New Jersey's 7th Legislative District

Senator Diane Allen

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) visited the Burlington County Animal Shelter on August 28, 2014. She is sponsoring legislation to recognize each September as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month,” and is holding a photo contest to help shelter and rescue animals find a home. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) speaking after legislation she sponsored requiring high school students to receive CPR/AED training was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno at a ceremony at Burlington Twp. Middle School on August 20, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about efforts to increase the participation of women in public service and elected office. (View the Video)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) welcomed Constable Alan Simon Crowcroft (seated) during a Senate session on June 23, 2014. Crowcroft, from the island of Jersey, participated in New Jersey’s 350th birthday celebration on behalf of his island’s government. (Facebook)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) recognized New Jersey chefs Nicholas Elmi (left) and Kevin Sbraga (right), winners of the 11th and 7th seasons, respectively, of Bravo’s Top Chef during a session of the New Jersey Senate on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) speaking to the women of the Center for American Women and Politics #newlnj14 program in the New Jersey Senate chamber on June 9, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) sharing a moment with Mark Lunsford at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014 after Gov. Christie signed into law a bill to increase penalties for child predators. Allen and Lunsford worked together for years to pass the legislation, “Jessica’s Law,” named after Lunsford’s 9-year-old murdered daughter. (Press Release)

  • Mark Lunsford speaks after Gov. Christie (right) signed a bill into law to increase penalties for child predators. The legislation, “Jessica’s Law,” is named after Lunsford’s 9-year-old murdered daughter. Also pictured (from left) are bill sponsors Sen. Tom Kean, Asw. Alison McHose, Asw. Nancy Muñoz, and Sen. Diane Allen. (Press Release)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) speaks at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014, as Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz (R-21), Governor Chris Christie and Mark Lunsford watch. (Press Release)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) watches as Governor Chris Christie signs into law legislation she sponsored to change the way that adopted children and adoptive families access birth records in New Jersey at a ceremony outside the New Jersey State House on May 27, 2014. (Press Release)

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Allen Announces Legislation, Photo Contest to Save Animals in Need of a Home

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Senator Diane Allen, joined by her colleagues Senators Jennifer Beck, Joe Kyrillos, Anthony Bucco, Robert Singer, Dawn Addiego, Joe Pennacchio, Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., announced legislation and a photo contest to save animals in need of a home.

Sen. Allen visited the Burlington County Animal Shelter on August 28, 2014. She is sponsoring legislation to recognize each September as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month,” and is holding a photo contest to help shelter and rescue animals find a home.

In an effort to encourage more residents to consider adopting a sheltered or rescued animal, Senator Allen and her colleagues are sponsoring legislation to recognize the month of September each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.” To coincide with the legislation, Senator Allen (R-7) and Senators Beck (R-11), Kyrillos (R-13), Bucco (R-25), Singer (R-30), Addiego (R-8) and Pennacchio (R-26) are holding a photo competition (details below), highlighting local shelter or rescue animals.

“Shelters and rescue agencies have too many animals without homes and not enough resources to support them,” said Allen. “I hope by designating September as Adopt a Shelter Pet Month it can become a time each year filled with events promoting local shelters and a time where more and more animals find a loving, permanent home.”

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Allen Bill to Require High School Students Receive CPR/AED Training Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen requiring public and charter high schools to provide students with training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator is now law after being signed by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno on August 20, 2014.

Acting Governor Kim Guadagno signed into law a bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (left) requiring high school students to receive CPR/AED training at a ceremony at Burlington Twp. Middle School on August 20, 2014. (High Res)

“There’s undeniable value in this life-saving training and I’m proud that today as a state we have taken the step to make sure it’s taught in our high schools,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Teaching students the ability to save a life is the most important skill we can give them.”

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Allen Announces National Night Out Events

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The 7th Legislative District celebrates National Night Out!

