New Jersey's 7th Legislative District

Senator Diane Allen

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaks to the Senate Transportation Committee in support of her “Antwan’s Law” bill to make roads safer for students, in Trenton, on Jan. 9, 2017. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaks at a Jan. 7 Statehouse event recognizing a law she sponsored that took effect this month to allow New Jersey adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen was officially inducted into the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2017 on the weekend of Nov. 12 at the Institute’s conference in Arizona. (Full Story)

  • Antwan Timbers Sr. reacting to Sen. Diane Allen’s announcement that her new legislation to increase pedestrian safety in school zones would be named after his late son, Antwan Timbers Jr., during a gathering at Burlington City High School on October 24, 2016. (Full Story)

  • TODAY (Friday, 10/21) is the last day of our supply drive for the Burlington County Animal Shelter! Donations will be collected through 5 p.m. (Details on needed supplies here)

  • Our dog and cat loving friends helped to fill the little box we put out for our supply drive to support the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Let’s go bigger. Can you help us fill the room??? (Full Story)

  • Sen. Allen’s office is collecting donations of food and other items needed by the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Can you help her fill this box? (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen speaking during a visit with Sen. Tom Kean to the Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel on April 28, 2016 to discuss the importance of legislation they sponsor to boost charitable giving to New Jersey’s non-profits and provide tax relief to state residents. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen was pinned as an “Angel in Adoption” on October 6, 2015 to honor her efforts to advance the rights of adopted children across New Jersey. (Full Story)

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Senate Passes Allen/Addiego Bill to Improve Child Abuse Protections at Religious Institutions

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Dawn Addiego to correct a flawed statute that prohibits the Department of Children and Families (DCF) from informing a religious institution that substantiated allegations of child abuse have been made against an employee or volunteer.

Current law prohibits DCF from informing a religious institution that substantiated allegations of child abuse have been made against an employee or volunteer. A bill sponsored by Sens. Diane Allen and Dawn Addiego closes that loophole. (Flickr)

S-2637 stems from a New Jersey Superior Court Appellate decision regarding a man who was able to apply for a job as a youth pastor, despite having been found by DCF to have sexually abused and neglected his two children, as well as their 10-year-old cousin.

“Right now, a person who is fired from a day care center because of a failed child abuse record check can turn right back around and volunteer to teach Sunday school, and there’s nothing DCF or the courts can do about it. Their hands are tied by the law,” Senator Allen said. “The children in that church classroom are no less deserving of the law’s protection. One example is too many. We have to correct this injustice now.”

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Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Reduce Food Waste Advanced by Senate Panel

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A trio of bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) aimed at reducing waste by encouraging more donation and recycling of food were advanced by the Senate Environment Committee.

Bills sponsored Sen. Diane Allen, Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Sam Thompson would help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Unfortunately, there are still many in New Jersey that struggle to find the next meal for their families,” Senator Allen said. “We hope that by cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions we can get more food to people who need it.”

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Allen Bill to Improve Child Abuse Protections at Religious Institutions Passes Committee

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The Senate Health Committee has passed Sen. Diane Allen’s bill to close a loophole that blocks the Department of Children and Families (DCF) from informing a religious institution that substantiated allegations of child abuse have been made against an employee or volunteer.

Current law prohibits DCF from informing a religious institution that substantiated allegations of child abuse have been made against an employee or volunteer. Sen. Diane Allen’s bill closes that loophole. (Flickr)

“Because of a flawed statute, a father who DCF believes sexually abused his own children was able to apply for a job as a youth pastor,” Senator Allen  (R-Burlington) said. “That court case made one thing absolutely clear – State law is tying the hands of those who are desperately trying to keep children in religious programs safe from child abusers.”

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Allen to Lead National Committee on Policy

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced that she will serve as Policy Chair of a national committee tasked with developing legislative solutions to help women and families across the United States.

