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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

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 Chris Connors
Senator Diane Allen
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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Senator Dawn Addiego
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Senator Jennifer Beck

Republican Women Legislators Urge Confirmation Proceedings for Anne Patterson to Move Forward

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The female Republican members of the State Senate and General Assembly would like to offer the following statement of support for Governor Christie’s New Jersey Supreme Court nominee, Anne Patterson:

“New Jersey can be proud of its record on women in government. In fact, in 1925, New Jersey was the sixth State in the nation to elect a woman to represent them in the U.S. Congress.

“In that spirit, as female elected-officials, we would like to voice our support for the Senate to hold confirmation hearings for Anne Patterson as a nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Patterson’s appointment to the court would mean that for the first time in New Jersey history, we would have a majority of women on the State Supreme Court. New Jersey would become only the fifth State in the nation to have such a balance.

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Allen Bill Prohibits Property Tax Hikes on Alternative Energy Projects

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No Penalties for Installing Solar, Wind or Biomass Systems

Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen that would prohibit municipalities from hiking property taxes on newly installed home or business-based alternative energy systems passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee unanimously today.

“It is obvious that the United States and New Jersey need to move more quickly towards adopting cleaner alternative energy technologies,” Allen stated. “The policy of reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy is a critical national security issue. This policy also has enormous environmental implications, as anyone watching the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is acutely aware.”

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Senator Allen’s Bill Requiring Drug Testing at State Facilities Becomes Law

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State Psychiatric Hospitals, Developmental Centers and Veterans’ Memorial Homes Will Be Affected

A bill sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that requires employee drug testing at state psychiatric hospitals, developmental centers and veterans’ memorial homes was recently signed into law.

“Residents in these facilities are reliant on others to take care of their most basic human needs, Allen stated. “It is only common sense that staff must be prepared and alert to perform these vital responsibilities. Requiring employees to undergo drug testing is a reasonable step and should be expected.”

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Senator Allen’s ‘College Student and Parent Consumer Information Act’ Becomes Law

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Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) was the prime sponsor of a new law that requires each four-year institution of higher education to provide information on graduation rates, costs, faculty and other important facts on its website.

“College is so expensive that most parents can’t afford to make mistakes when choosing where to send their children,” Senator Allen said. “This bill will help both parents and students make better choices about where to spend their precious educational dollars.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Kean & Allen Gratified New Jersey Will Apply for Education Grants

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen, members of the Senate Education Committee, issued the following statement regarding the State Department of Education’s decision to apply for federal “Race to the Top” education grants.

“I am pleased that Commissioner Davy has decided to apply for $200 million to $400 million in federal education grants,” Kean began. “Her initiative in applying for these funds will positively impact student performance for many years to come. Additionally, these funds will be vitally important to property taxpayers over the next several months.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Tom Kean & Diane Allen Express Disappointment that NJ Has Not Applied for Federal Education Grants

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Diane Allen, both members of the Senate Education Committee, expressed disappointment that New Jersey is woefully unprepared to apply for federal “Race to the Top” education grants. Published reports indicate that the state Department of Education ceased working on the application in mid-November. The deadline for the grant application is January 19, 2010.

“It is disappointing that the state Department of Education will be unable to complete the grant application by the deadline,” Kean stated. “I believe, especially in our current fiscal situation, it is imperative to make every effort to apply for all of the federal aid for which we are eligible. Remember, New Jersey only gets back 61 cents of every dollar we send to Washington. To refuse to apply for a $200 million to $400 million education grant is simply inexcusable.”

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