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Senator Diane Allen

Senate Moves to Bring Telemedicine to New Jersey

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to legalize telemedicine in New Jersey has passed the State Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill would authorize healthcare providers who are licensed by the state to engage in telemedicine. New Jersey is one of the last states in the USA without regulations addressing telemedicine. (Flickr)

“Bringing telemedicine to New jersey will do a world of good for our residents, particularly for those who are homebound, or have a chronic condition that requires regular maintenance,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “We have not been immune to the nationwide doctor shortage. Expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare is the right thing to do, especially in these uncertain times. This bill could bring the cost down for millions of new patients.”

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Allen’s ‘Charlie’s Law’ to Protect Service Dog Access to Public Spaces Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed “Charlie’s Law,” legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that creates civil penalties for preventing a person with a service animal from accessing a public facility.

Sen. Diane Allen’s “Charlie’s Law” creates civil penalties for blocking service animals from accessing public facilities. The law is named for a service dog who was ordered out of an airport while accompanying Cherry Hill teen, Ben Shore. (Flickr)

“Charlie’s Law” (S-2662) is named after a service dog who was denied access to an airport while assisting his owner, Ben Shore, a Cherry Hill teen who is on the autism spectrum and suffers from panic attacks.

“Service animals ensure people with disabilities can navigate public spaces safely and independently. They are not just faithful companions,” Senator Allen said. “The current reporting process is cumbersome for victims and investigations are taking too long. Anyone who experiences what Ben Shore had to endure at that airport should be entitled to the most expedient response possible under the law.”

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Allen/Sweeney Bill Designating ‘State Trooper Sean E. Cullen Memorial Highway’ Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate took action to memorialize a former New Jersey State Trooper killed in the line of duty. The bill, sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senate President Steve Sweeney would honor Trooper Sean Cullen by naming a section of Route 295 in his memory.

Senate President Sweeney and Sen. Diane Allen’s bill designates a portion of Route 295 as “State Trooper Sean E. Cullen Memorial Highway.” Trooper Cullen, a native of Cinnaminson – a town within Sen. Allen’s district, was tragically killed in the line of duty last year. (Facebook/NJSP)

“Trooper Cullen was a devoted son, brother, and soon-to-be husband and father to an infant son,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “Our community banded together to support his young family after he tragically died in the line of duty. He was our hometown hero and a remarkable role model for new law enforcement officers in this state. Renaming part of Route 295 in his memory is the least we can do to honor his dedicated service to the people of New Jersey.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Allen/Kean Resolution to Improve Sportsmanship at Youth Athletic Fields Passed by Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to ensure better sportsmanship by players, coaches and spectators at youth sporting events was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Tom Kean to improve sportsmanship at youth sporting events was passed by the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“While they can get very competitive, youth sports should still be all about having fun,” Senator Allen said. “When people get too heated it ruins that fun for everyone else. Sometimes people just need a reminder about the rules, and hopefully, this will help ensure a good time for all.”

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Allen Resolution Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix Passed by Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) honoring the 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s resolution celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix was passed by the Senate. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“For 100 years Fort Dix has been crucial to the economy of New Jersey and the defense of our country,” Senator Allen said. “Even as it enters its second century, it maintains an important role in our armed forces, and it’s still one of the largest employers in the state.”

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Allen Bill to Prevent Drug-Seeking in Emergency Rooms Passes Senate

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Senator Diane Allen’s bill to prevent doctor-shopping in emergency rooms, by requiring providers to check the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program (NJPMP) before prescribing a Schedule II controlled dangerous substance has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill prevents doctor-shopping in emergency rooms by requiring prescribers to check the NJPMP before writing a prescription for a controlled dangerous substance. (Wikimedia Commons)

“A person who is suffering from this unbearable disease will understandably stop at nothing to ease their pain. Emergency rooms are open 24 hours a day. It is easy to see why they have become hot spots for doctor-shopping,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said.

“Anyone who writes a prescription for a controlled dangerous substance should be required to check the NJPMP before putting pen to paper. It only takes one supply to ruin someone’s life. There can be no exceptions to the laws we have in place to combat the opioid crisis.” Allen added.
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Passed: Holzapfel, Allen Bill to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) and Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Sen. Diane Allen to protect seniors in assisted living was advanced by the senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“When families put their loved ones in the care of a nursing home or other assisted living facility, they expect that they’ll be treated properly and with respect,” Senator Holzapfel said. “If an employee of one of these homes even has the slightest suspicion that something might be awry, it should be their duty to report it.”

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Holzapfel, Allen Bill to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living Advanced by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Jim Holzapfel (R-Ocean) and Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities was advanced by the Senate Health Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Jim Holzapfel and Sen. Diane Allen to protect seniors in assisted living was advanced by a Senate panel. (SenateNJ.com)

“When families put their loved ones in the care of a nursing home or other assited living facility, they expect that they’ll be treated properly and with respect,” Senator Holzapfel said. “If an employee of one of these homes even has the slightest suspicion that something might be awry, it should be their duty to report it.”

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Advanced: Allen Resolution Celebrating 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) honoring the 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix was advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s resolution celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Fort Dix was advanced by a Senate Panel. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“For 100 years, Fort Dix has been crucial to the economy of New Jersey and the defense of our country,” Senator Allen said. “Even as it enters its second century, it maintains an important role in our armed forces, and it’s still one of the largest employers in the state.”

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Allen Introduces Pay Equity Legislation

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has introduced pay equity legislation following months of negotiations to determine an effective and reasonable solution.

Sen. Diane Allen introduced pay equity legislation on May 25, 2017 following months of negotiations to determine an effective and reasonable solution. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’ve worked with legislators and the administration for months in an effort to reach consensus on reasonable reforms that will ensure pay equity for women,” said Allen.

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