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Senator Diane Allen

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Senator Tom Kean

Senate Republicans Call on Democrats to Set ‘Date Certain’ for Toolkit Passage

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At an afternoon news conference following the Senate’s adjournment for Spring Recess, Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Deputy Minority Leader Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) were joined by a united Republican caucus in calling on the Majority to set a date certain for completion of the property tax relief toolkit.

“For a year now, we’ve been told by the Majority that, to quote the Senate President, ‘The toolkit has to happen’,” said Senator Kean. “However, blatant partisan posturing against the Governor has caused them to break the promise they made last year to the taxpayers. Their inaction is forcing service reductions, police and fire layoffs, and tax increases that our communities cannot afford and the taxpayers should not be forced to bear. It is time for the Democrats to stop with their small minded politics and set a date certain to complete the toolkit and provide taxpayers the relief they deserve.”

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Allen/Beach Legislation Prohibiting Billing of Victims for Rape Kits Clears Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) and James Beach (D- Camden) prohibiting healthcare providers from billing rape victims for forensic evidence collection services has been approved by the Senate.

“Sending a bill to victims of sexual assault for their own rape kits is nothing short of cruel,” said Allen. “In no other crime would it even be contemplated that victims receive an invoice for the collection of evidence needed to prosecute the offenders. Victims who receive a bill are needlessly forced to relive their attack all over again by the very people to whom they turned for help. This legislation will prevent this inhumane practice in New Jersey.”

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Muñoz and Allen Join Mark Lunsford Calling for Passage of Jessica Lunsford Act

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Assemblywoman Nancy F. Muñoz and Senator Diane Allen were joined by Mark Lunsford in a State House press conference this morning advocating for legislation known as the “Jessica Lunsford Act,” which increases prison sentences for sex offenders and persons who harbor them. Mr. Lunsford is the father of 9-year old Jessica, a young Florida girl who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered by a registered sex offender in 2005.

Senator Diane Allen (R-7) with Mark Lunsford at a State House press conference on March 21, 2011.

In May 2005, Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz’ late husband, Assemblyman Eric Muñoz, and Senator Allen introduced the original version of the “Jessica Lunsford Act” that included 45 bipartisan sponsors. The last action seen by the current bill was its unanimous approval in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2010, at which time it was referred to the Appropriations Committee where it has languished.

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Sen. Allen Will Sponsor Governor’s Bill to Close Early Release Loophole

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), original sponsor of New Jersey’s “No Early Release Act”, today said she is outraged that legislation permitting early release of some convicts signed into law by former Governor Jon Corzine last year has resulted in a young man’s death.

“I wrote the ‘No Early Release Act’ fifteen years ago after someone got out of prison early and murdered a woman in my district and raped her young child,” said Senator Allen. “Those convicted of serious crimes must pay their full debt to society. The absolutely reckless legislation signed by former Governor Corzine has now claimed its first victim. Eric Thomas was savagely shot in the back by a criminal who should never have been out of jail. I proudly stand with Governor Christie in supporting an end to this exceedingly irresponsible policy, and look forward to signing on as a prime sponsor of legislation righting this wrong.”

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Allen Bill Prohibiting Billing of Victims for Rape Kit Exams Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) preventing rape victims from being billed for forensic evidence collection related to their assault has cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“My bill closes a loophole in federal law that could result in a rape or sexual assault victim receiving a bill for their own rape kit,” said Senator Allen. “In no other crime do victims see an invoice for services related to evidence collection by law enforcement, and sexual assault should be no different. This type of crime is the most traumatic event any woman could ever live through. It is cruel of anyone to send a bill for the exam needed to catch the attacker, and this legislation prevents that from ever happening in New Jersey again.”

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Senator Allen Calls Governor’s Budget Good for Jobs

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State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden) released this statement following Governor Christie’s FY 2012 budget address:

“The Governor’s budget is an honest assessment of our state’s finances that does what families across New Jersey do every day: spend only what we can afford. New Jersey’s crisis of affordability was not created in a day, and it will not be reversed in a single year or a single budget. I applaud the Governor’s long term vision to do right by New Jersey taxpayers.”

“The Governor’s commitment to fiscal responsibility has not only assured job creators they will no longer have to foot the bill for profligate spending in Trenton, it has allowed him to propose important tax relief for businesses this year. The tough choices Governor Christie and Republicans have been making are yielding, and will continue to produce, results for our economy and hope for those seeking employment. Fiscal responsibility, above all else, is the engine of opportunity for New Jersey workers.”

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Senator Allen Seeks To Preserve Tough Witness Tampering Penalties

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Troubled by legislative efforts to weaken witness tampering rules adopted by the New Jersey Supreme Court, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington/Camden) today announced she will submit a floor amendment in today’s voting session to SJR-25 nullifying the proposed changes.

“The New Jersey Supreme Court adopted witness tampering rules that match those used by the federal judiciary and more than 20 states,” said Senator Allen. “Reports show that witness tampering is a serious, and growing, problem for New Jersey prosecutors. Defendants must not be rewarded in any case- criminal or civil- for any effort to make a witness against them unavailable.”

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Senator Allen Statement on Governor’s Tenure Reform Package

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State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington), a member of the Senate Education Committee, issued this statement following the release of Governor Christie’s tenure reform proposals:

“I sincerely believe that reforms to teacher tenure must be made, and that those changes must protect our schools from undue political influence, use multiple measures of teacher performance, reward excellence in the classroom, and make it easier to get poorly performing teachers out of the profession. Everyone is in agreement that the system must be changed, even the NJEA.

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Kean/Allen Bill Creating “New Jersey Senior Labor Task Force” Approved by Committee

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Task Force to Study Needs and Challenges of Older Workers

Legislation sponsored by Senators Sean T. Kean (R-11) and Diane Allen (R-7) that recognizes the increasing importance of senior citizens in the state’s labor force has been approved by the Senate Labor Committee.

The measure, S-2117, creates the “New Jersey Senior Labor Task Force” to study, evaluate and make recommendations to address the challenges and barriers that seniors face when they remain in or enter the workforce.

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Senator Allen Applauds Governor’s Commitment to Fiscal Responsibility

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State Senator Diane Allen today issued the following statement praising Governor Christie’s focus on fiscal responsibility in his State of the State Address:

“New Jersey finally has a Governor whose actions match his words on fiscal responsibility. Governor Christie’s State of the State Address was heartening to those like myself who for years have sought to cap state spending and bring our expenses in line with what the taxpayers can afford.”

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