The New Jersey Senate passes legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Under the legislation (S-631) an 18-member Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Council made up of state and private transportation officials would be created and given the task of conducting a comprehensive review of issues pertaining to pedestrian and bicycle safety-related issues in New Jersey.
“We need to find the best way to improve our infrastructure, as well as our traffic laws so our roads are safer for people travelling on foot or on bikes,” Senator Allen said. “We see far too many serious injuries and fatalities – particularly along Rt. 130, in Burlington County. We need to do more to ensure people’s safety.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to extend death benefits to surviving children of all deceased New Jersey State Troopers, local law enforcement and firefighters has cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.
“Every day, thousands of New Jersey state troopers, police and firefighters willingly risk their lives to keep their communities safe from harm,” Senator Allen said. “Inevitably, some of these public servants will lose their lives, leaving innocent children behind. It is unconscionable to give benefits to some, but not to all, simply because of marital status. The cost of implementing this legislation is diminutive, but the impact it will have on the families our fallen heroes leave behind is truly boundless.”
The Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee advanced four bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that focus on supporting veterans, preparing New Jersey’s workforce for jobs in high tech industries, and protecting and promoting the state’s military installations which are an important source of jobs in the state.
“The military, along with the private industries that support it, has long been a steady source of high-paying jobs in New Jersey,” Senator Allen said. “We need to promote New Jersey as a military-friendly state with a skilled supporting workforce, welcoming local communities, and educational opportunities for those who serve.”
Kean & Allen Highlight Importance of Charitable Deduction Legislation to Non-Profits at Alice Paul Institute
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen visited the Alice Paul Institute (API) at Paulsdale in Mt. Laurel 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.
The legislation, S-1932, would allow a state income tax deduction for charitable contributions to qualified New Jersey-based charitable organizations.
“As someone who has long fought to eliminate the gender inequalities that persist in the workplace and elsewhere, I know that the Alice Paul Institute serves an important role in continuing the efforts of its namesake to advance the rights of women,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The API, like many other non-profits with similarly important missions, remains dependent on the generosity of donors to fund programs and operations. Our legislation will make it easier for our non-profits to secure the funding they need to survive, while reducing the tax bills of donors.”
Media Advisory: Kean & Allen to Visit Alice Paul Institute in Mt. Laurel TODAY (4/28) to Discuss Supporting Non-Profits, Boosting Charitable Giving
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen will visit Paulsdale, the historic Mt. Laurel home of suffragist and women’s rights activist Alice Paul, today, April 28th, to discuss the importance of legislation (S-1932) to create a charitable deduction for contributions to New Jersey-based non-profits.
Kean and Allen will be joined by Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.
Who: Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean; Sen. Diane Allen; Lucienne Beard, Executive Director of the Alice Paul Institute.
What: Press conference on legislation creating an income tax deduction for charitable giving.
When: Today, Thursday, April 28th at 11 a.m.
Allen & Bucco to Introduce Bill in Memory of State Trooper Sean Cullen, Prevent Emergency Worker Deaths
Bill would rename “Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen who was killed in the line of duty while responding to a motor vehicle crash on March 7 in West Deptford, NJ.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Anthony Bucco (R-Morris) announced plans to introduce legislation renaming “The New Jersey Move Over Law” in memory of New Jersey State Police Trooper Sean Cullen, a Cinnaminson High School graduate, who was killed on March 7 while responding to a motor vehicle crash in West Deptford.
“Trooper Cullen’s death is a stark reminder of the tremendous risk he and all emergency responders face as they work to protect their communities from harm,” Senator Allen said. “Law enforcement officers are especially vulnerable working in or around busy streets, intersections and highways, such as southbound 295, where Sean tragically lost his life. It is imperative that motorists be made aware of their presences.”
In an effort to help victims of domestic violence, Senator Diane Allen’s legislation that would add cyber-harassment to New Jersey’s domestic violence statutes was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“We need to provide greater protections to victims and make sure they aren’t subjected to even more abuse,” Allen said. “Cyber-harassment is a new form of domestic violence, subjecting victims to immense emotional pain and fear. This bill would extend New Jersey’s already strong domestic violence laws to ensure people aren’t victimized online or via social media, where they can be more easily and frequently targeted.”
Senator Diane Allen’s (R-Burlington) legislation to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.
Under the legislation, S-631, an 18-member Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Advisory Council comprised of state and private transportation officials would be created and tasked with conducting a comprehensive review of pedestrian and bicycle safety-related issues in the Garden State.
“We need to understand why pedestrians in New Jersey are involved in higher rates of fatal accidents than elsewhere in the country, including along Rt. 130 in Burlington County which is perhaps the most dangerous stretch of road in the state,” said Allen. “The advisory council would review and recommend feasible infrastructure, design and traffic law changes that could be implemented to make our roads safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.”
Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen stated the following about Senate Democrats trying to change the identity and record of New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Jaynee LaVecchia:
“Senate Democrat politicians, no matter how much they yell or push, cannot change the identity of Supreme Court Justice LaVecchia — a strong independent woman with an exemplary record of public service.
“Democrat politicians do not know better than Justice LaVecchia who she is and in what she personally believes, which her record proves has had no negative bearing on her performance interpreting and upholding New Jersey’s laws and constitution.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement reiterating her commitment to continue working to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from President Obama’s latest closure attempt and to enhance its economic and operational vitality.
“I have whiplash considering that just a year after visiting McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, looking the many dedicated service members in the eye and thanking them for putting their lives on the line, President Obama has resurrected a proposal that could close this joint base and put our state and military families at risk,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs. “We simply can’t allow this to happen. This President can’t be allowed to continue weakening our military and hurting our economy.”