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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Announces Funding for Energy Cost Assistance Program in Burlington County

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today that a $198,404 state grant has been awarded to the Burlington County Community Action Program to assist residents with their heat and utility bills.

The grant was awarded as part of the Department of Community Affairs Universal Service Fund Program and will be utilized by the Burlington County Community Action Program to assist eligible county utility customers with their household energy costs.

“These funds will provide crucial assistance to residents struggling to heat their homes or pay their electric bills,” said Allen. “Families working hard to make ends meet during these difficult economic times shouldn’t be left in the cold.

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Christie Signs O’Toole, Allen E-Privacy Protection Bill

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to protect the e-privacy of job seekers was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.

“This new law protects job candidates from having to choose between protecting their right to privacy and earning an income,” O’Toole said. “People can be assured that they will not be unjustly judged for employment based on personal information, beliefs, relationships and preferences.”

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Allen Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream.”

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was honored Wednesday to speak at the New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission’s 50th Anniversary Celebration of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech.

Senator Allen delivered her remarks representing the New Jersey Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission, of which she has been a member since 1998. Allen is a past honoree of the commission for her work trying to bring equality to all people.

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Allen Applauds 7th District Forestry Grants

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) today applauded the announcement that two 7th District municipalities have been awarded state forestry grants to assist with tree planting and replacement.

Florence Township and Riverton Borough were awarded a combined $35,000 as part of the Department of Environmental Protection State Forestry Service’s Grant Program. The funding, which will benefit 34 communities across the state, is designed to assist municipalities in implementing forestry management plans.

“These grants will help our local communities maintain a natural beauty that makes them unique, beautiful places to live,” Allen said. “As our communities continue to grow it is important to use smart planning to find ways to protect natural features like existing forests and trees.”

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O’Toole, Allen E-Privacy Protection Bill Advances to Christie

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The full Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senators Kevin O’Toole (R-Bergen) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to protect the e-privacy of job seekers.

“Fundamental liberties dictate that employers should not have the right to judge a job candidate based on photo albums, political affiliations, religious beliefs, sexual preference and private messages with family and friends,” O’Toole said. “People should not have to walk away from jobs because their privacy is being unjustly threatened, nor should they be put in a position of having to provide an employer with private, personal information. There are plenty of steps in a job application process for employers to analyze an applicant’s experience, fitness and personality.”

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Christie Signs Allen Measure to Incorporate Proper Definition of Dyslexia into Special Education Regulations

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Governor Christie today signed into law a bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen directing the State Board of Education to incorporate the International Dyslexia Association’s definition of dyslexia into special education regulations. Currently, the state lists dyslexia as one of the specific learning disabilities that may impair a person’s ability to understand or use language but it does not specifically define dyslexia.

The bill, S2439, is part of a package of three measures sponsored by Senator Allen to better identify and assist public school students with reading disabilities like dyslexia.

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Allen Applauds Funding for Historical Organizations in Burlington County

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) applauded the announcement today that the New Jersey Historical Commission has designated grant funding for two historical organizations in the 7th District.

The state Historical Commission’s FY2014 General Operating Support Grants include $29,001 for the Burlington County Historical Society and $9,581 for the Westampton-based National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

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Allen Urges Democrats to Allow Initiatives for Women

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The following editorial by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to urge Senate Democrats to support Republican legislation to protect women and promote equality was published in the Burlington County Times on Tuesday:

Lawmakers Need to Work on a Bipartisan Basis to Protect
Women

By Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) – Published July 16, 2013 – Burlington County Times

New Jersey Senate Democratic leaders, who control what legislation can be passed, are blocking measures for women’s protection, equality and support.

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Allen Praises Safe Corridor Grant for Rt. 73

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Senator Diane Allen today applauded the announcement that Mount Laurel will receive an $83,400 Safe Corridor grant for safety initiatives along the Route 73 corridor.

“This funding will go a long way in helping to deliver vital safety improvements that can save lives and protect motorists, passengers and pedestrians along one of our busiest and most important roadways without further burdening taxpayers,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This grant will make a real difference for the thousands of people who depend on Route 73 every day.”

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Senate Advances Allen Bill to Enhance Gun Trafficking Penalties

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to crackdown on illegal gun trafficking will go to Governor Christie for approval after unanimously passing the full Senate today.

“To combat the gun violence plaguing our cities and to protect our neighborhood schools from tragedy we have to focus on preventing weapons from falling into the hands of criminals,” said Allen. “Keeping guns away from criminals starts by cracking down on gun traffickers and the firearms dealers who illegally supply them.

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