New Jersey's 7th Legislative District

Senator Diane Allen

  • 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)

  • Sen. Allen provided an assortment of sackpacks and pencil cases containing school necessities to kindergartners, first graders and second graders at the Elias Boudinot School in Burlington City on September 17, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Diane Allen visited volunteers from the American Heart Association at their “NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative Day” on June 18, 2015. She was presented with the 2015 “American Heartsaver Award” for her work on legislation dealing with CPR in schools. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Diane Allen helped Servicios Latinos de Burlington County to celebrate 15 years of service to the community at Burlington County College’s Mt. Holly Center on May 8, 2015. (Photo Gallery)

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Bill Protecting Domestic Violence Victims from Cyber-Harassment Signed Into Law

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Senator Diane Allen’s legislation (S-1257) to add protections from cyber-harassment for victims of domestic violence was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Diane Allen’s new law adds cyber-harassment to the state’s domestic violence statutes. (©iStock)

“Cyber-harassment is now one of the most common ways that domestic abusers inflict pain and exert control over a partner,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The damage and intimidation that can be accomplished through online channels, including websites, social media, and messaging platforms, is tremendous. It’s imperative that victims have the legal tools they need to fight back.”

The new law allows victims of cyber-harassment to obtain temporary and permanent restraining orders under the “Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 1991.” There are currently 18 offenses covered under the act, including assault, stalking and robbery.

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Allen Bill Creating Pre-Trial Program for Veterans Coping With Mental Illness Passes Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to provide greater support for veterans struggling with addiction or mental illness was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill will help veterans coping with mental illness. (©iStock)

“When they return from service, so many veterans struggle with health conditions like PTSD, addiction and serious depression,” Senator Allen said. “If these combat-related afflictions lead to some kind of criminal behavior, the person should have a chance to get the treatment they need rather than just sit in jail.”

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Allen Makes Top 25 Elected Women Leaders Nationwide

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has been officially inducted into the Governing Institute’s Women in Government Leadership Class of 2017. Senator Allen is among just 25 elected women leaders selected from a national pool of candidates. Class members are honored for demonstrating continued leadership, personal integrity and outstanding performance as an elected official.

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. (Governing/David Kidd)

“I have been honored to serve in the legislature for nearly two decades and in that time, I have seen the tremendous impact women leaders can have on improving the lives of the people they serve,” Senator Allen said. “Women make up the majority of this nation, but barely a quarter of state legislatures. It is in the best interest of our country to empower a greater number of women to pursue elected office, and there is no shortage of qualified female candidates to lead in our communities. Now is the time to come together as mentors and create opportunities to accomplish that goal.”

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Two Allen Bills to Aid Returning Veterans Pass Senate Panel

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to improve benefits and job prospects for returning veterans were advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bills aimed at helping returning veterans were advanced by a senate committee. (©iStock)

“We should be doing everything we can to show that we are grateful for our veterans,” Senator Allen said. “Service members encounter real struggles when they return home, so we must find ways to make that transition a little easier.”

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Advanced: Allen Bill to Legalize Telemedicine in New Jersey

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Healthcare providers would now be able to practice telemedicine in New Jersey under legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and advanced by the Senate Budget Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation would allow New Jersey doctors to practice telemedicine. (Flickr)

“Telemedicine is a safe, convenient and cost-efficient way to provide millions of new patients with access to quality healthcare,” Senator Allen said. “People with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, can use telemedicine to proactively manage their condition at home, preventing hospitalizations and costly emergency room visits. This is critical for those who are homebound or live in rural regions of our state where doctor shortages are common.”

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Allen Unveils “Antwan’s Law” & Supporting Petition to Protect Pedestrians in School Zones Statewide

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Bill package and petition honors Burlington City student killed in Route 130 school zone by reducing speed limits, increasing penalties for speeding

Senator Diane Allen met with Burlington City students to unveil “Antwan’s Law,” legislation to better protect pedestrians in schools zones by giving municipalities and law enforcement new tools to combat speeding around schools statewide. The Senator has also launched the “25 Saves Lives” petition calling for the swift passage of her legislation.

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. (SenateNJ.com)

“Today I witnessed firsthand how passionate Burlington City High School students are about saving lives on Route 130 and in school zones across the state,” Senator Allen added. “It is a tragic reality that Antwan’s death could have been prevented if we had the proper protections in place to keep pedestrians safe. I urge everyone to join our fight and sign my 25 Saves Live petition today.

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MONDAY ADVISORY: Allen to Meet with Burlington Students to Discuss Combating Speeding in School Zones

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On Monday, October 24, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will visit Burlington City High School to meet with school officials and the Burlington City High School students who started “25 Save Lives” campaign to discuss her legislation to combat speeding in school zones. Official action will be taken on site at Burlington City High School, following a special announcement regarding the legislation.

Sen. Diane Allen will visit Burlington City High School at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 24 to meet with students and discuss her legislation to combat speeding in school zones. (SenateNJ.com)

When: 1 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Where: Burlington City High School, Route 130 North: 100 Blue Devil, Burlington, NJ 08016
Who: Senator Diane Allen, “25 Saves Lives” Student Advocates, Superintendent Patricia T. Doloughty Ed.D, and Principal James Flynn
Availability: Open. Senator Allen will be available for press inquiries following the event.
Event Contact: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; Burlington City High School, (609) 387-5800

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Allen Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Cyber-Harassment Heads to Governor

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Protections for domestic violence victims, including restraining orders, would be extended to victims of cyber-harassment under legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill would add cyber-harassment to the state’s domestic violence statutes. (©iStock)

“Cyber-harassment is an easy and inexpensive way for a domestic violence perpetrator to continue to inflict pain and exert control over a partner,” Senator Allen said. “Cyber-stalkers can now use social media and other websites to locate their victims, send threatening messages or commit identity theft. We have to ensure that the domestic violence protections we currently have in place, including restraining orders, also extend to those who are being victimized online.”

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Passed: Allen Resolution Advocating for New Tanker Planes at Joint Base MDL

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The resolution calls for the United States Air Force and Congress to station new KC-46A tanker plans at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

A resolution (SR-64) sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging the United States Air Force and Congress to bring a new mission to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – New Jersey’s second largest employer – was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen urges the Air Force to station new tanker planes at Joint Base MDL. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“So many New Jersey residents work at the Joint Base,” Senator Allen said. “It’s important that we do whatever we can to bring in new missions and ensure it remains a viable military base for years to come.”

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Allen to Introduce Bill to Prevent Dumping of Dredge Spoils on Burlington Island

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce legislation to give Burlington City the power to decide whether or not dredge spoils can be dumped on Burlington Island, which has been long-controlled by the people of Burlington.

Sen. Diane Allen will introduce legislation to give Burlington City the power to decide whether dredge spoils are dumped on Burlington Island. (Bing Maps)

“This is one of the jewels of the Delaware River, and we want to preserve it,” Senator Allen said. “We’re working with a number of groups, including the Board of Island Managers, to ensure that city residents continue to have the final call on what happens at Burlington Island.”

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