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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

Senate Announces Compromise With Governor on Adoption Records Bill

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Conditional Veto Agreement Would Allow Many New Jersey Adoptees Access to Birth Certificates

Senator Diane Allen, Senator Joseph F. Vitale and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg announced today that they have come to an agreement with the Governor’s office regarding changes to legislation that would provide adoptees in New Jersey with their family medical history and birth records.

“I thank the Governor for recognizing the injustices that New Jerseys’ closed records laws have imposed on adoptees here for far too long,” said Allen, R-Burlington, who has worked to change the state’s law for 17 years. “By reaching this compromise, adopted adults will at long last be able to choose for themselves whether or not they want to find out basic information the rest of us take for granted, like whether they have siblings or their family’s medical history. It has taken the efforts of many people to get to this point today and I especially want to thank Senator Jimmy Cafiero for the decades he spent working on this legislation before his retirement. His efforts were instrumental in bringing about this change.”

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Allen to Introduce Bill Repealing Realty Transfer Fees

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is introducing legislation to repeal Realty Transfer Fees in New Jersey, in response to Gov. Chris Christie’s vow to eliminate this tax if given the opportunity.

“When you sell your home in New Jersey, you’re getting whacked by this arbitrary tax, and that’s wrong,” Allen said. “This initiative will help struggling homeowners, including those who might be facing short sales or foreclosures. It will save property owners across this state a burden of thousands of dollars, which particularly hurts those who have lost equity in their homes due to the economic recession.”

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Senate Passes Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage today by the full Senate. The legislation will now to go the Governor’s desk for final approval.

“These protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “Keeping child predators behind bars where they belong will send a message that those types of monstrous crimes will be punished as severely as possible and help to eliminate an opportunity for a repeat offender to strike again.”

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Allen Letter to Editor: Legislature Should Look Into Newark Abuses

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The following letter to the editor by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging a legislative inquiry into the reported abuse of taxpayer dollars in Newark was published today in the Courier-Post.

The full text of the letter is below:

Republican or Democrat, hardworking residents should have the assurance their tax dollars are being put to the best use possible and that those privileged to serve in government are not abusing their power. When abuses and fraud are discovered, as state reports recently highlighted in Newark, elected leaders and constituents must speak out to urge change.

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Video: Allen Talks About Likely Passage of Jessica Lunsford Act, New Role as Chair of NFWL

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Senator Diane Allen (R-7) appeared on NJTV News with host Mike Schneider to talk about the advance of the Jessica Lunsford Act to protect children from convicted sex offenders.

Allen, who has been leading the effort in the New Jersey Legislature to pass the bill since 2005, said that the legislation finally appears likely to receive full legislative approval.

Click here to view the video.

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Senator Tom Kean

Panel Advances Allen, Kean, Oroho Sponsored “Lunsford Act” to Increase Minimum Sentences for Child Predators

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The primary sponsors of the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” Senators Diane Allen, Tom Kean Jr., and Steve Oroho, released the following about its passage by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee:

“These protections to guard against repeat sexual offenders are long overdue in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005. “Keeping child predators behind bars where they belong will send a message that those types of monstrous crimes will be punished as severely as possible and help to eliminate an opportunity for a repeat offender to strike again.”

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Senator Allen Installed as Chair of National Foundation for Women Legislators

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) today in the New Jersey State Senate Chambers.

Sen. Diane Allen (center) was installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) at a ceremony in the New Jersey Senate Chambers on March 17, 2014. Allen is pictured with, from left: Sen. Loretta Weinberg; Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno; Richland County, South Carolina Councilwoman and outgoing NFWL Chair Joyce Dickerson; and Florida Rep. Gayle Harrell. (SenateNJ.com)

South Carolina Councilwoman and outgoing NFWL Chair Joyce Dickerson administered the oath and was joined by Representative Gayle Harrell of Florida, New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney, New Jersey Senator Tom Kean, Jr., and New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. Allen was voted by women elected officials from across the nation to serve as the head of the Foundation.

Allen also serves as President of the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL), the membership arm of NFWL, which was founded in 1938.

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Media Advisory: Allen to be Installed as Chair of National Foundation for Women Legislators

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will be installed as Chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) in a ceremony at the State House on Monday.

When: 12 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014

Where: Senate Chambers, New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street, Trenton, NJ

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Allen’s Bill Allowing Adopted Adults Access to Birth Certificate Advanced by Senate

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The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to allow adults who were adopted to obtain their birth certificates.  Birth certificates for residents who were adopted have been sealed in New Jersey for more than 70 years. Since the records were sealed to protect the adoptee and the adoptive family from interference by the biological parents, it is time to remove the impediment so that adoptees can move forward and enjoy the same rights everyone else does.

“Frankly, it’s embarrassing that adoptees in New Jersey have been treated as second class citizens for so many years. Something as uncontrollable as a person’s family history and who they are born to should in no way preclude them from enjoying basic human rights,” said Allen, who has worked to change the state’s law for 17 years. “This legislation at last recognizes that adoptees should have the same right to information we all take for granted, like things as important as finding out information about their family medical history, who their birth parents are and whether they have siblings.”

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Allen Statement on Nomination of David Hespe as Education Commissioner

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Senate Education Committee member Diane Allen (R-Burlington) issued the following statement today on Governor Christie’s nomination of David Hespe as state education commissioner.

“David’s a topnotch selection whose extensive experience and passion for education are hard to match.

“I have had the privilege of working very closely with David over the years both in his past roles as commissioner and interim superintendent in Willingboro and more recently as president of Burlington County College. David’s proven to be an experienced leader who cares deeply about students and is willing to fight for their interests. We need someone who is going to speak for the children of New Jersey as commissioner and David has proven time after time he will do just that.

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