Pension Reforms Must Apply Equally to All Public Employees
Senator Diane Allen issued the following statement regarding Governor Christie’s call that the recently enacted, bipartisan pension reforms apply equally to all public employees. Senator Allen will sponsor a proposed constitutional amendment to clarify Article VI, Section VI, paragraph 6 concerning the salaries of judges in New Jersey:
“I support Governor Christie’s argument that the pension reforms apply equally to all public employees, including the Judiciary. To that end I will sponsor a constitutional amendment to clarify the definition of salary as it impacts the Judiciary.
In recognition of her efforts to lower the cost of government and increase accountability when taxpayer dollars are spent, the New Jersey Taxpayers Alliance has named Senator Diane Allen (R-7) a “Taxpayer Champion.” The recognition comes following a review of the Senator’s voting record on legislation that was deemed to have a great impact on New Jersey taxpayers.
“After a decade in which New Jersey Democrats raised taxes more than 115 times, New Jersey is one of the most heavily taxed states in the nation, ” said Allen. “As a result, many middle-class families and small businesses can no longer afford to stay here and are being forced to move to less expensive states. While we have accomplished much in the last two years to turn the state around and stop the exodus, I won’t be satisfied until we lower taxes and make New Jersey the destination of choice for entrepreneurs and job creators.”
Raises Awareness of Need for Donations
Senator Diane Allen today hosted an event for Burlington County food pantries in order to help restock their shelves and raise awareness of unprecedented shortages of provisions and supplies.
Senator Diane Allen (R-7) helps to distribute crates of food donated to local food pantries.
“Food is such a basic need. Recent record setting demands for assistance coupled with substantial cuts in federal funding have left our food pantries barren,” said Allen. “It is my hope today to bring to light the real face of hunger in our own communities. Additionally we will be donating over 10,000 pounds of food to the agencies in attendance today.”
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) has been elected by her peers in the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL) to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL). The Order, a sister organization to NFWL, is made up of a membership of all current female state legislators.
“Throughout my fifteen years of public service I have worked to encourage women to participate in the political process and seek elective office at all levels of government in New Jersey,” said Senator Allen. “I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to serve on the Board of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. By electing more women to government at all levels, we can better ensure that the unique needs of 51% of the population are served by the lawmaking bodies of all fifty states and the U.S. Congress.”
Receives Overwhelming Bipartisan Support
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington/Camden) that extends the service life of certain school buses from 12 to 15 years was recently signed into law.
“The 12-year use limit on most school buses is outdated, as advances in the design and construction of school buses now allow for their safe and effective use over a longer period of time, ” Allen stated. “School districts can still update their buses sooner, if need be, but this law gives them the option to continue using a bus for three additional years if it is safe and meets all of the rigorous safety inspections.”
Senator Allen Receives Cooper Hospital’s First Ever “Ripa Center Award” for Advocacy on Women’s Health Issues
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) is honored to be the recipient of Cooper University Hospital’s first ever “Ripa Center Award”. Named for the hospital’s Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, Senator Allen was presented the award by best-selling author and journalist Dr. Gail Sheehy at Cooper’s BreakThrough! health and wellness conference for women over 40.
“Women’s health is a very personal issue for me,” said Senator Allen. “I know that access to quality, affordable care can mean the difference between life and death for women all across New Jersey- particularly for the uninsured. As a member of the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, I’ve worked hard to make sure that healthcare services are available to the women who need them no matter their circumstances in life. It is an honor to receive this award because women’s health is an issue I feel so strongly about.”
New School Year Marks First Day of New Law
Senator Diane Allen, co-prime sponsor of New Jersey’s landmark “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act”, said that the new school year commencing this week offers new hope that all school children will attend a safer, more tolerant learning environment:
“The implementation of New Jersey’s historic anti-bullying law begins today, and that means help and hope for every child who has been or would be the victim of bullying,” said Senator Allen. “Every year in New Jersey schools, thousands of children are humiliated, physically assaulted, and emotionally devastated by bullies. Some end up refusing to go to school because they can’t handle another day of pain, many carry the scars into adulthood, and a few are pushed to take their own lives. We owe it to the victims and their parents to make this law work.”
Thanks National Foundation of Women Legislators for Donation of Food, Water
Senator Diane Allen today issued the following statement encouraging all residents of Camden and Burlington counties to take warnings regarding Hurricane Irene seriously and prepare for flooding, power outages, and other consequences of heavy wind and rain:
“I am worried about the flooding on the Delaware River and on streams and creeks that feed into it,” said Senator Allen. “We may be inland, but we are not isolated from the impact of this storm. We have excellent Emergency Preparations throughout Burlington and Camden counties, including plans to shelter those who will need it. The Governor and state and local officials are doing the right thing in preparing early and taking every reasonable precaution. Everyone needs to listen to the directives of these professionals and prepare themselves and their families and loved ones. And remember, text, don’t talk, in order to keep phone lines clear for emergency responders.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-7), the sponsor of S-972, which prohibits victims of sexual assault from being billed for forensic evidence collection (“rape kits”), issued the following statement in response to the legislation’s enactment:
“In no other crime are victims charged with the collection of evidence. We finally are going to protect rape victims in New Jersey from being forced to relive one of the most horrific moments of their lives. I applaud the Governor for signing this legislation.”
Senator Diane Allen Applauds Governor Christie’s Recognition of Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Senator Diane Allen, a member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement today regarding Governor Christie’s recognition of the Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers:
“We have just kicked off National Health Center Week and couldn’t be more pleased that the Governor came down here to celebrate our extraordinary FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) here in Burlington City. The fact is we really should be celebrating these centers every day of every week because of the positive impact they have on the lives of our lower income residents, particularly women.