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Senator Diane Allen

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  • Sen. Diane Allen views robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new Senate Republican legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) distributed sackpacks to students at Beverly City School in Beverly on September 17, 2014. She also visited Charles Street School in Palmyra to hand out the packs provided through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) visited the Burlington County Animal Shelter on August 28, 2014. She is sponsoring legislation to recognize each September as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month,” and is holding a photo contest to help shelter and rescue animals find a home. (Press Release)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) speaking after legislation she sponsored requiring high school students to receive CPR/AED training was signed into law by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno at a ceremony at Burlington Twp. Middle School on August 20, 2014. (Press Release)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about efforts to increase the participation of women in public service and elected office. (View the Video)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) welcomed Constable Alan Simon Crowcroft (seated) during a Senate session on June 23, 2014. Crowcroft, from the island of Jersey, participated in New Jersey’s 350th birthday celebration on behalf of his island’s government. (Facebook)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) recognized New Jersey chefs Nicholas Elmi (left) and Kevin Sbraga (right), winners of the 11th and 7th seasons, respectively, of Bravo’s Top Chef during a session of the New Jersey Senate on Thursday, June 12, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Diane Allen (R-7) speaking to the women of the Center for American Women and Politics #newlnj14 program in the New Jersey Senate chamber on June 9, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Diane Allen (R-7) sharing a moment with Mark Lunsford at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014 after Gov. Christie signed into law a bill to increase penalties for child predators. Allen and Lunsford worked together for years to pass the legislation, “Jessica’s Law,” named after Lunsford’s 9-year-old murdered daughter. (Press Release)

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Video: Sen. Allen Discusses Programs to Help New Jersey’s Veterans

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss a pair of programs to help New Jersey’s veterans.

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Allen noted that veterans returning from service face special challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), that may result in difficulties that aren’t well suited for the regular court system. She has proposed legislation allowing for the creation of special veterans courts that would be better prepared to address the unique problems facing veterans as a result of their military service.

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Allen Encouraged by President Obama’s Scheduled Visit to McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Senate Republican Deputy Leader Diane Allen (Burlington) stated the following regarding President Barack Obama’s visit scheduled for Monday to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst:

Senator Allen said today she is hopeful the President’s visit to the the Joint Base is a sign he is willing to join her in doing everything that is needed to preserve and strengthen the base. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“I am encouraged by President Obama’s recognition of these service members, their families, all of their sacrifices and their importance to this country. This one-of-a-kind military base is truly the lifeblood of our region, as it keeps us safe and protects our freedom by air, land and sea. I hope the President’s visit is a sign that he will join me in doing whatever is needed to preserve the Joint Base and enhance its operations as our military continues to evolve.”

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Allen Unveils New Senate Republican Jobs Bills at BCIT

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Deputy Senate Republican Leader Diane Allen toured Burlington County Institute of Technology’s Westampton campus with BCIT Superintendent Dr. Christopher M. Manno and Principal Joseph Venuto and unveiled new legislation to better develop New Jersey’s workforce.

Sen. Diane Allen is shown a display of robotics technology during a tour of BCIT on December 10, 2014. Allen visited the vocational and technical school to unveil new legislation to improve education and strengthen the state’s workforce. (Photo Gallery)

“BCIT does a fabulous job of preparing students and workers for jobs in meaningful fields and I’m pleased to have the support of Dr. Manno, Principal Venuto and the vo-tech community today as we work to build on that success by strengthening and expanding the state’s training and education programs. This package of legislation, among other things, will make sure more students are aware of the opportunities that exist at schools like BCIT, make it easier for vocational-technical schools to expand and will better align education and training programs to prepare students and workers for jobs in fields that are critical to the state’s economy. Through these initiatives we can strengthen New Jersey’s already strong workforce and help draw more companies and innovators to the state.”

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Advisory: Allen to Lead National Foundation for Women Legislators’ Conference in Philadelphia

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Senator Diane Allen, Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, will be heading up the non-partisan foundation’s 76th annual conference in Philadelphia this week.

