In response to the catastrophic flooding in South Carolina, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is urging local residents to drop off desperately-needed donations at her District Office, located at 504 Route 130 North in Cinnaminson.
The historic week of rainfall in South Carolina has sent nearly 1,000 people to shelters, leaving 40,000 South Carolina residents without access to drinkable water. Supplies are needed immediately.
UPDATE: The deadline to drop off donations has been extended to 3 p.m. on Friday, October 9. The supplies will be transported to South Carolina on Friday, October 9.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was pinned as an “Angel in Adoption” at a ceremony held Tuesday in Washington D.C. to honor her efforts to advance the rights of adopted children across the State of New Jersey.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption chose to honor Senator Allen for legislation she sponsored (S-873) to bring fundamental, responsible changes to the way adoptees access birth records in New Jersey. The bill was signed into law in May of 2014 after more than a decade of advocacy by Senator Allen. Senator Allen was among nominees nationwide who were honored for creating a national impact in the field of adoption by advocating for children living in adoptive and foster homes. Senator Allen was nominated by Congressman Tom MacArthur.
“I am honored to be recognized for my work to end the injustices and discrimination faced by adoptees across New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “For 17 years, I fought to pass legislation recognizing that adoptees deserve the same access to vital information many of us take for granted.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) today 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. The sackpacks and other school supplies were donated through a program made possible by the Office Depot Foundation and in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL).
The NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the Office Depot Foundation, the independent, charitable, giving arm of the supply store chain ‘Office Depot’. Women legislators all across the country are able to provide students in their districts with supplies and fun and trendy knapsacks, helping them to start the new school year off on the right foot.
“Passing out the sackpacks today was a great opportunity to not only provide students with some supplies they will need but also to encourage them, build their confidence and help them start the school year off on a high note,” said Allen, who is chair of the NFWL. “One of the NFWL’s cornerstones has been emphasizing how important it is for students to get off to a good start in both their school year and education as a whole.”
Allen, Bateman Bill Increasing Penalties for Assaults Against Certain Law Enforcement Officers Signed Into Law
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to increase penalties for assaulting a corrections officer, sheriff’s officer and other law enforcement personnel because of their job status was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“These law enforcement officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs that there are,” said Allen (R-Burlington). Unfortunately, the risk carries over into their personal lives when they are most vulnerable. These upgraded penalties now adequately reflect the seriousness of this type of crime and will hopefully help deter these types of violent attacks.”
Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Tom Kean are introducing legislation to protect manicurists and cosmetologists from dangerous health hazards and exploitative labor practices in nail salons across the state.
The bill would amend the Cosmetology Act of 1984 by requiring the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling to enforce safety and health standards for all workers in licensed nail salons, conduct random inspections, ensure that salon workers are aware of their rights to a fair wage, and mandate that employers provide protective equipment.
“We know that working with toxic chemicals for long hours, day after day, often in poorly ventilated areas can cause long-term damage to a person’s health,” said Senator Allen. “Across our state, women and men are forced to live in fear and put their lives at risk – often for little or no compensation. It is our responsibility to ensure that all workers in New Jersey have access to safe working conditions and that their basic rights are upheld, regardless of what language they speak.”
The full Senate voted to adopt bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen establishing a program to reimburse veterans for the cost of driving or taking public transportation to medical counseling appointments for service-connected conditions.
“The challenges of military service and the difficulty in adjusting back into civilian life after returning from combat are well known and long lasting,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “It can’t be overstated how critically important it is that we make sure veterans have full access to medical counseling services. Sadly, for many unemployed or retired veterans the cost of traveling to frequent appointments can be a burden and obstacle to receiving the treatment that they need. Waiting hours or even days for some of the shuttle services that are currently provided isn’t always an option. This legislation will eliminate a significant cost and time barrier to seeking out treatment, allowing more veterans to get the help that they need.”
Governor’s Executive Order Implements Addiego/Allen Call for Expedited Gun Permit Applications for Victims of Domestic Violence
Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego and Diane Allen stated the following after Governor Chris Christie announced he had signed an Executive Order expediting firearms applications for victims of domestic violence:
“We’re glad to see Governor Christie agrees with our approach to ensuring victims of domestic violence have their firearms applications processed quickly and without delay.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) creating a council to study and identify solutions for issues surrounding pedestrian and bicycle safety in New Jersey was advanced today by the Senate Transportation Committee.
“In Burlington County, Route 130 has unfortunately held the title of being the state’s most dangerous road for pedestrians for several years in a row,” said Allen. “We have to take a close look at all the factors contributing to tragic crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists on this and other roads in communities across the state. If there are feasible infrastructure, design or traffic law changes we can make to improve safety we need to identify what those items are and implement them as soon as possible.”
After Bowne Murder, Addiego, Allen & Beck Announce Legislation to Prioritize Gun Permits for the Most Vulnerable
Senate Republicans Dawn Addiego, Diane Allen and Jennifer Beck announced they will introduce legislation to prioritize firearms permit applications for residents protected by a current restraining order. According to a Courier-Post report, a Berlin Township woman who was killed in an apparent domestic attack on Wednesday night was waiting for the approval of a firearms permit. According to the report the application was submitted in April but the review process had not yet been completed.
“The tragic murder of Carol Bowne shows that there are sensible changes we should make to public safety laws to help people protect themselves,” said Addiego (R-Burlington, Camden, Atlantic). “This legislation will make sure that those who need protection the most are given priority when it comes to the lengthy process of applying for a firearms permit.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced she is introducing legislation to make it illegal for a high school teacher to have a sexual relationship with a student regardless of age, as well as legislation to require teachers receive training on maintaining appropriate professional teacher-student relationships.
“We are blessed here in New Jersey to have schools full of highly trained and caring teachers that take very seriously their great responsibility to educate, nurture and challenge students to reach their fullest potential,” said Allen. “However, it sickens me to continue to have to read stories about illicit actions by a number of educators that shatter what should be every student’s right to a healthy, safe and trusting teacher-to-student relationship.”