New Jersey's 7th Legislative District

Senator Diane Allen

  • 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)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) presented a Senate proclamation to Charles Lord, recipient of the Coriell Institute’s Ambassador Award, at the institute’s 2014 What’s in Your Genes? gala on April 24, 2014 at the Union League of Philadelphia. (Facebook)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) was honored by The Humane Society of the United States for her work to prevent animal cruelty during a ceremony in Trenton on March 27, 2014. (Facebook)

Senator Diane Allen

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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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

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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Senator Steve Oroho
Senator Tom Kean

Christie Signs Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

Mark Lunsford speaking at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014. Also pictured (from left to right): Senator Tom Kean, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Assemblwoman Nancy Muñoz, Senator Diane Allen, Governor Chris Christie and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. (Photo Gallery)

“With Governor Christie’s signing of this legislation today we have sent a message that crimes against children will be punished as severely as possible,” said Allen (R-Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “These needed protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey.”

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Christie Signs Allen Bill into Law: Balanced, Open Approach to Adoptee Birth Records in NJ

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Governor Chris Christie today signed into law bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen that brings fundamental, responsible changes to the way adopted children and adoptive families access birth records in New Jersey.  The new law brings to an end a decades-long debate on reform by finding a sensible middle ground that eases burdensome hurdles to accessing birth records while also respecting privacy concerns and options for birth parents.

Senator Diane Allen 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. (Photo Gallery)

“I’m proud that the day has come where adoptees in New Jersey will be treated like the rest of us and no longer discriminated against as second-class citizens,” said Allen, R-Burlington, who has worked to change the state’s adoption law for 17 years. “This legislation at last recognizes that adoptees deserve the same right to vital information that we all take for granted, such as information about their family medical histories and whether they have living parents, siblings, aunts or uncles. I want to thank Governor Christie for recognizing the injustices that New Jerseys’ closed records laws have imposed on adoptees here for so many years and thank all those who have been instrumental in helping us get to this point today.”

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Senate Adopts Allen Measure to Boost School STEM Programs

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen to expand access and student participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs.

Senator Allen’s S225 establishes a competitive grant program for school districts to support non-traditional and alternative STEM education programs and instruction.

“As demand for jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math sectors continues to grow in New Jersey we must do more to make sure students here are engaged in these fields and have the skills they need to attain these high-paying positions,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This legislation will enhance the ways schools are able to offer innovative programs to spark student interest and provide valuable first hand experience in these important fields.”

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