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.”
Senator Allen Congratulates Burlington County Teacher of the Year, Kimberly Murray of Lenape Regional High School
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) is honored to accept the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 Public Service Award.
The organization, which recognized the Senator and other award recipients at its 2012 Pinnacle Awards Dinner in Voorhees on June 11th, bestows the Public Service Award for “making the Chamber, our members, and the regional business community priorities on [their] agenda throughout the years” on one public official each year.
Kean, Allen: “Democrat Cuts to DCF, Abused Children, Substance Abuse Programs, are the Height of Hypocrisy”
Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. and Deputy Republican Leader Diane Allen expressed outrage that spending adjustments made by Democratic leadership to assure passage of their FY 2013 budget were paid for with reductions to safety net programs for at-risk children and adults.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Democratic Majority’s budget takes millions of dollars from programs for children who have been abused or are struggling with emotional disorders, substance abuse treatment for adults, and welfare to work, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.