Sen. Diane Allen (center) was installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) at a ceremony in the New Jersey Senate Chambers on March 17, 2014. (Press Release)

Hundreds of elected women, Republican, Democrat and Independent, from all across the nation will gather at the conference from November 19th to November 22nd.  The four-day conference will provide strategic resources to women leaders including a series of discussions on important policy issues in many different fields and will feature leadership preparation and media training.  As Chair of the NFWL, Senator Allen will serve as the face of the conference and perform various leadership duties. Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno will serve as the conference’s honorary chair.

“The foundation’s annual conference is an exciting time for hundreds of elected women of all backgrounds and political ideologies to come together to share ideas and learn together,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “I’m proud to represent New Jersey as Chair of the NFWL and look forward to joining the Lieutenant Governor and my colleagues from across the state and the nation in participating in this year’s conference.”

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Video: Allen Talks About “Right to Try Act” and Allowing Terminally Ill Patients Access to Experimental Drugs

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to discuss the “Right to Try Act,” which would allow terminally ill patients access to certain experimental drugs and treatments while they are still undergoing clinical trials. Allen is the primary sponsor of the legislation, S-2186.

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Allen Legislation Allocating Funding for Preservation of McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to allocate funding for the preservation of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst advanced from the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Under Sen. Allen’s legislation, a $200,000 appropriation for the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs to protect McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst from closure would be made statute and would be considered for inclusion in each coming budget. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“The Joint Base contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy and employs tens of thousands of people in Burlington County and the surrounding area,” said Allen, a member of the Council on Armed Forces and Veterans’ Affairs “We have to make sure resources are made available to show Washington and the nation how important this base is to our families who serve, to our communities and to the state as a whole.”

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Allen Passes Out School Supplies to Students in Palmyra, Beverly City

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) provided school supplies to more than 175 preschool and kindergarten students in Palmyra and Beverly City in partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot Inc.

Sen. Diane Allen distributing sackpacks to students at Beverly City School in Beverly on September 17, 2014. She also visited Charles Street School in Palmyra to hand out the packs provided through a partnership with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Office Depot. (Photo Gallery)

Sackpacks filled with pencil cases and supplies donated by Office Depot Inc. were given to students at Palmyra Charles Street School and Beverly City School. NFWL has a longstanding partnership with the office supply store chain to provide students across the country with needed supplies.

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Allen Legislation Facilitating Donations to Local Libraries Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to facilitate charitable contributions for county and municipal libraries has been signed into law by Governor Christie.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation giving taxpayers the option to make contributions to public libraries on their tax returns was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

Senator Allen’s bipartisan legislation, S1803, gives taxpayers the option on their tax return to contribute a portion of their tax refund to support county and municipal libraries. The option to donate to the “Local Library Support Fund” will be added to 2015 state income tax returns.

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Beck, Allen, Addiego: Goodell Must Be Fired; Urge NFL Owners in NJ to Lead

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New Jersey Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth), Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Dawn Addiego (R-Burlington) issued the following statement urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign or be fired by league ownership:

“Roger Goodell downplayed domestic violence and assault for nothing but selfish reasons, ignoring his responsibility to be a role model and a leader of men in a sport that is played or watched by people of all ages in virtually every American community, school and household.

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Allen Announces Legislation, Photo Gallery to Save Animals in Need of a Home

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Senator Diane Allen, joined by her colleagues Senators Jennifer Beck, Joe Kyrillos, Anthony Bucco, Robert Singer, Dawn Addiego, Joe Pennacchio, Steven Oroho and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr., announced legislation and a photo gallery to save animals in need of a home.

Sen. Allen visited the Burlington County Animal Shelter on August 28, 2014. She is sponsoring legislation to recognize each September as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month,” and is sponsoring a photo gallery to help shelter and rescue animals find a home.

In an effort to encourage more residents to consider adopting a sheltered or rescued animal, Senator Allen and her colleagues are sponsoring legislation to recognize the month of September each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month.” To coincide with the legislation, Senator Allen (R-7) and Senators Beck (R-11), Kyrillos (R-13), Bucco (R-25), Singer (R-30), Addiego (R-8) and Pennacchio (R-26) are sponsoring a photo gallery (details below), highlighting local shelter or rescue animals.

“Shelters and rescue agencies have too many animals without homes and not enough resources to support them,” said Allen. “I hope by designating September as Adopt a Shelter Pet Month it can become a time each year filled with events promoting local shelters and a time where more and more animals find a loving, permanent home.”

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