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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

Allen Applauds Governor Christie’s Energy Plan, RGGI Withdrawal

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State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), co-sponsor of legislation withdrawing New Jersey from the job-killing Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), issued the following statement praising the Christie Administration’s newly released Energy Master Plan. The Plan ends New Jersey’s participation in RGGI.

“RGGI drives up energy costs for consumers at a time when nobody can afford any additional taxes. Businesses are hit particularly hard, and virtually invites them to pick up and leave New Jersey. This program has put New Jersey on an unequal footing as compared to our neighbors, and I applaud Governor Christie’s newest commitment to improving our business and jobs climate in New Jersey by withdrawing from RGGI.

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Allen, Sean Kean Legislation Establishing Senior Labor Task Force Clears Senate

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Legislation aimed at helping older New Jersey residents who choose to return to the workforce find employment has passed the Senate. Sponsored by Senators Diane Allen and Sean Kean, S-2117 establishes the “New Jersey Senior Labor Task Force”.

Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden)

Seniors find it necessary to re-enter the workforce for a variety of reasons. Whatever the case, this is a unique labor demographic that has much to offer our economy, but is frequently hindered by barriers to entry. The New Jersey Senior Labor Task Force will help state government better understand these barriers, investigate the prevalence of age discrimination in the workplace, and identify the sectors of our economy in which the talents and skills of older workers are in demand.

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Allen Bill Permitting Marriage by Proxy for Service Members Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) permitting marriage by proxy for members of the armed forces serving in a war or conflict has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“When a member of the military is called upon to serve in a place of war or conflict, personal plans are put on hold,” Allen said. “This legislation allows men and women of the military to share the financial and legal benefits of marriage with their partners that would otherwise be delayed by service to our country.”

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Senator Allen Calls for Repeal of State Participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

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Says Cap and Trade Plan Costs Jobs, Hurts Family Budgets

State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) has signed on as a cosponsor to S-2250, legislation repealing New Jersey’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). At a news conference announcing her support for the legislation, Senator Allen stressed the negative impact RGGI has on job creation, energy affordability, and taxes.

“New Jersey residents cannot afford this initiative- both in terms of the adverse impact it has on job creation as well as the cost to consumers,” said Allen. “RGGI is effectively a tax placed on a service essential to families and businesses, at a time when our economy can least tolerate it. For the sake of the 9.3% of New Jersey workers who are unemployed and the countless families who are struggling mightily to get by in this recession, we need to repeal the law.”

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Media Advisory: Senator Diane Allen to Hold Press Conference MONDAY

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) will hold a press conference to discuss the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), its negative implications for New Jersey’s economy, and the need for repealing the law. She will be joined by Senator Michael Doherty (R- Warren/Hunterdon) and Americans For Prosperity’s Steve Lonegan.

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Senator Allen Hails Senate Passage of Early Release Repeal

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) applauded emergency Senate action to repeal New Jersey’s early inmate release statute. Repeal was achieved by adoption of Governor Christie’s conditional veto of S-2308, used as an alternate to Senator Allen’s S-2814 which also repealed the statute.

“I continue to believe, as I did when I sponsored New Jersey’s No Early Release Act for violent offenders in 1997, that criminals need to serve the entirety of their sentences,” said Senator Allen. “The early release statute signed by former Governor Corzine resulted in tragedy for two families. I want to thank the Senate President for working with me to repeal this terribly misguided policy.”

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Senator Allen Receives ‘Patient Advocacy Award’ from Penn Medicine

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Addresses Personal Battle with Cancer in Keynote Address to Head & Neck Cancers Conference

State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) has been honored by the University of Pennsylvania Health System with Penn Medicine’s “Patient Advocacy Award”. Senator Allen was surprised with the award after delivering the keynote address at the hospital’s second annual Focus on Head and Neck Cancer’s Free Conference.

“Being asked to share my personal battle with oral cancer by the hospital that saved my life was honor enough,” said Allen, “but I am truly humbled to receive this award. While I was able to beat back the disease thanks to timely detection and aggressive treatment, too many go undiagnosed or lack access to care until it is too late. That is why I believe it is so important for survivors to get involved, because raising awareness among the public and policymakers will save lives.”

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Diane Allen Mourns the Passing of Her Colleague, Senator John Adler

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Senator Diane Allen issued the following statement on the passing of her colleague Senator John Adler:

“My heart goes out to the Adler family, his wife Shelly and their four children. John spent the better part of two decades serving the people of New Jersey with candor and vigor. His intellect and energy was a benefit to his constituents and all who had the honor of serving with him. This is a great loss for New Jersey. He will be truly missed.”

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Sen. Allen Applauds Governor Christie’s Efforts to End Early Release

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), prime sponsor of legislation to repeal New Jersey’s mandatory early release statute, issued this statement following Governor Christie’s announcement that he has inserted repeal language into his conditional veto of S-2308:

“The Governor’s action provides an additional path to repeal New Jersey’s early release law, and I am pleased that he has put his full support behind this effort. With two homicides already committed by inmates released under the program, repealing this misguided policy should be priority number one for the Legislature. A growing chorus of law enforcement professionals has joined my call for ending New Jersey’s early release program because it is a threat to public safety, and I encourage Legislative leaders to join our cause by scheduling a vote on repeal at the earliest possible date.”

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Sen. Allen, Sheriff Stanfield: “Second Murder Proves Immediate Need to Repeal Early Release”

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Following reports of a second homicide committed by an inmate prematurely freed from incarceration, Senator Diane Allen has sent a letter to Senate President Stephen Sweeney requesting expedited consideration of her bill (S-2814) to repeal New Jersey’s early release statute:

“Legislation does not kill people, but criminals freed by irresponsible legislation most certainly do,” said Senator Allen. “One murder was too many, but two murders committed by separate individuals almost immediately upon their release from prison shows how irreparably flawed this law is. The current statute is putting convicts with violent tendencies and a predisposition toward weapons back on our streets. It was a bad idea when it was proposed, and should be repealed immediately to avert any further tragedy.”

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