Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to allow adults who were adopted to obtain their birth certificates was advanced by the full Senate on Thursday. Birth certificates for residents who were adopted have been sealed in New Jersey for more than 70 years. The records were sealed to protect the adoptee and the adoptive family from interference by the biological parents.
“It’s now clear that these closed records condemn adoptees to an inferior standing in our state,” said Allen, who has worked to change the state’s law for 17 years. “Their civil rights are being violated by not allowing them to know basic information about their beginnings, their medical background, who their parents are or any siblings they may have – information the rest of us are allowed and take for granted.
Senator Diane Allen today praised news that Burlington City has been awarded $100,000 through the National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program for the first stages of a new 16 slip marina along the city’s waterfront.
The NBIG grant is administered through the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Maritime Resources and provided through the US Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service.
“The Delaware River and boating have been an integral part of Burlington City’s rich history for hundreds of years,” said Allen (R-Burlington). “The addition of a marina will draw more boaters to the city’s Riverfront Promenade as well as the city’s historical downtown sites and businesses.”
The New Jersey Senate approved today a resolution honoring Steve Sabol, sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Dawn Marie Addiego, both R-Burlington, and supported by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Steve Sabol is one of New Jersey’s most innovative entrepreneurs and his creativity has revolutionized both sports and documentary cinematography around the world,” Allen said. “He has made Mount Laurel the home of America’s favorite sport, having created a model business employing hundreds of people and boasting the world’s largest sports film library. He showed us the passion of the game — and made it our passion, too.”
“With ingenuity and grace, Steve Sabol has humanized America’s favorite sport bringing people inside the hearts and minds of their football heroes,” added Addiego. “Continuing Steve Sabol’s passion, NFL Films will continue to make Burlington County proud, as it chronicles the season of New Jersey’s Super Bowl.”
Would Require Public Health Insurance Providers to Cover Mental and Nervous Disorders, Alcohol and Substance Abuse as Any Other Medical Illness
A bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Joseph F. Vitale, Bob Gordon and Diane Allen which would require public health insurance providers to cover the treatment of mental and nervous disorders, alcoholism and substance abuse under the same terms and conditions as other medical illnesses was approved today by the full Senate.
“Substance abuse and other mental disorders are illnesses just like heart disease or cancer, yet our healthcare system tends to discriminate against mental illness when it comes to covering treatment,” said Allen (R- Burlington). “The consequences of failing to provide adequate care and treatment to those suffering from these diseases can be disastrous for patients and their families and unfairly attaches a stigma to very real, painful, and debilitating conditions. This legislation ends this sort of discrimination in our state health benefits plans.”
Program Helps Fund Plans for Preservation of Historic Sites
Senator Diane Allen today welcomed the award of preservation planning grants for four historic structures in Burlington County by the Christie Administration.
Funding, provided by the Garden State Historic Preservation Trust Fund, will go to the development of site preservation and use plans for: Christ Church Cemetery (Bordentown, $7,500), St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Burlington, $50,000), Perkins Center for the Arts (Moorestown, $34,500), and Jacob’s Chapel AME Church (Mount Laurel, $50,000).
With New Jersey set to demand a total of 248,250 jobs requiring education specializing in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by 2018, Senator Diane Allen is sponsoring legislation to promote instruction in these subject areas in New Jersey public schools.
S-2562, which was approved by the Senate Education Committee today, establishes a competitive grant program for school districts to support non-traditional and alternative STEM education programs and instruction.
Allen Legislation Would Study Feasibility of Tax Free Trusts for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
Legislation approved today by the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee would commission a study on the feasibility of allowing family members and caregivers of persons with developmental disabilities to establish tax-free trusts for the long term care needs of those individuals.
S-1034 is sponsored by Senator Diane Allen and explores the possibility of allowing pre-state tax contributions to special needs care and placement trusts designed to supplement Medicaid benefits received by persons with disabilities. Current law allows the establishment of such accounts, but does not allow for pre-tax contributions.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘This is a great honor’; Allen, Addiego to Introduce Steve Sabol Resolution
To memorialize one of New Jersey’s most innovative entrepreneurs, Senators Diane Allen and Dawn Marie Addiego (both R-Burlington) are introducing on Monday a resolution honoring NFL Films Pioneer Steve Sabol.
“Steve Sabol inspired the finest cinematic reflection of any sport and left nothing on the field,” Allen said. “His innovative filmmaking documented the intellect, emotion and humanity in America’s most aggressive and popular sport.”
“Steve Sabol’s ingenuity, artistic brilliance and endless commitment to creating history are celebrated across the country and around the world,” Addiego added. “He is a pride of Burlington County whose legacy will surely be continued by NFL Films, with their coverage of this Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII and beyond.”
Aims to Reduce Abuse, Wrongful Issuance of Parking Privileges
Legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington) and Joe Pennacchio (R- Morris) updating state laws to prevent abuse and wrongful issuance of disabled parking placards has been signed by Governor Chris Christie.
“Every time someone who is not disabled inappropriately obtains or uses a placard, he or she takes that parking space away from someone truly in need,” said Allen. “I’m pleased that the Governor has signed common sense changes to the law that will ensure proper verification of a placard holder’s disability on an ongoing basis.”
Grant to Fund “Celebrating 350 Years of New Jersey Women’s History Program” at Mount Laurel Facility
Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) thanked the New Jersey Historical Commission today for awarding $15,000 to Mount Laurel’s Alice Paul Institute. The funds come as part of a “mini grant” program administered by the Commission to fund specific projects at various historical organizations around the state.
“The Alice Paul Institute has done so much for young women interested in public service and the impact of women on the course of our state’s history,” said Allen. “API does a fantastic job of preserving the legacy of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New Jersey, and I’m proud to have been involved with the Institute since its inception. This grant will fund an upgrade of the New Jersey Women’s History Website, an informational resource for students and teachers.”