New Jersey's 7th Legislative District

Senator Diane Allen

  • Sen. Diane Allen views robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new Senate Republican legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) distributed sackpacks to students at Beverly City School in Beverly on September 17, 2014. She also visited Charles Street School in Palmyra to hand out the packs provided through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot. (Press Release)

  • 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)

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Senate Passes Allen Bill Prohibiting Restraint of Inmates During Childbirth

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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.

The Senate has passed legislation that prohibits restraints from being used on inmates during or immediately after childbirth. (Wikimedia Commons)

“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.”

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Allen, Vitale Bill Prohibiting Restraint of Inmates During Childbirth Advanced

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale prohibiting correctional facilities from placing restraints on inmates during or immediately after childbirth was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

“Sadly, there have been instances at facilities across the country where female prisoners were handcuffed or physically restrained in other ways while in labor and right after delivery,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Shackling a woman during childbirth creates serious medical risks and is an affront to basic human dignities. This legislation will make sure that type of barbaric treatment doesn’t take place in New Jersey.”

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Allen Bill Granting Free Copy of a Veteran’s Death Certificate Signed

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement after legislation she sponsored granting free death certificates to veterans was signed into law today by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno.

Family members of a deceased veteran would be provided a free copy of the veteran’s death certificate under the new law. (Philip Chapman-Bell/Flickr)

“Eliminating this hurtle for families mourning the death of a loved one who served our country will give them one less thing to worry about during a very difficult time and hopefully provide some level of comfort,” said Allen. “Too often our society fails to recognize the tremendous sacrifices that veterans and their families have made. This measure is now another small way for us as a state to show our appreciation for veterans and their families.”

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Video: Sen. Allen Discusses Programs to Help New Jersey’s Veterans

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss a pair of programs to help New Jersey’s veterans.

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Allen noted that veterans returning from service face special challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that may result in difficulties that aren’t well suited for the regular court system. She has proposed legislation allowing for the creation of special veterans courts that would be better prepared to address the unique problems facing veterans as a result of their military service.

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Allen Encouraged by President Obama’s Scheduled Visit to McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senate Republican Deputy Leader Diane Allen (Burlington) stated the following regarding President Barack Obama’s visit scheduled for Monday to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:

Senator Allen said today she is hopeful the President’s visit to the the Joint Base is a sign he is willing to join her in doing everything that is needed to preserve and strengthen the base. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“I am encouraged by President Obama’s recognition of these service members, their families, all of their sacrifices and their importance to this country. This one-of-a-kind military base is truly the lifeblood of our region, as it keeps us safe and protects our freedom by air, land and sea. I hope the President’s visit is a sign that he will join me in doing whatever is needed to preserve the Joint Base and enhance its operations as our military continues to evolve.”

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Allen Unveils New Senate Republican Jobs Bills at BCIT

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Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen toured Burlington County Institute of Technology’s Westampton campus with BCIT Superintendent Dr. Christopher M. Manno and Principal Joseph Venuto and unveiled new legislation to better develop New Jersey’s workforce.

Sen. Diane Allen is shown a display of robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Photo Gallery)

“BCIT does a fabulous job of preparing students and workers for jobs in meaningful fields and I’m pleased to have the support of Dr. Manno, Principal Venuto and the vo-tech community today as we work to build on that success by strengthening and expanding the state’s training and education programs. This package of legislation, among other things, will make sure more students are aware of the opportunities that exist at schools like BCIT, make it easier for vocational-technical schools to expand and will better align education and training programs to prepare students and workers for jobs in fields that are critical to the state’s economy. Through these initiatives we can strengthen New Jersey’s already strong workforce and help draw more companies and innovators to the state.”

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Advisory: Allen to Lead National Foundation for Women Legislators’ Conference in Philadelphia

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Senator Diane Allen, Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, will be heading up the non-partisan foundation’s 76th annual conference in Philadelphia this week.

Sen. Diane Allen (center) was installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) at a ceremony in the New Jersey Senate Chambers on March 17, 2014. (Press Release)

Hundreds of elected women, Republican, Democrat and Independent, from all across the nation will gather at the conference from November 19th to November 22nd.  The four-day conference will provide strategic resources to women leaders including a series of discussions on important policy issues in many different fields and will feature leadership preparation and media training.  As Chair of the NFWL, Senator Allen will serve as the face of the conference and perform various leadership duties. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will serve as the conference’s honorary chair.

“The foundation’s annual conference is an exciting time for hundreds of elected women of all backgrounds and political ideologies to come together to share ideas and learn together,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “I’m proud to represent New Jersey as Chair of the NFWL and look forward to joining the Lieutenant Governor and my colleagues from across the state and the nation in participating in this year’s conference.”

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Video: Allen Talks About “Right to Try Act” and Allowing Terminally Ill Patients Access to Experimental Drugs

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss the “Right to Try Act,” which would allow terminally ill patients access to certain experimental drugs and treatments while they are still undergoing clinical trials. Allen is the primary sponsor of the legislation, S-2186.

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Allen Legislation Allocating Funding for Preservation of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to allocate funding for the preservation of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst advanced from the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Under Sen. Allen’s legislation, a $200,000 appropriation for the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs to protect McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from closure would be made statute and would be considered for inclusion in each coming budget. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“The Joint Base contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy and employs tens of thousands of people in Burlington County and the surrounding area,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs “We have to make sure resources are made available to show Washington and the nation how important this base is to our families who serve, to our communities and to the state as a whole.”

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Allen Passes Out School Supplies to Students in Palmyra, Beverly City

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) provided school supplies to more than 175 preschool and kindergarten students in Palmyra and Beverly City in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot Inc.

Sen. Diane Allen distributing sackpacks to students at Beverly City School in Beverly on September 17, 2014. She also visited Charles Street School in Palmyra to hand out the packs provided through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot. (SenateNJ.com/Photo Gallery)

Sackpacks filled with pencil cases and supplies donated by Office Depot Inc. were given to students at Palmyra Charles Street School and Beverly City School. NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the office supply store chain to provide students across the country with needed supplies.

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