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.
$622,000 Awarded by State Council on the Arts for Local Initiatives
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) today praised the award of over $622,000 in grants to area arts programs by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The funds come as part of a statewide program used to fund arts and cultural organizations, projects, and educational programs in all 21 New Jersey counties.
“Burlington County has a rich historical and cultural heritage that truly inspires people and serves as the foundation for a thriving artistic community,” said Senator Allen. “I’m pleased that even in austere times such as these, the Administration and the Council on the Arts have been able to fund artistic endeavors at the local level. These projects and educational programs are critical to enriching our communities and the quality of life they provide residents.”
Would Distribute Funds to County Health Departments, Could Not Fund Abortion
Saying that debate in Trenton over women’s healthcare and family planning has become too polarized and partisan, Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) and Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) have submitted legislation to preserve these services through New Jersey’s county health departments:
“Women’s healthcare is a worthy expenditure of dollars that has been put in jeopardy by a hyper-partisanship in Trenton,” said Senator Beck. “The name calling and posturing needs to end. Let’s come together, be respectful of everyone’s concerns, and work this out for the sake of the New Jerseyans who need these services.”
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), prime sponsor of legislation (S-2959) protecting the ability of public employees to choose their medical providers regardless of state boundaries, today thanked Governor Christie for signing her measure as part of the state’s landmark pension and health benefits reform package:
New Jersey residents are proud of our state, but healthcare decisions are not a question of pride; they’re a question of life and death. If the best prognosis for one’s condition can be achieved at an out of state facility, public workers should be able to obtain care at that facility without a bureaucrat looking over his or her shoulder.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), co-prime sponsor of legislation (S-2959) protecting the ability of public employees to choose their medical providers regardless of state boundaries, today said she is pleased that legislative leaders have agreed to remove any and all language regarding out of state providers from the recently passed pension and benefits reform legislation:
“When I was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, my New Jersey doctors told me that my best hope of beating the disease was to seek treatment at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) is honored to have been named ‘Legislator of the Year’ by the New Jersey Fire and EMS Institute. The award, conferred at the Institute’s 2011 Annual Dinner on Monday, June 13, 2011, recognizes Senator Allen’s legislative commitment to New Jersey’s first responders:
“It is humbling to be given this stamp of approval by the professionals who risk life and limb for the families of New Jersey,” said the Senator. “ Just like every New Jerseyan, I’m grateful for the service these men and women provide to our communities. As a Senator, I work hard to make sure that government, at all levels, is meeting their needs and giving them the tools necessary to protect our communities. We always count on them in times of crisis and they never let us down. I want to make sure they can count on me and the State to support them.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) permitting marriage by proxy for members of the armed forces serving in a war or conflict has been unanimously approved by the Senate .
“Service men and women join the armed forces knowing that they could be asked to put their lives on hold in times of war,” Allen said. “This legislation does gives members of our armed forces and national guard some peace of mind. Their partners can receive the legal benefits of marriage or civil union in the event that the couple’s plans are put on hold by service to our country.”
State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), co-sponsor of legislation withdrawing New Jersey from the job-killing Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), issued the following statement praising the Christie Administration’s newly released Energy Master Plan. The Plan ends New Jersey’s participation in RGGI.
“RGGI drives up energy costs for consumers at a time when nobody can afford any additional taxes. Businesses are hit particularly hard, and virtually invites them to pick up and leave New Jersey. This program has put New Jersey on an unequal footing as compared to our neighbors, and I applaud Governor Christie’s newest commitment to improving our business and jobs climate in New Jersey by withdrawing from RGGI.
Legislation aimed at helping older New Jersey residents who choose to return to the workforce find employment has passed the Senate. Sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Sean Kean, S-2117 establishes the “New Jersey Senior Labor Task Force”.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden)
Seniors find it necessary to re-enter the workforce for a variety of reasons. Whatever the case, this is a unique labor demographic that has much to offer our economy, but is frequently hindered by barriers to entry. The New Jersey Senior Labor Task Force will help state government better understand these barriers, investigate the prevalence of age discrimination in the workplace, and identify the sectors of our economy in which the talents and skills of older workers are in demand.