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, began in 1984 an effort to promote participation in crime prevention activities, promote partnerships between the community and police departments, encourage camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are alert and prepared. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, typically on the first Tuesday of August. Five towns in the 7th Legislative District are observing National Night Out with fun family-friendly events: Bordentown Township. Burlington City, Burlington Township, and Cinnaminson all will host events Tuesday, August 5th and Willingboro is presenting its National Night Out “pre-event” tonight, Monday, August 4th.

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Video: Allen Talks About Efforts to Increase Participation of Women in Public Service

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Robert Traynham to talk about efforts to increase the participation of women in public service and elected office.

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Allen Announces FY15 Budget Funding for Preservation of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Diane Allen is proud to announce that funding she fought for to preserve Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is included in the FY 2015 state budget.

“The Joint Base is critical to communities, families and businesses in the 7th District and surrounding counties in the state,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This funding is integral to making sure we do everything possible to keep the base open for our residents and thousands of our bravest men and women who sacrifice so much to protect us. As a longtime member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs, I’ve worked tirelessly with council members and the administration to get this appropriation.”

Last month, Senator Allen introduced a state budget resolution requesting an appropriation to protect the joint base, which is vulnerable to being realigned or closed by the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).

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Senate Passes Allen Bill to Require High School Students Receive CPR/AED Training

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen requiring students at public and charter high schools to receive training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator.

“Knowing how to properly perform CPR and use a defibrillator are basic life-saving skills that all graduates should have when they leave our public schools,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “If there’s one lesson we should want students to carry with them the rest of their lives it is knowing how to save a life.”

Under the legislation, S235, schools would incorporate the training as part of the curriculum in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education. The legislation provides that the training could be based off of available free instructional programs.

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Allen Urges District 7 Churches to Join Statewide Celebration of NJ Anniversary on Tuesday

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is encouraging houses of worship across the 7th District to join in celebrating New Jersey’s 350th anniversary by ringing bells at noon on Tuesday.

As a culmination of three days of events celebrating the historic anniversary, houses of worship across the state will join together on Tuesday by ringing bells for a minute at noon.

“I’m pleased that many churches throughout the 7th District have already pledged to participate in this historic event on Tuesday and I encourage all houses of worship throughout the district to consider joining in as well,” said Allen, who has worked to build involvement for the event. “It’s appropriate that we join together in commemorating the history of this great state. The bells tolling on Tuesday will be a reminder of New Jersey’s unique history and how the events 350 years ago forever shaped this state and nation, and in turn, each of us.”

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Senate Passes Allen Legislation to Amend NJ STARS Eligibility; Allow Fines for Smoking in Public Places

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The Senate today voted to adopt two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington).

The Senate passed Senator Allen’s S1985 (A2364), which would amend current law to provide that eligibility for the NJ STARS Program be determined by a student’s class rank at the completion of the eleventh or twelfth grade, rather than a student’s rank at only the time of high school graduation.

“Currently, by the time many students find out they qualify for the scholarship they’ve already had to decide where they are going to college,” said Allen. “Expanding the eligibility to include a student’s class rank at the end of their junior year will give ample time for them to find out if they are qualified and make an informed decision about all of their options. Hopefully with this expanded eligibility more students who put in the work to qualify for the scholarship will be able to take advantage of it.”

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Allen: Students Need Training to Save Lives

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A letter to the editor by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging legislative action on a bill she sponsors to require high school students complete training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator before graduation was published in the Courier-Post and Burlington County Times.

The full text of the letter is below:

As part of National CPR and AED Awareness Week, many businesses and health care associations are urging employees and everyday Americans to learn or take refresher course in these important life-saving techniques. It’s in this spirit that I’m hopeful the Senate will soon take up legislation I sponsor requiring students at public and charter high schools to complete training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator before graduation.

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NJ’s ‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ Sponsors Send Letters Urging Four Remaining States to Pass the Law

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The prime sponsors of New Jersey’s recently signed “Jessica Lunsford Act” sent letters to the governors and legislative leaders of the four remaining states that have not passed similar protections urging them to take up similar legislation and are offering their support in assisting with the passage of such legislation.

New York, Illinois, Idaho and Hawaii are the only states not to have passed similar legislation.

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