Law Provides $411 Million for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Statewide
New Jersey will receive up to $411 million for environmental infrastructure projects statewide under legislation co-sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Nearly $16 million will fund clean water projects in Burlington County.
“This legislation funds important projects that will keep New Jersey’s drinking water clean, safe and contaminant-free without placing an added burden on taxpayers,” Senator Allen said. “Without the $15.6 million awarded to Burlington County, we may not have been able to finance upgrades to local drinking water systems, or purchase a tank system to safely remove groundwater discharged during construction projects across the county.”
Gov. Signs Allen Bill to Provide Death Benefits to All Children of State Troopers, Public Safety Workers
Governor Christie has signed Senator Diane Allen’s (R-Burlington) bill to provide all surviving children of deceased New Jersey State Troopers, police, firefighters and public safety officers with equal access to death benefits.
“A child of a trooper, police officer or paramedic who was unmarried at the time of death is no less deserving than any other child who has lost their parent,” Senator Allen said. “Our community banded together to support a state trooper’s young family after he tragically died in the line of duty. Passing this law is the least we can do to ensure all children of public safety workers statewide continue to receive the support they deserve.”
Following reports that a state judge ruled on the side of an Atlantic City property owner in a years-long case, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) called for Democrat lawmakers to post two eminent domain bills that have been re-introduced for years, but never posted for a hearing.
Senator Allen’s call for action follows a New Jersey Superior Court ruling in favor of a 69-year-old Atlantic City man in a case against the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The Authority sought to get his family’s home condemned in order to pursue redevelopment efforts, leading to a four-year legal process. In his decision, the judge wrote that the Authority’s efforts were an abuse of eminent domain power and exceeded the agency’s authority, according to the APP.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Allen (R-Burlington) to protect New Jersey’s military bases – particularly Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – by improving relations between the military and local governments was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“New Jersey’s military bases provide our residents with tens of thousands of great jobs,” Senator Allen said. “This legislation will improve coordination of land use planning between the military and local governments, helping limit civilian encroachment on military installations.”
A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that urges the United States Congress to recognize women’s rights hero, and New Jersey native, Alice Paul, passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.
“Alice Paul is a national hero and someone whom I’ve always admired,” Senator Allen said. “She fought tirelessly her entire life to secure equal rights for women. Her legacy is something we treasure here in New Jersey, and I hope Congress sees that it is something worth honoring.”
A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to raise awareness about shelter pets passed the New Jersey Senate.
The legislation, SJR-41, designates September of each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month” as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing need for pet adoption, as well as the joy of pet ownership.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) requiring the NJ Department of Education to maintain an online database detailing legal decisions concerning special education cases in New Jersey has passed the New Jersey Senate.
“Current law ties the hands of advocates who are working tirelessly to secure resources for the more than 230,000 children enrolled in special education programs statewide,” Senator Allen opined. “Providing web access to legal decisions on all special education court cases, including those that are settled, is the best way to empower parents and school officials to fight for every child’s right to learn and thrive in the least restrictive environment possible.”
The Department of Education would be required to encourage school boards to offer instruction on media literacy, with a particular emphasis on how to demystify violence in the media, under legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington). The bill, S-436, was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“Media literacy education teaches students to apply critical thinking skills to evaluate how messages in the media shape our culture and society,” Senator Allen said. “The school curriculum should evolve to meet the needs of millennials everywhere. We already teach New Jersey students 21st century skills, such as cyber safety and responsible use of social media. The additional instruction proposed under this legislation is the next logical step to ensuring all students are prepared for the future.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to extend tuition benefits to members of the reserve components of the United States Armed Forces was approved by the New Jersey Senate.
“This legislation will assist reservists in furthering their education without the burden of paying for tuition,” Senator Allen said. “Reservists deserve the same benefits we offer to other members of the armed forces.”
Senate Passes Allen Bill to Provide Benefits to All Children of Fallen State Troopers, Public Safety Workers
All surviving children of deceased New Jersey State Troopers, police, firefighters and public safety officers would receive equal access to death benefits under a bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington.) S-2061 was today advanced by the New Jersey Senate.
“Many surviving children of New Jersey State Troopers and public safety workers are receiving a fraction of the death benefits that other children receive,” Senator Allen said. “It is morally wrong to allow this unfair practice to continue. This bill ensures all children coping with this life changing loss receive equal access to these benefits, regardless of their parent’s marital status at the time of death.”