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Senator Diane Allen

Allen Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from Cyber-Harassment Heads to Governor

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Protections for domestic violence victims, including restraining orders, would be extended to victims of cyber-harassment under legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill would add cyber-harassment to the state’s domestic violence statutes. (©iStock)

“Cyber-harassment is an easy and inexpensive way for a domestic violence perpetrator to continue to inflict pain and exert control over a partner,” Senator Allen said. “Cyber-stalkers can now use social media and other websites to locate their victims, send threatening messages or commit identity theft. We have to ensure that the domestic violence protections we currently have in place, including restraining orders, also extend to those who are being victimized online.”

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Passed: Allen Resolution Advocating for New Tanker Planes at Joint Base MDL

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The resolution calls for the United States Air Force and Congress to station new KC-46A tanker plans at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

A resolution (SR-64) sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging the United States Air Force and Congress to bring a new mission to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – New Jersey’s second largest employer – was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen urges the Air Force to station new tanker planes at Joint Base MDL. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“So many New Jersey residents work at the Joint Base,” Senator Allen said. “It’s important that we do whatever we can to bring in new missions and ensure it remains a viable military base for years to come.”

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Allen to Introduce Bill to Prevent Dumping of Dredge Spoils on Burlington Island

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce legislation to give Burlington City the power to decide whether or not dredge spoils can be dumped on Burlington Island, which has been long-controlled by the people of Burlington.

Sen. Diane Allen will introduce legislation to give Burlington City the power to decide whether dredge spoils are dumped on Burlington Island. (Bing Maps)

“This is one of the jewels of the Delaware River, and we want to preserve it,” Senator Allen said. “We’re working with a number of groups, including the Board of Island Managers, to ensure that city residents continue to have the final call on what happens at Burlington Island.”

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Allen to Introduce Bills to Permanently Lower Speed Limits in School Zones; Increase Penalties for Speeding

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Legislation follows death of pedestrian 10th grader killed on Route 130 by Burlington City High School

Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce a three-bill package to reduce speed limits in school zones, including Route 130, and increase penalties for drivers who put students at risk.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation reduces the speed limit in school zones on Route 130 and statewide, and ups penalties for drivers who put students at risk. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation follows the death of Antwan Timbers Jr., a Burlington City High School tenth grader who was killed when he was struck by a car while walking along Route 130.

“More than 1,000 students each day cross Route 130 – one of the deadliest highways in the state for pedestrians,” Senator Allen said. “They are still in danger long after the speed limit reverts back at 4 p.m. After school activities require many kids to cross ‘death highway’ in the dark on their way home. We cannot lose another child the way we lost Antwan. Permanently reducing speed limits in school zones and holding drivers accountable for their dangerous behavior are the best way to save lives.”

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Allen Bill Expanding Property Tax Exemptions to All Disabled Veterans Clears Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to ensure all disabled veterans receive property tax exemptions has cleared the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee. The bill, S-934, is also sponsored by Senator Chris Connors (R-Ocean.)

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill extends property tax exemptions to disabled veterans who live in a cooperative or mutual housing corporation. (DVIDS)

“A disabled veteran should not be excluded from receiving benefits because of a technicality in the law that is completely unjust and should never have existed in the first place,” Senator Allen said. “It is essential that we close this loophole and ensure that all disabled veterans have access to the property tax exemption they earned in service to this country.”

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Allen Votes ‘NO’ on Gas Tax Hike

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After voting ‘NO’ on the gas tax increase, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) had the following statement:

Sen. Diane Allen voted ‘NO’ on the gas tax increase. (©iStock)

“Today I voted against increasing the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon. Unfortunately a majority of the legislators voted in favor of the increase, and sadly it will be going into effect November 1st.

“While there were some tax cuts in the bill that I could have supported, they were totally overshadowed by the massive 23 cent per gallon tax increase on gasoline.

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Advanced: Allen Resolution Advocating for New KC-46A Tanker Planes at Joint Base MDL

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The resolution calls for the United States Air Force and Congress to station new KC-46A tanker planes at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) urging the United States Air Force and Congress to bring a new mission to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – New Jersey’s second largest employer – was advanced by the Senate Military & Veterans Affairs Committee.

A resolution sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen urges the Air Force to station new tanker planes at Joint Base MDL. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“This base has helped protect America for almost 100 years,” Senator Allen said. “It’s important that we do whatever we can to bring in new missions and ensure it remains a viable military base for years to come.”

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Allen to Introduce Legislation to Address Fentanyl Analogs & Expand Drug Recovery Program

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will introduce legislation to codify proposals announced by Governor Chris Christie to increase penalties for crimes involving fentanyl derivatives and to expand New Jersey’s Recovery Coaches Program.

Sen. Diane Allen will introduce bills to ban fentanyl analogs and expand the Recovery Coach Program. (Wikimedia Commons)

“This legislation will codify the emergency order announced by Governor Christie to impose stricter punishments for people convicted of making, selling or possessing these lethal fentanyl derivatives,” Senator Allen said. “We’re also going to expand our mission to reach out to individuals suffering from addiction and help them get treatment.”

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Allen Bill to Add Cyber Harassment to Domestic Violence Statutes Passes Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to include cyber-harassment in New Jersey’s domestic violence statutes was advanced by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation would add cyber-harassment to the state’s domestic violence statutes. (©iStock)

“When social media and other online sites are used to harass someone, it can be a real nightmare for the victims,” Senator Allen said. “Their tormentors can use these tools as a way to attack and humiliate them, often in very public ways. We need to extend our domestic violence laws to include cyber-harassment so people are protected from this kind of abuse.”

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Allen Bill Legalizing Telemedicine in New Jersey Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) authorizing the use of telemedicine in New Jersey has been advanced by the Senate Health Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation would authorize the use of telemedicine in New Jersey. (Flickr)

“Telemedicine is especially vital for patients who suffer from chronic illness, seniors who are homebound, and families who live in rural areas where they would have to travel very far to receive medical care,” Senator Allen said. “No one should have to choose between paying for groceries and traveling to see a doctor. By legalizing telemedicine, we can bring the cost of healthcare down and expand access to a variety of health services for millions of new patients.”

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