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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Legislation Preserving Civil Service Priority for Guard Members Called to Active Duty Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen that prevents civil service applicants called to active national guard duty from losing their place on hiring lists has been signed into law by Governor Christie.

S-1879 (Norcross/Allen) allows Guard members who leave for active federal military duty to regain a similar spot on up to two open competitive civil service hiring lists upon their return from service.

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Senate Committee Passes O’Toole, Allen Legislation to Protect the E-Privacy of Job Seekers

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The Senate Labor Committee has moved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Kevin O’Toole (R-40) and Diane Allen (R-7) to protect the e-privacy of job seekers.

“Social networking users have the right and freedom to use their accounts to share private messages with family and friends, express their religions and sexual preferences, and post images and videos with family and friends,” O’Toole said. “By no means should an employer be able to forcibly access such a broad scope of personal information against an applicant’s will. There are plenty of other steps in a job application process for employers to gain a profound understanding of an applicant’s experience, fitness and personality.”

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Allen Praises Budget Committee Plans to Take Up “Jessica Lunsford Act”

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Senator Diane Allen, prime sponsor of “The Jessica Lunsford Act” which severely increases penalties for violent sex crimes against a child, praised Senate leadership for plans to hear the bill in committee tomorrow, September 20, 2012.

“I am pleased that the Senate President was willing to work with me to get this important child protection measure moving through the legislature, and that Chairman Sarlo has agreed to post it in the Budget Committee,” said Allen (R- Burlington). “The high rate of recidivism among sex offenders demands that they be removed from society for a very long time before even having the opportunity to be paroled.”

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Senator Allen Congratulates Burlington County Teacher of the Year, Kimberly Murray of Lenape Regional High School

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) today congratulated Lenape Regional High School chemistry teacher Kimberly Murray on her selection as Burlington County’s Teacher of the Year:

“Good teachers are among New Jersey’s most valuable assets,” said Allen. “Kimberly Murray is a shining example of what is right and good about public education in New Jersey, and what we talk about as we strive to have a great teacher in every classroom. This is an educator who goes above and beyond to help her students learn, and has received state, national, and even international recognition for her efforts and her students’ achievements. Congratulations, and my thanks, go out to Kimberly for being an excellent teacher to our children.”

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Media Advisory: Allen to Help Unveil Riverview Estates’ ‘Green Roof’ Project in Riverton

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Senator Diane Allen will be on hand to help Riverview Estates, a long-term care facility in Riverton, Burlington County, celebrate the completion of its latest energy conservation project: the installation of photovoltaic energy panels and a solar reflective roof.

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Allen Lauds Historic Changes to Teacher Tenure

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington), co-sponsor of landmark tenure reform legislation signed today by Governor Christie, issued the following statement:

New Jersey’s new tenure law is the result of hard work and compromise by all stakeholders, and is supported by teachers, lawmakers, education advocates, and the Administration. Because everyone was given a seat at the table, a once controversial piece of legislation gained broad support and is being enacted today.

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Allen and Weinberg Mourn the Passing of Sally Ride

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Senator Diane Allen, R-Burlington, issued the following statement on the passing of Sally Ride:

“With Sally Ride’s passing, America has lost a role model and pioneering woman. She was an example for little girls and young women not only because of her historic space flight, but because she used her life to inspire others to reach for the stars. She was taken too early from this Earth by cancer, but will forever remain a legend to every woman aiming who, just like Sally Ride, aspires to put another crack in the glass ceiling.”

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Allen Urges Constitutional Amendment to Correct Supreme Court Ruling

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) issued the following statement on today’s Supreme Court ruling striking down portions of New Jersey’s landmark pension and healthcare benefits overhaul for public workers as it pertains to the Judiciary:

“Requiring the contributions that judges make to their pensions and healthcare plans to keep up with the costs of providing these very rich benefits does not threaten judicial independence. Doing so is common sense economics that private sector workers and every other New Jersey public employee face every single day.

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Allen and Bateman Welcome Enactment of Expanded Drug Treatment Options for Non-violent Offenders

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Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington) and Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset), cosponsors of landmark legislation expanding New Jersey’s special probation (“drug court”) system, today applauded Governor Christie’s signature of the measure.

The bi-partisan legislation makes more non-violent offenders eligible to receive treatment as an alternative to incarceration, and creates a pilot program in two court jurisdictions requiring mandatory treatment of such offenders.

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Allen Bill Protecting Bus Passengers With Disabilities Signed Into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen requiring school buses transporting disabled adults to use flashing lights and penalizing motorists who fail to stop was signed into law today by Acting Governor Kim Guadagno.

“School districts are allowed to use their buses to transport seniors and other adults with disabilities,” explained Allen, R-Burlington. “This law ensures that the same safety requirements that apply to the transportation of children would be in place for all other passengers, especially those crossing highways to board or after disembarking.”

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