm Preparedness, Freight Rail Safety & Domestic Violence Prevention & Response

A transgender rights bill package, no secret public whistleblower lawsuit settlements, giving police and firefighters control of their own pension fund, requiring firearms seizure when mental health professional determines a threat, prohibiting the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from enforcing President Trump's Muslim ban top Thursday's voting session...

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Singleton & Lampitt Bill to Help First-Time Home Buyers Realize Dream of Home Ownership Clears Assembly Committee

Asm. Troy Singleton Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) and Pamela Lampitt (D-Camden/Burlington) to help first-time home buyers better prepare for the financial obligations that come with purchasing a home was released Monday by an Assembly panel.

"The biggest challenge that most first-time home buyers face is coming up with enough money for a down payment," said Singleton. "This would help residents interested in buying a home save up the funds needed over time so they can comfortably reach their goal of home ownership..."

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