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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Named President of National Order of Women Legislators

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The National Order of Women Legislators issued the following press release today about Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) being president of the organization:

The National Order of Women Legislators proudly announces New Jersey State Senator Diane Allen will be installed as the new president at the Women of the Future Installation dinner tonight. The bipartisan organization has been a resource for women in government for 75 years.

Senator Diane Allen (R-7) participated on a panel with Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, Washington Bureau Chief, PEOPLE Magazine and Elaine Lafferty, Former Editor-in-Chief, Ms. Magazine at the NFWL Capital Forum and 75th Anniversary Celebration. Allen was named the new president of the National Order of Women Legislators.

“We are so happy to have Senator Allen taking over as President of the NOWL,” said immediate past President Joyce Dickerson. “I know she will hit the ground running and take this great organization to the next level.”

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Allen Bill Opening Shelters to Those With Mental Illness Passed by Senate

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to require emergency shelters for the homeless to admit persons with a mental illness so long as the person poses no risk to others.

“Having a mental illness should in no way preclude someone from being given shelter in a time of need,” Allen said. “Those who are homeless and suffering from mental illness face enough challenges already without enduring unfair discrimination and being left in the cold.”

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Allen Announces $221K in Funds Awarded to Housing Agency Serving District 7

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today that People First!, a housing services agency serving the county, has been awarded $221,828 from the state Department of Community Affairs Shelter Support program.

People First!, a subsidiary of The Affordable Homes Group, is a social service agency which specializes in providing case management and social services to people unable to live independently, whether homeless or in need of supportive housing to keep from becoming homeless. People First! partners with its sister company, The Salt & Light Company, Inc., to provide housing to its vast array of clients.

“In times where many government resources are stretched thin, social service organizations like People First! play an integral role in meeting many needs in our communities,” Allen said. “There’s little as important as having a warm, safe place to call home and this funding will go a long way in allowing People First! to help those in the county who are in need of housing. With the temperatures growing colder, it’s more important now than ever that the dedicated agencies serving those in need of housing have resources available to meet the need.”

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Allen Measure to Protect Confidentiality of Emergency Services Peer Counselors Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen protecting the confidentiality of conversations between emergency services personnel and peer counselors was advanced today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. The bill, S-2840, also provides that peer counselors are privileged against examination as a witness in civil or criminal proceedings.

“Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians respond daily to dangerous calls and horrific tragedies that can cause them to suffer high levels of stress, anxiety and depression,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “These brave men and women deserve every opportunity to seek the help they need in dealing with the ill effects of their service. Assuring that conversations with a peer counselor are confidential and protected will go a long way in helping some feel comfortable in taking advantage of help that’s available to them.”

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Allen Named Legislator of the Year by The Family Resource Network

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is being honored tonight by the Family Resource Network as their Legislator of the Year for 2013.

“I’m honored to receive this award from an organization that does so much to serve and support the families of those who have special needs,” said Allen. “Those with the Family Resource Network deserve much credit for their tireless service to some of New Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.

Senator Diane Allen (R-7) was presented with the Legislator of the Year Award by The Family Resource Network at the organization’s 2013 Annual Awards Dinner on October 23, 2013. (The Family Resource Network/Facebook)

“It’s critical that those with special needs and the loving families who support them be provided the resources and services needed to assure they are able to lead whole and satisfying lives,” Allen added. “It’s been my privilege to work with the Family Resource Network to make that support a reality for more people.”

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Allen Announces 7th District Funding to Protect Against Future Disasters

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today that two 7th District municipalities have been awarded $337,400 in federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to protect against future storms and disasters through increased energy resilience. The program is part of the Christie Administration’s efforts to rebuild stronger after Superstorm Sandy.

“Unfortunately, Superstorm Sandy likely won’t be the last disaster to strike this state and that means our communities have to be prepared for whatever could come next,” said Allen. “This funding will go a long way toward supporting a variety of technologies that will enable our communities to be more resilient.”

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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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