Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) today voiced her strong support for Governor Christie’s pledge to preserve New Jersey’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABBRA), saying that a collaborative effort with the Administration, herself, and others has yielded a remedy to unfunded mandate concerns expressed by the New Jersey Council on Local Mandates that put the law in jeopardy of being nullified.
Governor Chris Christie holds press conference, with Senator Diane Allen, Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, Garden State Equality Chair and CEO Steven Goldstein and Garden State Equality Vice Chair Luanne Peterpaul, announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation to fix the Anti-Bullying law at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The agreement will strengthen the law and allow the protections it affords to New Jersey students to remain in place. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)
Allen, a prime sponsor of the landmark anti-bullying legislation, is sponsoring changes in light of a recent decision by the Council on Local Mandates to strike down ABBRA due to unfunded cost concerns. Governor Christie thanked the Senator and her staff for their hard work on this legislative fix. Without changes being signed into law this month, the law would most likely be nullified.
With some permanently disabled veterans not seeing an increase in assistance payments from the state in decades, Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) today praised the Military and Veteran’s Affairs Committee’s passage of a bill (S-390, formerly S-1289) that would increase the annual payments by 60 percent.
“The annual assistance amounts for blind and paralyzed veterans have not been increased since 1971 and 1981, respectively,” said Senator Allen. “In a state with one of the highest costs of living in America, $750 just does not get you very far. My legislation offers a substantial increase in the help we provide to those who have paid a steep price in service to our country.”
Allen Amendment Would Ensure a ‘Vet is a Vet’ in Civil Service Hiring of Former Military Service Members
Broadens Existing Civil Service Preference to Include All ex-Service Members Who Become Disabled on Active Duty
An amendment to the New Jersey Constitution proposed by Senator Diane Allen that would broaden the preferential consideration for government employment of former members of the military has been approved by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
SCR-48 would place a change to the state constitution’s mandate that veterans of war are given preferential treatment in civil service hiring before voters. The change would extend this preference to any ex-service member who becomes disabled while on active duty, whether in a time of war or not.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law S-2145/A-1816, requiring hospitals and doctor’s offices to provide patients more information about the state health care appeals program. The bill was sponsored by Senator Diane Allen, R-District 7, and in the Assembly by Assemblywomen Caroline Casagrande and Mary Pat Angelini, R-District 11.
At a press conference today Assemblywoman Casagrande said she is pleased the Governor signed the measure because very few people are even aware they have the right to appeal their health insurer’s decision to an independent panel of physicians. “Many have accepted unjust denials for treatment because they did not know their rights” says Casagrande.
Legislation is Aimed at Helping Taxpayers Navigate Tax Law and Compliance
A longstanding proposal by Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) to create an office within the Treasury Department to improve customer service for taxpayers and streamline compliance issues has been approved by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee.
S-1187 establishes the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate, a position appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate that would bear responsibility for improving taxpayers’ experience in dealing with Treasury’s Division of Taxation and make recommendations to improve tax law so as to ease compliance problems for businesses and individuals.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington), co-prime sponsor of New Jersey’s landmark Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABBRA), said today that she is committed to making any legislative fixes necessary to preserve the legislation in light of the laws rejection by the State Council on Local Mandates.
“The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act is absolutely the correct response to increased incidences of bullying in our schools,” said Allen. “While I disagree strongly with the Council’s rejection of the law, the Legislature needs to fix the law in accordance with the Council’s findings in order to preserve this important legal protection for children.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) permitting active duty military service members to be married or enter into a civil union by proxy has been signed into law by Governor Christie.
Marriage by proxy allows an attorney to “stand in” for a service member and complete the legal necessities of marriage or civil union, thereby conferring tax treatment, health benefits, and power of attorney to a service member’s partner while he or she is serving in armed conflict or war.
Legislation creating an affirmative defense for sexually exploited juveniles charged with prostitution and diverting them to intervention and child protective services by the state has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
S-2599, sponsored by Senator Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth), affirms that persons under the age of 18 cannot willingly consent to engaging in sexual solicitation and would require their treatment as victims in the eyes of the law. Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) is also a sponsor of the legislation.
Legislation arising from the Caylee Anthony tragedy in Florida has been signed into law by Governor Christie.
The measure, “Caylee’s Law”, was sponsored in the state Senate by Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Diane Allen (R- Burlington). The law upgrades to a crime of the fourth degree failure to report the death of a person while creating a new crime, also of the fourth degree, of failing to report the disappearance of a child within 24 hours.
Legislation creating an affirmative defense for sexually exploited juveniles charged with prostitution and requiring these victims be offered intervention and protective services by the state has been approved by the Senate.
S-2599, sponsored by Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) and Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer), affirms that persons under the age of 18 cannot willingly consent to engaging in sexual solicitation and would require their treatment as victims in the eyes of the law.