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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

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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Sen. Allen’s “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act” Signed into Law

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), co-prime sponsor of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (S-2392), praised Governor Chris Christie for signing the bill into law this morning. The Senator called the Governor’s approval “a courageous action that will protect New Jersey’s most vulnerable schoolchildren.”

“While learning to deal with hurt feelings and unkind treatment are part of growing up, there are certain children who are victims of constant, vicious threats and intimidation,” said Senator Allen. “Not only does bullying jeopardize the victims’ physical and emotional well-being, it impedes their ability to learn. I commend Governor Christie for signing this legislation into law.”

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Sen. Allen on NJ Higher Education Taskforce Report

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State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden)┬áissued the following statement regarding the report released by Governor Christie’s Higher Education Taskforce regarding the future of post-secondary education in New Jersey:

“Increasing access, quality, and affordability to higher education will result in more jobs and a stronger and more stable economy in New Jersey. Governor Kean was correct when he stated today that Chris Christie is the first Governor in some time to take the needs of our higher education system seriously. I applaud his efforts in assembling the Higher Education Task Force to conduct a thorough examination of how we bring our state colleges and universities into the 21st Century.

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Republican Women Call for Hearings, Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Anne Patterson

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Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth/Mercer), and Dawn Marie Addiego (R- Burlington) were joined by Republican women of the Assembly to call for a vote on Anne Patterson to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Their comments come in response to controversy surrounding the appointment of an interim justice to fill the vacancy created by John Wallace’s departure from the bench.

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“There is no need for the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court to continue,” said Senator Allen. “The dispute over the interim justice could end tomorrow if the Senate President and Judiciary Committee Chairman would schedule confirmation hearings and a vote on Anne Patterson’s nomination to the Court. In fact, we never would have gotten to this point in the first place had the Majority respected the Governor’s Constitutional authority to make judicial appointments and the Senate’s responsibility to actively consider and vote on the nomination. Advice and consent means an up or down vote, not delay and deal cutting. Anne Patterson is extremely well qualified and has built an impressive legal and public service career. She should be judged on those merits and those merits alone, and all Senators should be given the opportunity to register their opinion of the nomination on the floor of the Senate.”

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Senator Allen Statement on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington), member of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, today released the following statement in recognition of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day:

“On December 7, 1941, the course of United States history changed forever. In tragedy and crisis, Americans found strength and conviction to lead the world in the fight against enemies of freedom and those who sought to enslave and oppress others. As a nation, we must never forget the sacrifice not only of those who died as a result of that attack on Pearl Harbor, but of every member of the “Greatest Generation” that answered the call of duty to put country before self on that day. Contrary to the intentions of our attackers, Pearl Harbor brought out the best in America for the entire world to see.”

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