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)

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Lauds Governor’s Support for Addicted Moms & Infants, Vows to Continue Fighting for Increased Funding

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) today thanked Governor Christie for taking action to provide $5 million in funding for treatment for new mothers struggling with substance abuse and infants who are born addicted to drugs. Before the Governor unveiled his $200 million spending proposal this week, Senator Allen had requested an identical appropriation be included in the FY 2018 State budget.

Sen. Diane Allen vowed to fight for funding to support mothers and infants coping with addiction, and thanked Gov. Christie for including funding for them in his new spending proposal to combat the opioid epidemic. The funding in his plan mirrors an appropriation she fought for in the FY18 State budget. (Wikimedia Commons)

Specifically, Allen’s proposed FY 2018 line item would have appropriated $5 million for a competitive grant program administered by DHS to health providers treating infants born addicted to drugs. It was ultimately not included in the final budget.

“I fought tirelessly throughout the State budget process to convince the governor and Legislative leadership to make a solid investment in caring for infants and mothers who are coping with the disease of addiction,” Senator Allen said. “I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to see this funding included in the Governor’s new program to fight the opioid epidemic.”

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Allen, Bateman Bills to Reduce Food Waste Now Law

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) aimed at reducing waste are now law after they were signed by Governor Chris Christie.

New laws sponsored Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Kip Bateman help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions is a crucial part of getting more food to people who need it,” Senator Allen said. “Every day, so much food is just tossed out. That can’t be acceptable in a state where so many still struggle with food insecurity.”

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Allen/Sweeney Bill Honoring Fallen Trooper Sean Cullen Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen and Senate President Steve Sweeney, honoring a former New Jersey State Trooper killed in the line of duty by naming a section of state highway in his name, was signed into law on August 7, 2017 by Governor Christie.

Sens. Diane Allen Steve Sweeney’s bill, now law, designates a portion of Route 295 as “State Trooper Sean E. Cullen Memorial Highway.” Trooper Cullen, a native of Cinnaminson – a town within Sen. Allen’s district, was tragically killed in the line of duty last year. (Facebook/NJSP)

The law, S-3244, designates a portion of Interstate Highway Route 295 in West Deptford Township as the “State Trooper Sean E. Cullen Memorial Highway” in honor of State Trooper Sean Cullen, who was tragically killed in the line of duty while responding to a traffic accident on Interstate Highway Route 295 in West Deptford Township.

“Trooper Cullen was a devoted son, brother, and soon-to-be husband and father to an infant son,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “Our community banded together to support his young family after he tragically died in the line of duty. He was our hometown hero and a remarkable role model for new law enforcement officers in this state. Renaming part of Route 295 in his memory is the least we can do to honor his dedicated service to the people of New Jersey.”

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Gov. Signs ‘Peggy’s Law’ to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living Facilities From Abuse

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Governor Christie has signed Peggy’s Law, legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Jim Holzapfel and Diane Allen to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities from abuse.

Sens. Jim Holzapfel and Diane Allen’s “Peggy’s Law” will protect seniors living in assisted living facilities from abuse. The law is named for a 93-year-old woman from Brick, New Jersey. (SenateNJ)

“When families put their loved ones in the care of a nursing home or other assisted living facility, they expect that they’ll be treated properly and with respect,” Senator Holzapfel (R-Ocean) said. “If an employee of one of these homes even has the slightest suspicion that something might be awry, it should be their duty to report it.”

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Now Law: Allen Legislation to Improve Access to Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to help monitor the availability of beds in New Jersey’s mental health and addiction treatment facilities is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

The Governor signed Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation to help improve access to addiction and mental health treatment. (Wikimedia Commons)

“Access to treatment facilities is vital to our mission of combating the opioid epidemic, as well as treating mental health in New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “This measure will ensure our residents and healthcare professionals have up-to-date access to information on how many beds are available at treatment centers across the state.”

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Gov. Signs Allen’s ‘Charlie’s Law’ to Protect Service Dog Access to Public Spaces

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Governor Christie has signed “Charlie’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that creates civil penalties for preventing a person with a service animal from accessing a public facility.

Sen. Diane Allen’s “Charlie’s Law” creates civil penalties for preventing a person with a service animal from accessing a public facility. (Flickr)

“Charlie’s Law” (S-2662) is named after a service dog who was denied access to an airport while assisting his owner, Ben Shore, a Cherry Hill teen who is on the autism spectrum and suffers from panic attacks.

Charlie was ordered out of the airport by an employee who did not believe that he was a service dog. That is completely unacceptable, not to mention illegal. Just because a disability is ‘invisible’ doesn’t mean it isn’t real,” Senator Allen said. “Charlie’s Law will empower law enforcement to respond immediately, so that people who are discriminated against in this way get the swift justice they deserve.”

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Gov. Signs Allen Bill to Bring Telemedicine to New Jersey

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to authorize healthcare providers who are licensed in the state to practice telemedicine in New Jersey.

Gov. Christie signed a law sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen authorizing the use of telemedicine in New Jersey. It takes effect immediately. (Flickr)

“Telemedicine is revolutionizing the way people access healthcare in other states around the country. It’s time for families here to have the same access to this technology,” Senator Allen said. “Many people live too far away or can’t afford to take time off of work to go see a doctor. That can be life-threatening for someone with a chronic condition. In this time of great uncertainty, bringing telemedicine to New Jersey is a sure-fire way to provide affordable, quality care for our residents.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Passed: Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Secure $91 Million for Open Space Funding

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Three bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) to appropriate more than $91 million to go to various open space, recreation and conservation projects were all passed by the New Jersey Senate.

All three bills use money from dedicated corporation business tax revenues to provide grants or other funding to develop or acquire land for use as open space.

A trio of bills to appropriate $91 million in funding for open space projects were passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

“This money will go a long way in helping to develop land for recreation purposes in densely populated areas and counties,” Senator Bateman, sponsor of S-3352 said. “Because of this bill, more than $71 million in grants will go towards worthy projects throughout the state that will ensure our residents can enjoy the beautiful outdoors.”

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Senate Moves to Bring Telemedicine to New Jersey

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to legalize telemedicine in New Jersey has passed the State Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill would authorize healthcare providers who are licensed by the state to engage in telemedicine. New Jersey is one of the last states in the USA without regulations addressing telemedicine. (Flickr)

“Bringing telemedicine to New jersey will do a world of good for our residents, particularly for those who are homebound, or have a chronic condition that requires regular maintenance,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “We have not been immune to the nationwide doctor shortage. Expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare is the right thing to do, especially in these uncertain times. This bill could bring the cost down for millions of new patients.”

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Allen’s ‘Charlie’s Law’ to Protect Service Dog Access to Public Spaces Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed “Charlie’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that creates civil penalties for preventing a person with a service animal from accessing a public facility.

Sen. Diane Allen’s “Charlie’s Law” creates civil penalties for blocking service animals from accessing public facilities. The law is named for a service dog who was ordered out of an airport while accompanying Cherry Hill teen, Ben Shore. (Flickr)

“Charlie’s Law” (S-2662) is named after a service dog who was denied access to an airport while assisting his owner, Ben Shore, a Cherry Hill teen who is on the autism spectrum and suffers from panic attacks.

“Service animals ensure people with disabilities can navigate public spaces safely and independently. They are not just faithful companions,” Senator Allen said. “The current reporting process is cumbersome for victims and investigations are taking too long. Anyone who experiences what Ben Shore had to endure at that airport should be entitled to the most expedient response possible under the law.”

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