Allen Lauds Addition of Judicial Seat to Burlington County; Praises Nomination of former AG Paula Dow
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) welcomed today’s announcement by the Christie Administration that an additional Superior Court seat will be added in Burlington County to help relieve a longstanding docket backlog.
“The Burlington Vicinage of the Superior Court has for a long time had a caseload that warranted the addition of judges to the bench,” said Allen. “I am pleased that Governor Christie has taken action to help relieve this burden by moving a discretionary seat into the county. An extra judge will help ensure not only that justice is done for the people of Burlington County, but that it is done swiftly.”
In response to several recent incidents of physical and emotional intimidation of students at the hands of school staff both in New Jersey and across the country, Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) is proposing legislation that will speed the disciplinary process for teachers and other school officials found to have engaged in bullying, intimidation, or harassment of students.
“My bill extends New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act to bullying that is conducted by teachers and other school employees,” said Allen. “Thankfully, these incidents are rare. However, recent events in Cherry Hill and Camden illustrate that current law does not provide for adequately swift or severe punishment of school staff who engage in this behavior.”
Media Advisory: Allen to Unveil Legislation to Speed Dismissal of “Teacher Bullies” With Father of Victimized Student
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) will hold a press conference with Mr. Stuart Chaifetz to unveil legislation aimed at speeding the termination process for teachers caught bullying students. Mr. Chaifetz is the father of Akian Chaifetz, a student in the Cherry Hill school district who was verbally abused by school staff.
Who: Senator Diane Allen and Mr. Stuart Chaifetz
What: Press conference to unveil legislation to speed termination process for teachers caught bullying students.
Where: New Jersey State House, Room 103
When: Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at Noon
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) applauded the announcement by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection that over $350,000 will be awarded to communities in the 7th legislative district for litter abatement programs.
The grants are part of New Jersey’s “Clean Communities Program.”
“In a time of tight budgets, local officials are forced to cut back on programs aimed at addressing quality of life and aesthetic issues in their towns,” said Allen. “That hurts property values and economic development. Curbing litter is not just a matter of appearances- it is an important way for a community to improve its attractiveness to new residents and businesses.”
Legislation seeking to encourage organ and tissue donation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Under the new law (formerly S-376, Allen/Vitale), the New Jersey State Treasurer is required to disseminate information about organ and tissue donation via state employee pay stubs, as well as encourage all businesses awarded contracts with the State to similarly inform their employees. The legislation also designates the month of April as “Donate Life Month” in New Jersey.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) today lauded the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ award of $75,267 to the Burlington County Community Action Program (BCCAP) as part of the agency’s Community Services Block Grant program.
The funds are awarded to local agencies that provide assistance such as housing, health care, education, and employment services to low income New Jerseyans.
Both houses of the Legislature have approved legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen needed to preserve New Jersey’s landmark Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.
S-1789 remedies a state Council of Local Mandates ruling that threatened to negate the law by appropriating $1 million to pay for grants to districts that incur costs due to implementation and compliance with ABBRA. Districts are also offered training and other resources free of charge through the New Jersey Department of Education.
Bill Providing Financial Aid, Support to School Districts Clears Senate Committee
One day after earning Governor Christie’s support, legislation aimed at saving New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act has cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) is the sponsor of S-1789, legislation that alleviates unfunded mandate concerns regarding the law expressed by the Council on Local Mandates and extends the assistance of a seven member task force to help districts implement the new law.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) today voiced her strong support for Governor Christie’s pledge to preserve New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABBRA), saying that a collaborative effort with the Administration, herself, and others has yielded a remedy to unfunded mandate concerns expressed by the New Jersey Council on Local Mandates that put the law in jeopardy of being nullified.
Governor Chris Christie holds press conference, with Senator Diane Allen, Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, Garden State Equality Chair and CEO Steven Goldstein and Garden State Equality Vice Chair Luanne Peterpaul, announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation to fix the Anti-Bullying law at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The agreement will strengthen the law and allow the protections it affords to New Jersey students to remain in place. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)
Allen, a prime sponsor of the landmark anti-bullying legislation, is sponsoring changes in light of a recent decision by the Council on Local Mandates to strike down ABBRA due to unfunded cost concerns. Governor Christie thanked the Senator and her staff for their hard work on this legislative fix. Without changes being signed into law this month, the law would most likely be nullified.
With some permanently disabled veterans not seeing an increase in assistance payments from the state in decades, Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) today praised the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee’s passage of a bill (S-390, formerly S-1289) that would increase the annual payments by 60 percent.
“The annual assistance amounts for blind and paralyzed veterans have not been increased since 1971 and 1981, respectively,” said Senator Allen. “In a state with one of the highest costs of living in America, $750 just does not get you very far. My legislation offers a substantial increase in the help we provide to those who have paid a steep price in service to our country.”