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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) issued 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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Senator Jennifer Beck

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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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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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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