Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Tom Kean are introducing legislation to protect manicurists and cosmetologists from dangerous health hazards and exploitative labor practices in nail salons across the state.
The bill would amend the Cosmetology Act of 1984 by requiring the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling to enforce safety and health standards for all workers in licensed nail salons, conduct random inspections, ensure that salon workers are aware of their rights to a fair wage, and mandate that employers provide protective equipment.
“We know that working with toxic chemicals for long hours, day after day, often in poorly ventilated areas can cause long-term damage to a person’s health,” said Senator Allen. “Across our state, women and men are forced to live in fear and put their lives at risk – often for little or no compensation. It is our responsibility to ensure that all workers in New Jersey have access to safe working conditions and that their basic rights are upheld, regardless of what language they speak.”
The full Senate voted to adopt bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen establishing a program to reimburse veterans for the cost of driving or taking public transportation to medical counseling appointments for service-connected conditions.
“The challenges of military service and the difficulty in adjusting back into civilian life after returning from combat are well known and long lasting,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “It can’t be overstated how critically important it is that we make sure veterans have full access to medical counseling services. Sadly, for many unemployed or retired veterans the cost of traveling to frequent appointments can be a burden and obstacle to receiving the treatment that they need. Waiting hours or even days for some of the shuttle services that are currently provided isn’t always an option. This legislation will eliminate a significant cost and time barrier to seeking out treatment, allowing more veterans to get the help that they need.”
Governor’s Executive Order Implements Addiego/Allen Call for Expedited Gun Permit Applications for Victims of Domestic Violence
Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Diane Allen stated the following after Governor Chris Christie announced he had signed an Executive Order expediting firearms applications for victims of domestic violence:
“We’re glad to see Governor Christie agrees with our approach to ensuring victims of domestic violence have their firearms applications processed quickly and without delay.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) creating a council to study and identify solutions for issues surrounding pedestrian and bicycle safety in New Jersey was advanced today by the Senate Transportation Committee.
“In Burlington County, Route 130 has unfortunately held the title of being the state’s most dangerous road for pedestrians for several years in a row,” said Allen. “We have to take a close look at all the factors contributing to tragic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists on this and other roads in communities across the state. If there are feasible infrastructure, design or traffic law changes we can make to improve safety we need to identify what those items are and implement them as soon as possible.”
After Bowne Murder, Addiego, Allen & Beck Announce Legislation to Prioritize Gun Permits for the Most Vulnerable
Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego, Diane Allen and Jennifer Beck announced they will introduce legislation to prioritize firearms permit applications for residents protected by a current restraining order. According to a Courier-Post report, a Berlin Township woman who was killed in an apparent domestic attack on Wednesday night was waiting for the approval of a firearms permit. According to the report the application was submitted in April but the review process had not yet been completed.
“The tragic murder of Carol Bowne shows that there are sensible changes we should make to public safety laws to help people protect themselves,” said Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic). “This legislation will make sure that those who need protection the most are given priority when it comes to the lengthy process of applying for a firearms permit.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced she is introducing legislation to make it illegal for a high school teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student regardless of age, as well as legislation to require teachers receive training on maintaining appropriate professional teacher-student relationships.
“We are blessed here in New Jersey to have schools full of highly trained and caring teachers that take very seriously their great responsibility to educate, nurture and challenge students to reach their fullest potential,” said Allen. “However, it sickens me to continue to have to read stories about illicit actions by a number of educators that shatter what should be every student’s right to a healthy, safe and trusting teacher-to-student relationship.”
Senate Passes Allen, Bateman Bill Increasing Penalties for Assaults Against Certain Law Enforcement Officers
The Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to increase penalties for assaulting a corrections officer, sheriff’s officer and other law enforcement personnel because of their job status.
“These law enforcement officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs that there are,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Unfortunately, the risk carries over into their personal lives as we were made aware of an instance where a corrections officer was assaulted by a former inmate out in public.”
The Senate Republican leadership team held a State House press conference to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package that will not cost taxpayers extra money.
“In an age when officials in Trenton like to talk a lot about jobs, Senate Republicans have been actually bringing job-creating and economic growth solutions to stakeholders, employers, entrepreneurs, educators and innovators in all corners of the state and from diverse backgrounds,” said Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean. “We’re excited that many of the cost-neutral jobs solutions we’ve unveiled over the past several months have already garnered bipartisan sponsorship and votes, as well as the support of various representatives of the business and higher education community. We’re now trying to accelerate this momentum to finish the job for New Jersey families and people in the workforce.”
The Senate Republican Leadership team will hold a State House press conference on Thursday, April 23 to culminate their statewide rollout of a 36-bill job creation and economic growth package.
When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Room 319 (Senate Republican Caucus Room) of the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ
Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen; Conference Leader Robert Singer; Deputy Conference Leader Jennifer Beck
Availability: Full, open
The Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale prohibiting correctional facilities from placing restraints on inmates during or immediately after childbirth.
“It’s outrageous that anyone would think it necessary or appropriate to handcuff or aggressively restrain a female inmate during labor or right after delivery,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Sadly, there have been instances of this type of inhuman and excessive force being used at some correctional facilities across the country. This legislation makes it clear that this barbaric and medically unsafe practice won’t be permitted in New Jersey.”