Sen. Diane Allen speaks to a Senate committee in support of her “Antwan’s Law” bill to make roads safer for students, on Jan. 9, 2017, in Trenton.  (SenateNJ.com)

“The challenges we are facing in this legislature, such as securing equal pay, are not unique to New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “As Policy Chair, I will work with other elected women leaders from across the nation to charter a course for passing the kind of meaningful legislation that the people of New Jersey, and the country, deserve.”

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Allen/Bateman Varsity Letter Bill Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Diane Allen to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Diane Allen expands the opportunity for students to earn varsity letters. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Extending varsity letters to kids who compete on stage or in a classroom doesn’t diminish the value of the letter – it enhances it,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Our schools are home to some of the best performing arts programs in the country. I think anyone who has witnessed a standing ovation at a school musical would agree that the kids who participate in these programs deserve varsity letters, too.”

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Allen Bill Combating Chronic Absenteeism Passed by Senate Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to track and address chronic absenteeism at New Jersey’s public schools was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation would better track and address chronic absenteeism at New Jersey public schools. (Flickr)

“Students that repeatedly miss school aren’t getting the education they deserve,” Senator Allen said. “They fall behind their classmates and suffer serious setbacks in their studies that can have a significant effect on their future success. We need to make attendance a top priority, and this legislation helps us do that.”

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Allen to Retire from New Jersey Senate at End of Legislative Term

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement announcing that she will not seek re-election to the New Jersey Senate:

Sen. Diane Allen at the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2017 on the weekend of Nov. 12 at the Institute’s conference in Arizona. (Governing/David Kidd)

“It has always been my intention to run for another term in the New Jersey Senate; however, over the last few weeks I have come to realize I must face some health issues that I have been trying to ignore. Consequently, with my family’s support, I have decided to make this term my last and 2017 my last year in office.

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Allen Praises Decision to Station New Tanker Planes at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement in response to recent reports that the United States Air Force will station 24 of its new KC-46A refueling tankers at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:

New KC-46A refueling tankers will be stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. (Boeing)

“This is great news not just for the Joint Base, but for all of New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “The base is going to be an outstanding home for these new jets since it already has the infrastructure and facilities needed thanks to its existing contingent of older tanker aircraft.”

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Bateman/Allen Bill Expanding Varsity Letter Criteria Passes Senate Panel

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The Senate Education Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Diane Allen to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Diane Allen expand the opportunity for students to earn varsity letters. (Wikimedia Commons)

“A varsity letter has become a universal symbol for school pride and student achievement,” Senator Bateman said. “Students who win science, debate or music competitions demonstrate just as much school spirit as those who score a game-winning goal. We need to show these kids that their victories are just as worthy of our praise and admiration.”

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Allen/Sweeney ‘Charlie’s Law’ Creates Penalties for Denying People with Service Dogs Access to Public Facilities

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Legislation sponsored by  Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senate President Steve Sweeney to establish civil penalties for denying disabled persons accompanied by a service dog access to a public facility has cleared the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. “Charlie’s Law” is named after a service dog assisting Ben Shore, 16, of Cherry Hill. Charlie was last year ordered out of a Florida airport by security guards.

Sen. Diane Allen’s Charlie’s Law is named after a service dog assisting a 16-year-old Cherry Hill resident who was denied access to a Florida airport. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Service animals like Charlie are a necessity, not a luxury,” Senator Allen said. “Every disabled person who relies on a service dog has a legal right to navigate a public space with a highly trained companion that ensures their safety and independence. Without Charlie’s Law, many people who rely on service animals will continue to face discrimination, or delays as they try to seek justice when their rights are violated. This legislation will empower local law enforcement to provide immediate assistance when a person is turned away from a public space because of their service animal.”

“Denying access to service dogs is the same as denying access to the disabled who rely on these dogs to live their lives as active members of society,” said Senator Sweeney. “They aren’t just pets or companions, they are essential to the people they serve. This bill will help to ensure the rights of the disabled are protected and the ability of the service dogs to accompany them is safeguarded.”

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