A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen urging Congress to enact reforms addressing sexual harassment and assault in the United States Armed Forces was adopted today by the full Senate.
“We are right to take great pride in the valiant service of this nation’s military but also should not turn a blind eye to an increase in sexual assault and harassment within the institution, as well as its failure to handle those reported cases equitably and fairly,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The men and women in uniform serving this country deserve the same standards of justice that we all demand for ourselves.”
Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen to help breast cancer survivors complete their recovery was passed by the full Senate today.
The measure, S374, grants a state sales tax exemption for services prescribed by a doctor in conjunction with reconstructive breast surgery. The procedures, currently subject to the 7 percent tax rate, are utilized to restore the appearance of the breast.
“This procedure is an important step in the physical and emotional healing process for women who have had reconstructive surgery because of cancer or a genetic risk of the disease,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This bill removes a significant hurdle in a patient’s journey to restore her normal life by eliminating a financial burden that may hold some back from a full recovery.”
Senators Diane Allen and Tom Kean Jr. issued the following statement about the Governor’s announcement that New Jersey will receive a $44.3 million Race To The Top (RTTT) Early Learning Challenge Grant to provide early learning and development programs for thousands of high needs children throughout the state.
“New Jersey has always been committed to providing quality early learning opportunities for all students,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “This grant will increase early childhood educational services for children throughout the state and give parents the information they need to help their children succeed. This funding will also go a long way to help improve communication among program provides and streamline the curriculum in early childhood education.”
Senator Diane Allen and Republican Leader Senator Tom Kean Jr. wrote a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in October to endorse New Jersey’s RTTT grant application. The letter was included in the state’s application.
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was honored Tuesday evening by The Arc of New Jersey as the organization’s Legislator of the Year in the Senate for 2013.
“It is a true honor to be recognized by an organization like The Arc of New Jersey, which has done so much in its own right to advocate for those with disabilities,” said Allen. “I look forward to continuing to work with The Arc of New Jersey to help those who are disadvantaged receive the assistance they need to succeed. To assure that all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential it is imperative we provide those with disabilities and their loving families the supports they need.”
Senator Diane Allen announced today that $46.7 million in state funding has been approved to support $103 million in school construction projects across Burlington County. The funding approved by the Christie Administration will go to support 67 projects in 20 school districts throughout the county, including multiple projects in the 7th District.
“This significant investment from the state will make it much easier for local districts to provide a topnotch education to all students,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “A child’s environment greatly impacts their ability to learn. Assuring our classrooms and schools are safe, modern facilities equipped with necessary resources will go a long ways in helping students achieve their fullest potential.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) is pleased to announce that Burlington City has been awarded $600,000 to help rehabilitate low income homes and to make Memorial Hall, home of American Legion Post 79, better accessible to those with disabilities. The funding is being awarded through the state Department of Community Affairs Division of Housing and Community Resources Small Cities Community Development Block Grant program.
Of the funds, $200,000 will be used to rehabilitate up to 10 single family, low income owner-occupied homes in Burlington City. The remainder will be used to correct ADA-deficiencies at Memorial Hall, located at 540 High Street, and to install or reconstruct ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps.
State Sen. Diane Allen was lauded by her female colleagues in the Senate and Assembly Republican caucuses today after she was named the new President of the National Order of Women Legislators (NOWL) last night in Washington, DC. The National Foundation for Women Legislators is holding its annual Capital Forum in the nation’s capital and celebrating its 75th anniversary.
Allen was joined at the conference by Assembly Republicans Alison Littell McHose, Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, and DiAnne Gove. Allen, who has served in New Jersey’s Legislature since 1996, succeeds outgoing NOWL President Councilwoman Joyce Dickerson from South Carolina.
“During 17 years in the state Legislature, Diane Allen has been a trailblazer who played a crucial role in changing the political landscape at the Statehouse, where 35 elected women hold almost 30 percent of the seats in both houses,” said McHose, R-Sussex, Warren and Morris. “I congratulate Senator Allen for her well-deserved selection to serve as President of this proud and growing organization, and commend the NOWL for making the right choice.”
The National Order of Women Legislators issued the following press release today about Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) being president of the organization:
The National Order of Women Legislators proudly announces New Jersey State Senator Diane Allen will be installed as the new president at the Women of the Future Installation dinner tonight. The bipartisan organization has been a resource for women in government for 75 years.
“We are so happy to have Senator Allen taking over as President of the NOWL,” said immediate past President Joyce Dickerson. “I know she will hit the ground running and take this great organization to the next level.”
The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to require emergency shelters for the homeless to admit persons with a mental illness so long as the person poses no risk to others.
“Having a mental illness should in no way preclude someone from being given shelter in a time of need,” Allen said. “Those who are homeless and suffering from mental illness face enough challenges already without enduring unfair discrimination and being left in the cold.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today that People First!, a housing services agency serving the county, has been awarded $221,828 from the state Department of Community Affairs Shelter Support program.
People First!, a subsidiary of The Affordable Homes Group, is a social service agency which specializes in providing case management and social services to people unable to live independently, whether homeless or in need of supportive housing to keep from becoming homeless. People First! partners with its sister company, The Salt & Light Company, Inc., to provide housing to its vast array of clients.
“In times where many government resources are stretched thin, social service organizations like People First! play an integral role in meeting many needs in our communities,” Allen said. “There’s little as important as having a warm, safe place to call home and this funding will go a long way in allowing People First! to help those in the county who are in need of housing. With the temperatures growing colder, it’s more important now than ever that the dedicated agencies serving those in need of housing have resources available to meet the need.”