Collecting Donations of Food & Needed Items at Her District Office
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) has announced a “Pet Food Drive” at her district office in Cinnaminson to collect donations of food and other items needed by the Burlington County Animal Shelter.
“As an animal lover and supporter of the Burlington County Animal Shelter, I know how difficult it can be to feed and care for the many animals that are in the facility waiting for their forever homes,” said Allen. “I’m glad to offer my office as a collection point for the many dog and cat lovers in the area who want to donate to support the shelter.”
A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that urges The United States Congress to recognize women’s rights hero, and New Jersey native, Alice Paul, has been passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“Alice Paul was a key figure in the women’s rights movement in the early 20th Century, particularly in the fight for women’s suffrage,” Senator Allen said. “She has been an inspiration for women throughout the years and remains an outstanding role model for many people to this day.”
Bipartisan 10-Bill Package Would Implement NJ Supreme Court Panel on Domestic Violence Recommendations
Senator Diane Allen and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg have introduced a 10-bill package that would implement numerous recommendations of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence. Chief Justice Stuart Rabner convened the committee in February of 2015 to review existing domestic violence laws, procedures and policies, and to make recommendations for changes to the system to better protect victims of domestic violence.
Weinberg and Allen served on the panel, which recommended changes in an array of areas including education, training, resources for victims and adjudication and treatment of offenders. The legislative package would satisfy a third of those recommendations. Also serving on the panel were Assemblyman Troy Singleton and Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, as well as judges, advocates, representatives of academia, legal practitioners representing both victims and those charged with acts of domestic violence, and representatives of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The court is in the process of reviewing the panel’s report.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to ensure that curriculum for substance abuse instruction includes the most recent evidence-based standards and practices has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Substance abuse and addiction are problems that affect every part of our society,” Senator Allen said. “Our young people cannot understand the pervasiveness and seriousness of the issue if they are being taught with outdated material. This will ensure they will be getting useful information during their health classes in school.”
Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) stated that the signing of a law she co-sponsored to establish a permanent syringe access program is the right thing to do for residents across the state struggling with addiction.
“As a longtime advocate for those struggling with addiction, I was proud to work with Senator Vitale and the Governor to ensure the passage of this law,” Senator Diane Allen said. “Establishing a permanent needle-exchange program does far more than prevent the spread of fatal diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis. For many addicts, visiting a syringe access center may be their only opportunity to access lifesaving medical testing, counseling and a variety of other health services that forge a pathway to recovery.”
Law Provides $411 Million for Environmental Infrastructure Projects Statewide
New Jersey will receive up to $411 million for environmental infrastructure projects statewide under legislation co-sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. Nearly $16 million will fund clean water projects in Burlington County.
“This legislation funds important projects that will keep New Jersey’s drinking water clean, safe and contaminant-free without placing an added burden on taxpayers,” Senator Allen said. “Without the $15.6 million awarded to Burlington County, we may not have been able to finance upgrades to local drinking water systems, or purchase a tank system to safely remove groundwater discharged during construction projects across the county.”
Gov. Signs Allen Bill to Provide Death Benefits to All Children of State Troopers, Public Safety Workers
Governor Christie has signed Senator Diane Allen’s (R-Burlington) bill to provide all surviving children of deceased New Jersey State Troopers, police, firefighters and public safety officers with equal access to death benefits.
“A child of a trooper, police officer or paramedic who was unmarried at the time of death is no less deserving than any other child who has lost their parent,” Senator Allen said. “Our community banded together to support a state trooper’s young family after he tragically died in the line of duty. Passing this law is the least we can do to ensure all children of public safety workers statewide continue to receive the support they deserve.”
Following reports that a state judge ruled on the side of an Atlantic City property owner in a years-long case, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) called for Democrat lawmakers to post two eminent domain bills that have been re-introduced for years, but never posted for a hearing.
Senator Allen’s call for action follows a New Jersey Superior Court ruling in favor of a 69-year-old Atlantic City man in a case against the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The Authority sought to get his family’s home condemned in order to pursue redevelopment efforts, leading to a four-year legal process. In his decision, the judge wrote that the Authority’s efforts were an abuse of eminent domain power and exceeded the agency’s authority, according to the APP.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Allen (R-Burlington) to protect New Jersey’s military bases – particularly Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst – by improving relations between the military and local governments was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“New Jersey’s military bases provide our residents with tens of thousands of great jobs,” Senator Allen said. “This legislation will improve coordination of land use planning between the military and local governments, helping limit civilian encroachment on military installations.”
A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) that urges the United States Congress to recognize women’s rights hero, and New Jersey native, Alice Paul, passed the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.
“Alice Paul is a national hero and someone whom I’ve always admired,” Senator Allen said. “She fought tirelessly her entire life to secure equal rights for women. Her legacy is something we treasure here in New Jersey, and I hope Congress sees that it is something worth honoring.”