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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

Senate Committee Advances Allen Measure to Boost School STEM Programs

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The Senate Education Committee today advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen to expand access and student participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs.

Senator Allen’s S225 establishes a competitive grant program for school districts to support non-traditional and alternative STEM education programs and instruction.

“We have to do more to make sure New Jersey students have the skills they need to pursue and attain jobs in these high-paying and expanding fields,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Studies show more and more of these jobs are coming into demand right here in New Jersey each year. Setting students here on the path toward these careers will help make New Jersey a place of innovation and further boost the pharmaceutical, life sciences, and defense industries vital to our state’s economy.”

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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 today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee:

Senator Diane Allen (R-7) with Mark Lunsford at a New Jersey State House press conference on March 21, 2011. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve waited far too long to put these child protection measures into law here in New Jersey,” said Allen (R- Burlington), who started this initiative in 2005 and testified today for its passage. “There is little as heinous as the sexual assault of a child and it’s time we send a message that those types of monstrous actions are going to be punished severely. Those vile enough to commit this type of a crime once should never be afforded an opportunity to put a second child and family through a similar tragedy.”

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Allen Urges Bipartisanship, Transparency & Equal Voice for All in GWB Committee

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urged Senate Democrats to establish the “New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation” with bipartisanship, transparency, fairness and an equal voice for all members.

“We need to be sure this committee maintains a bipartisan, transparent approach as we all want to get to the bottom of the facts surrounding this issue,” said Allen. “Unfortunately, I’m not sure the earlier formed Assembly committee held these same standards as not all committee members were given equal access to the committee’s attorney and subpoena decisions.

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Allen Measure to Protect Confidentiality of Emergency Services Peer Counselors Signed

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Governor Christie has signed into law legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen protecting the confidentiality of conversations between emergency services personnel and peer counselors.

“Putting these protections into law marks an important step in helping to address the tragic reality that too many police, firefighters and emergency responders suffer through the stress and traumas of their job in silence for fear their effort to seek help won’t be confidential and could hurt their careers,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “With this assurance of confidentiality, hopefully more and more men and women in uniform will take advantage of extremely worthwhile assistance programs offered by their departments.”

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Allen Bill to Help Breast Cancer Survivors With Recovery Signed Into Law

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen to help breast cancer survivors complete their recovery has been signed into law.

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.

“Eliminating the sales tax burden for these important procedures removes a significant hurtle in a patient’s journey to restore her normal life,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Utilizing these procedures to restore the breast to its pre-surgery appearance is an important step in the physical and emotional healing process for many women who have had reconstructive surgery because of cancer or a genetic risk of the disease.”

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Allen Measure to Protect Confidentiality of Emergency Services Peer Counselors Advanced

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen protecting the confidentiality of conversations between emergency services personnel and peer counselors will go to the governor for final approval after being passed by the Senate today. The bill, S-2840, also provides that peer counselors are privileged against examination as a witness in civil or criminal proceedings.

“Many police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians suffer high levels of stress, anxiety and depression from the risk their job places on their safety as well as their continual exposure to trauma,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “Sadly, too many shy away from utilizing valuable support services offered by their department because of a fear that what they share won’t be kept private or could hurt their career. Requiring confidentially will give more and more personnel the confidence to seek the help they need.”

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Allen’s “Moose’s Law” to Prohibit Animal Abusers From Working With Pets Advances

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A measure sponsored by Senator Diane Allen prohibiting those convicted of animal cruelty charges from working with animals was advanced today by the Senate Economic Growth Committee. Under the bill, S2220, an offender would also be prohibited from owning a pet for at least two years.

“Those cowardly enough to abuse an animal shouldn’t ever be able to hold a job where they’re in a position to endanger another family’s pet,” Allen said (R-Burlington). “Caring for a pet is a privilege and an abuse of that great responsibility has to be taken extremely seriously.”

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Allen Announces Historical Commission Grant for Alice Paul Institute

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) announced today that the New Jersey Historical Commission has awarded nearly $5,000 in grant funding to the Alice Paul Institute in Mount Laurel.

The nonprofit Alice Paul Institute was founded in 1984 by volunteers to commemorate the centennial of Alice Paul’s 1885 birth and to further her legacy as a champion for women’s suffrage and equal rights. Today the organization runs educational and leadership programs for youth as well as historical tours of the Paul’s historic Paulsdale estate in Mount Laurel.

“Alice Paul is a local and national hero, having changed the course of American history with her fight to give women the right to vote,” said Allen, who in November was named President of the National Order of Women Legislators. “The institute’s work in educating students about Alice’s fight for equality is an important part in preserving her legacy and keeping her values alive. This funding will help to allow more students to learn Alice’s story and hopefully inspire a future generation of leaders to become agents of positive change.”

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Senate Adopts Allen Resolution Urging Congress to Address Sexual Assault in the Military

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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.”

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Allen Bill to Help Breast Cancer Survivors With Recovery Passed by Senate

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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.”

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