The resolution calls for the United States Air Force and Congress to station new KC-46A tanker planes at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
A resolution 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 advanced by the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.
“This base has helped protect America for almost 100 years,” 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.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce legislation to codify proposals announced by Governor Chris Christie to increase penalties for crimes involving fentanyl derivatives and to expand New Jersey’s Recovery Coaches Program.
“This legislation will codify the emergency order announced by Governor Christie to impose stricter punishments for people convicted of making, selling or possessing these lethal fentanyl derivatives,” Senator Allen said. “We’re also going to expand our mission to reach out to individuals suffering from addiction and help them get treatment.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to include cyber-harassment in New Jersey’s domestic violence statutes was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
“When social media and other online sites are used to harass someone, it can be a real nightmare for the victims,” Senator Allen said. “Their tormentors can use these tools as a way to attack and humiliate them, often in very public ways. We need to extend our domestic violence laws to include cyber-harassment so people are protected from this kind of abuse.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) authorizing the use of telemedicine in New Jersey has been advanced by the Senate Health Committee.
“Telemedicine is especially vital for patients who suffer from chronic illness, seniors who are homebound, and families who live in rural areas where they would have to travel very far to receive medical care,” Senator Allen said. “No one should have to choose between paying for groceries and traveling to see a doctor. By legalizing telemedicine, we can bring the cost of healthcare down and expand access to a variety of health services for millions of new patients.”
Collecting Donations of Food & Needed Items at Her District Office
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has announced a “Pet Food Drive” at her district office in Cinnaminson to collect donations of food and other items needed by the Burlington County Animal Shelter.
“As an animal lover and supporter of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, I know how difficult it can be to feed and care for the many animals that are in the facility waiting for their forever homes,” said Allen. “I’m glad to offer my office as a collection point for the many dog and cat lovers in the area who want to donate to support the shelter.”
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, has been passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“Alice Paul was a key figure in the women’s rights movement in the early 20th Century, particularly in the fight for women’s suffrage,” Senator Allen said. “She has been an inspiration for women throughout the years and remains an outstanding role model for many people to this day.”
Bipartisan 10-Bill Package Would Implement NJ Supreme Court Panel on Domestic Violence Recommendations
Senator Diane Allen and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg have introduced a 10-bill package that would implement numerous recommendations of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner convened the committee in February of 2015 to review existing domestic violence laws, procedures and policies, and to make recommendations for changes to the system to better protect victims of domestic violence.
Weinberg and Allen served on the panel, which recommended changes in an array of areas including education, training, resources for victims and adjudication and treatment of offenders. The legislative package would satisfy a third of those recommendations. Also serving on the panel were Assemblyman Troy Singleton and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, as well as judges, advocates, representatives of academia, legal practitioners representing both victims and those charged with acts of domestic violence, and representatives of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The court is in the process of reviewing the panel’s report.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to ensure that curriculum for substance abuse instruction includes the most recent evidence-based standards and practices has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Substance abuse and addiction are problems that affect every part of our society,” Senator Allen said. “Our young people cannot understand the pervasiveness and seriousness of the issue if they are being taught with outdated material. This will ensure they will be getting useful information during their health classes in school.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) stated that the signing of a law she co-sponsored to establish a permanent syringe access program is the right thing to do for residents across the state struggling with addiction.
“As a longtime advocate for those struggling with addiction, I was proud to work with Senator Vitale and the Governor to ensure the passage of this law,” Senator Diane Allen said. “Establishing a permanent needle-exchange program does far more than prevent the spread of fatal diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis. For many addicts, visiting a syringe access center may be their only opportunity to access lifesaving medical testing, counseling and a variety of other health services that forge a pathway to recovery.”
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.”