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NJ’s ‘Jessica Lunsford Act’ Sponsors Send Letters Urging Four Remaining States to Pass the Law

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The prime sponsors of New Jersey’s recently signed “Jessica Lunsford Act” sent letters to the governors and legislative leaders of the four remaining states that have not passed similar protections urging them to take up similar legislation and are offering their support in assisting with the passage of such legislation.

New York, Illinois, Idaho and Hawaii are the only states not to have passed similar legislation.

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Christie Signs Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following after it was signed into law by Governor Christie today.

Mark Lunsford speaking at the signing of the Jessica Lunsford Act at the New Jersey State House on June 2, 2014. Also pictured (from left to right): Senator Tom Kean, Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose, Assemblwoman Nancy Muñoz, Senator Diane Allen, Governor Chris Christie and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini. (SenateNJ.com/Photo Gallery)

“With Governor Christie’s signing of this legislation today we have sent a message that crimes against children will be punished as severely as possible,” said Allen (R-Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “These needed protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey.”

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Christie Signs Allen Bill into Law: Balanced, Open Approach to Adoptee Birth Records in NJ

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Governor Chris Christie today signed into law bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen that brings fundamental, responsible changes to the way adopted children and adoptive families access birth records in New Jersey.  The new law brings to an end a decades-long debate on reform by finding a sensible middle ground that eases burdensome hurdles to accessing birth records while also respecting privacy concerns and options for birth parents.

Senator Diane Allen watches as Governor Chris Christie signs into law legislation she sponsored to change the way that adopted children and adoptive families access birth records in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com/Photo Gallery)

“I’m proud that the day has come where adoptees in New Jersey will be treated like the rest of us and no longer discriminated against as second-class citizens,” said Allen, R-Burlington, who has worked to change the state’s adoption law for 17 years. “This legislation at last recognizes that adoptees deserve the same right to vital information that we all take for granted, such as information about their family medical histories and whether they have living parents, siblings, aunts or uncles. I want to thank Governor Christie for recognizing the injustices that New Jerseys’ closed records laws have imposed on adoptees here for so many years and thank all those who have been instrumental in helping us get to this point today.”

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Senate Adopts Allen Measure to Boost School STEM Programs

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen to expand access and student participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs.

Senator Allen’s S225 establishes a competitive grant program for school districts to support non-traditional and alternative STEM education programs and instruction.

“As demand for jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math sectors continues to grow in New Jersey we must do more to make sure students here are engaged in these fields and have the skills they need to attain these high-paying positions,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This legislation will enhance the ways schools are able to offer innovative programs to spark student interest and provide valuable first hand experience in these important fields.”

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Allen to be Named “Legislator of the Year” by New Jersey Conference of Mayors

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. Senator Allen received the annual award at the organization’s 51st annual Spring Conference in Atlantic City.

“I’m honored to be recognized by the Conference of Mayors and want to express my sincere appreciation for the tireless work the conference’s members perform serving communities across the state,” said Allen. “Mayors are the public officials who are truly on the front lines of government. Their job representing residents and providing needed public services may be the toughest and most important of them all and my hat is off to all who choose to take on those duties. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and for their support as we work together on behalf of the good people of New Jersey. I look forward to continued collaboration as we fight to control costs and make communities more affordable for taxpayers.”

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Allen, O’Toole Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Repeal All Realty Transfer Fees

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Senators Diane Allen, Kevin O’Toole and Jeff Van Drew introduced today bipartisan legislation to repeal all Realty Transfer Fees in New Jersey.

“I am proud to have bipartisan support for this initiative to help all of New Jersey’s property owners keep thousands of their hard earned dollars,” said Deputy Republican Leader Allen (R-Burlington). “This legislature has the opportunity, and the duty, to correct some costly wrongs done under previous administrations. By working together we can indeed give a break to the middle class — including those struggling to make ends meet, facing short sales or foreclosures — in our uniquely expensive state.”

“This repeal effort launched by Gov. Christie sends a clear message to our constituents: we know how to cut your taxes to give you greater opportunities,” said O’Toole (R-Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic). “We will work tirelessly to completely reverse the course of past administrations that piled on to your tax and fee burdens.”

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Senate Announces Compromise With Governor on Adoption Records Bill

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Conditional Veto Agreement Would Allow Many New Jersey Adoptees Access to Birth Certificates

Senator Diane Allen, Senator Joseph F. Vitale and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg announced today that they have come to an agreement with the Governor’s office regarding changes to legislation that would provide adoptees in New Jersey with their family medical history and birth records.

“I thank the Governor for recognizing the injustices that New Jerseys’ closed records laws have imposed on adoptees here for far too long,” said Allen, R-Burlington, who has worked to change the state’s law for 17 years. “By reaching this compromise, adopted adults will at long last be able to choose for themselves whether or not they want to find out basic information the rest of us take for granted, like whether they have siblings or their family’s medical history. It has taken the efforts of many people to get to this point today and I especially want to thank Senator Jimmy Cafiero for the decades he spent working on this legislation before his retirement. His efforts were instrumental in bringing about this change.”

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Allen to Introduce Bill Repealing Realty Transfer Fees

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is introducing legislation to repeal Realty Transfer Fees in New Jersey, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s vow to eliminate this tax if given the opportunity.

“When you sell your home in New Jersey, you’re getting whacked by this arbitrary tax, and that’s wrong,” Allen said. “This initiative will help struggling homeowners, including those who might be facing short sales or foreclosures. It will save property owners across this state a burden of thousands of dollars, which particularly hurts those who have lost equity in their homes due to the economic recession.”

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Senate Passes Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage today by the full Senate. The legislation will now to go the Governor’s desk for final approval.

“These protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “Keeping child predators behind bars where they belong will send a message that those types of monstrous crimes will be punished as severely as possible and help to eliminate an opportunity for a repeat offender to strike again.”

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Allen Letter to Editor: Legislature Should Look Into Newark Abuses

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The following letter to the editor by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging a legislative inquiry into the reported abuse of taxpayer dollars in Newark was published today in the Courier-Post.

The full text of the letter is below:

Republican or Democrat, hardworking residents should have the assurance their tax dollars are being put to the best use possible and that those privileged to serve in government are not abusing their power. When abuses and fraud are discovered, as state reports recently highlighted in Newark, elected leaders and constituents must speak out to urge change.

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