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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

Sen. Allen Appointed Regional Director for the National Order of Women Legislators

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has been appointed a Regional Director of the National Order of Women Legislators for 2011. The Order is a non-partisan organization for current and former female legislators that encourage women to participate in public policymaking and to seek elective office.

“Throughout my fifteen years of public service I have worked to encourage women to participate in the political process and seek elective office at all levels of government in New Jersey,” said Senator Allen. “I am honored to have been chosen by my peers to be a regional director for the National Order of Women Legislators, and look forward to working in the states for which I will be responsible to encourage more women to get involved in government. Women represent 51% of the population in America, yet fall far short of that kind of representation at all levels of government. I’m hopeful that I can play some role in closing this gender gap.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty/Allen Toolkit Bill Passes Senate

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Bill Allows Tax Refunds to Be Credited Against Property Tax Debt

Legislation sponsored by Senators Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington, Camden) that would allow state income tax refunds to be credited against property tax debts passed the Senate today with broad bipartisan support.

“This bill is an integral part of Governor Christie’s toolkit that will give local officials the methods they need to keep property taxes under the two percent cap that was implemented in July,” Doherty began. “It is important that all of these bills are passed before the cap takes effect January 1, 2011 in order to avoid catastrophic layoffs or cuts in vital services.”

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Sen. Allen Hails Passage of Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act

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Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) issued the following statement regarding the approval of S-2392, The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, by both houses of the New Jersey Legislature:

“In a perfect world, government would not have to legislate what most of us know as the golden rule: ‘treat others as you wish to be treated yourself’. However, cruelty inflicted upon young people by their peers carries too high a cost to ignore. Every public school in New Jersey should be a place where all children feel safe and are able to learn and grow.

Sen. Diane Allen speaking at a press conference after the New Jersey Senate approved anti-bullying legislation that she sponsored.

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Sen. Allen Appointed to Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee

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Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) is pleased to announce that Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington) has been appointed to the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. She will fill the Republican vacancy on the committee left by Phil Haines, who has taken a seat on the New Jersey Superior Court.

“Senator Allen has demonstrated enormous compassion and concern for veterans and their families throughout her career,” said Senator Kean. “Time and again she has led the charge to ensure those who have served our country, as well as their families, receive the benefits, care, and assistance they deserve. Diane will be an outstanding addition to the committee and will work hard in her trademark, bipartisan spirit for the sake of New Jersey’s veterans.”

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Senator Allen Supports Statewide Coat Drive

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Homeless to Independence Inc. will be holding their 5th Annual New Jersey Statewide Winter Outerwear Drive. Senator Allen’s Office will be participating as a drop-off location at 11 West Broad Street, Burlington, NJ 08016 from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday (except holidays). Senator Allen is happy to help this non-profit volunteer based organization in its effort to help those in need.  The Senator has worked with the homeless for more than 25 years, serving on Boards of organizations that serve the homeless, as well as working on the streets to try to help those in need move to transitional housing – or at the very least to try to keep them fed, warm and safe.

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Diane Allen Signs on to “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” Legislation as Prime Sponsor

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Senator Diane Allen, a member of the Senate Education Committee, issued the following statement regarding the “Anti-Bullying Bill Of Rights” legislation that she prime sponsored today:

“Nearly ten years ago, when I introduced my first anti-bullying bill, people said it wasn’t needed. Recent events have clearly demonstrated that the naysayers were wrong.

“The bill that was signed into law in May of 2002, after more than a year of debate, was groundbreaking in its scope and intent. Sadly, the original bill didn’t do everything that we hoped it would; stronger legislation was clearly needed.

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Diane Allen’s Statement on Planned NJEA Protest

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Senator Diane Allen, a member of the Senate Education Committee, issued a response to the organizer of a planned New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) protest at her district office that was promoted through a chain email. The response from Senator Allen follows:

Dear Mr. Karakashian,

I have been copied on an email you sent to quite a number of people requesting that they join your “minivan motorcade” to my office to “lobby me.”  Your email indicates Friday for your onslaught, but the Burlington Police have now contacted me to say you are planning to bring 40-50 people (and a lot of cars) to my office around 4:30 tomorrow afternoon. As it happens, I am meeting with constituents tomorrow until 3pm, and then leaving for a meeting out of the office.  As every other constituent and lobbyist does, the people with whom I am meeting called to make an appointment.  I gather you did not do this because you do not want to actually meet with me, but rather you want to make a statement – you want this, in your words, to be “the NJEA’s shot heard round the world.”

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Senator Allen Receives Two Statewide Honors

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was the recipient of two statewide honors in as many weeks. The State Alliance of YMCA’s and the New Jersey Aviation Association each honored Senator Allen for her work and commitment over the past year on various issues.

“I am honored to be recognized by two different, yet equally important, organizations in New Jersey, ” Allen stated. “The YMCA has a long tradition of helping children and families through a wide range of activities and services. The Jersey Aviation Association plays an integral role in creating jobs and improving safety in New Jersey’s aviation industry. Both organizations play an important role in strengthening our communities.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Republicans’ Statement on S-2139

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Senators Diane Allen, Kip Bateman, Andrew Ciesla, Chris Connors, Sean Kean and Robert Singer issued the following statement:

“Protecting women’s health is a vital priority for all of us. Contained in this year’s budget are critical investments in early cancer detection programs including mammograms. Over $20 million is dedicated to serve low-income women and children with chronic diseases, birth defects and special health care needs such as Cystic Fibrosis; childhood lead poisoning screening and environmental inspections of homes with suspected lead hazards; prenatal care; fetal alcohol syndrome; and hemophilia treatments. These critical investments were a major part of our collective decision to support the budget.

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Allen Receives Child and Family Advocacy Award

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The Regional Council for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey is honoring Senator Diane Allen. They chose Senator Allen “to receive our Child and Family Advocacy Award for her many years of dedicated advocacy that improved the quality of life for many children, adolescents and their families, ” according to Mary Diamond, President of the Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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