Receives Overwhelming Bipartisan Support
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington/Camden) that extends the service life of certain school buses from 12 to 15 years was recently signed into law.
“The 12-year use limit on most school buses is outdated, as advances in the design and construction of school buses now allow for their safe and effective use over a longer period of time, ” Allen stated. “School districts can still update their buses sooner, if need be, but this law gives them the option to continue using a bus for three additional years if it is safe and meets all of the rigorous safety inspections.”
Senator Allen Receives Cooper Hospital’s First Ever “Ripa Center Award” for Advocacy on Women’s Health Issues
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) is honored to be the recipient of Cooper University Hospital’s first ever “Ripa Center Award”. Named for the hospital’s Ripa Center for Women’s Health and Wellness, Senator Allen was presented the award by best-selling author and journalist Dr. Gail Sheehy at Cooper’s BreakThrough! health and wellness conference for women over 40.
“Women’s health is a very personal issue for me,” said Senator Allen. “I know that access to quality, affordable care can mean the difference between life and death for women all across New Jersey- particularly for the uninsured. As a member of the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, I’ve worked hard to make sure that healthcare services are available to the women who need them no matter their circumstances in life. It is an honor to receive this award because women’s health is an issue I feel so strongly about.”
New School Year Marks First Day of New Law
Senator Diane Allen, co-prime sponsor of New Jersey’s landmark “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act”, said that the new school year commencing this week offers new hope that all school children will attend a safer, more tolerant learning environment:
“The implementation of New Jersey’s historic anti-bullying law begins today, and that means help and hope for every child who has been or would be the victim of bullying,” said Senator Allen. “Every year in New Jersey schools, thousands of children are humiliated, physically assaulted, and emotionally devastated by bullies. Some end up refusing to go to school because they can’t handle another day of pain, many carry the scars into adulthood, and a few are pushed to take their own lives. We owe it to the victims and their parents to make this law work.”
Thanks National Foundation of Women Legislators for Donation of Food, Water
Senator Diane Allen today issued the following statement encouraging all residents of Camden and Burlington counties to take warnings regarding Hurricane Irene seriously and prepare for flooding, power outages, and other consequences of heavy wind and rain:
“I am worried about the flooding on the Delaware River and on streams and creeks that feed into it,” said Senator Allen. “We may be inland, but we are not isolated from the impact of this storm. We have excellent Emergency Preparations throughout Burlington and Camden counties, including plans to shelter those who will need it. The Governor and state and local officials are doing the right thing in preparing early and taking every reasonable precaution. Everyone needs to listen to the directives of these professionals and prepare themselves and their families and loved ones. And remember, text, don’t talk, in order to keep phone lines clear for emergency responders.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-7), the sponsor of S-972, which prohibits victims of sexual assault from being billed for forensic evidence collection (“rape kits”), issued the following statement in response to the legislation’s enactment:
“In no other crime are victims charged with the collection of evidence. We finally are going to protect rape victims in New Jersey from being forced to relive one of the most horrific moments of their lives. I applaud the Governor for signing this legislation.”
Senator Diane Allen Applauds Governor Christie’s Recognition of Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers
Senator Diane Allen, a member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement today regarding Governor Christie’s recognition of the Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers:
“We have just kicked off National Health Center Week and couldn’t be more pleased that the Governor came down here to celebrate our extraordinary FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) here in Burlington City. The fact is we really should be celebrating these centers every day of every week because of the positive impact they have on the lives of our lower income residents, particularly women.
$622,000 Awarded by State Council on the Arts for Local Initiatives
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) today praised the award of over $622,000 in grants to area arts programs by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The funds come as part of a statewide program used to fund arts and cultural organizations, projects, and educational programs in all 21 New Jersey counties.
“Burlington County has a rich historical and cultural heritage that truly inspires people and serves as the foundation for a thriving artistic community,” said Senator Allen. “I’m pleased that even in austere times such as these, the Administration and the Council on the Arts have been able to fund artistic endeavors at the local level. These projects and educational programs are critical to enriching our communities and the quality of life they provide residents.”
Would Distribute Funds to County Health Departments, Could Not Fund Abortion
Saying that debate in Trenton over women’s healthcare and family planning has become too polarized and partisan, Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) and Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer) have submitted legislation to preserve these services through New Jersey’s county health departments:
“Women’s healthcare is a worthy expenditure of dollars that has been put in jeopardy by a hyper-partisanship in Trenton,” said Senator Beck. “The name calling and posturing needs to end. Let’s come together, be respectful of everyone’s concerns, and work this out for the sake of the New Jerseyans who need these services.”
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), prime sponsor of legislation (S-2959) protecting the ability of public employees to choose their medical providers regardless of state boundaries, today thanked Governor Christie for signing her measure as part of the state’s landmark pension and health benefits reform package:
New Jersey residents are proud of our state, but healthcare decisions are not a question of pride; they’re a question of life and death. If the best prognosis for one’s condition can be achieved at an out of state facility, public workers should be able to obtain care at that facility without a bureaucrat looking over his or her shoulder.
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), co-prime sponsor of legislation (S-2959) protecting the ability of public employees to choose their medical providers regardless of state boundaries, today said she is pleased that legislative leaders have agreed to remove any and all language regarding out of state providers from the recently passed pension and benefits reform legislation:
“When I was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, my New Jersey doctors told me that my best hope of beating the disease was to seek treatment at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia.