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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Amendment Would Ensure a ‘Vet is a Vet’ in Civil Service Hiring of Former Military Service Members

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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.

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Senator Diane Allen

Legislators Say New Law Will Enforce Patients’ Rights

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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.

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Allen Proposal to Create ‘Office of the Taxpayer Advocate’ Clears Committee

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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.

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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Allen Committed to Preserving Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights

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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.”

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Allen Legislation Allowing Marriage By Proxy for Service Members Signed into Law

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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.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Governor Signs Beck/Allen Legislation Diverting Sexually Exploited Juveniles to Treatment

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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.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean and Allen Sponsored “Caylee’s Law” Signed by Governor Christie

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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.

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Senate Approves Allen/Beck Legislation Requiring Support Services for Sexually Exploited Juveniles

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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.

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean/Allen Sponsored “Caylee’s Law” Approved by Senate, Assembly

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Diane Allen (R- Burlington) upgrading penalties for failing to report the disappearance or death of a child passed both houses of the legislature today and heads to Governor Christie’s desk.

If signed, “Caylee’s Law” the bill upgrades the charge for failing to report the death of a person to the proper authorities. It would now be a fourth degree crime. A new crime of failing to report the disappearance of a child within 24 hours is also created under the legislation, carrying fourth degree penalties as well.

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Senator Bob Singer
Senator Diane Allen

Singer/Allen Bill Increasing Penalties for Illegally Passing School Bus Approved by Committee

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Legislation that would increase the penalty for illegally passing a school bus has been approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The measure, S-400, is sponsored by Senator Robert Singer (R-30) and Senator Diane Allen (R-7).

“We know from school bus drivers that people routinely ignore the flashing red lights that are meant to protect children when they are crossing to and from their buses,” said Singer. “It’s clear that the current monetary penalties, as low as $100, are simply not enough to discourage drivers from breaking the law and putting children at risk. This legislation is an important step that will help stop preventable tragedies from occurring.”

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