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Senator Diane Allen

Senator Diane Allen

Bipartisan 10-Bill Package Would Implement NJ Supreme Court Panel on Domestic Violence Recommendations

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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.

Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Loretta Weinberg introduced a 10-bill package to implement recommendations of the Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Domestic Violence. (©iStock)

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.

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Allen Legislation to Review Standards on Substance Abuse Instruction Signed Into Law

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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.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill to review standards in substance abuse instruction has been signed by the Governor. (Flickr)

“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 “Our young people cannot understand the pervasiveness and seriousness of the issue if they are being taught with outdated material.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.”

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Allen Stands in Support of Lifesaving Permanent Needle Exchange Program Law

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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.

The contents of a needle exchange kit. (Flickr)

“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.”

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Allen NJEIT Bill to Fund $15.6 Million of Clean Water Projects in Burlington County Signed into Law

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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.

Gov. Christie signed Sen. Diane Allen’s bill to provide $411 million for environmental infrastructure projects statewide. Burlington County will receive nearly $16 million for clean water projects. (Pixabay)

“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.”

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Gov. Signs Allen Bill to Provide Death Benefits to All Children of State Troopers, Public Safety Workers

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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.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill, now law, ensures all surviving children of state troopers and public safety workers have equal access to death benefits. (Flickr)

“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.”

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Allen Calls for Action on Eminent Domain Bills to Protect NJ Homeowners

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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.

Sen. Diane Allen called for Democratic leaders to post two bills to reform eminent domain. (©iStock)

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.

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Allen Legislation to Protect Military Bases Signed into Law

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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.

The Governor signed a bill sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen that protects New Jersey’s military bases. (Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst)

“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.”

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Allen Bill Urges Congress to Recognize Women’s Right Hero Alice Paul

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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.

Sen. Diane Allen is sponsoring a resolution that urges Congress to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to New Jersey native Alice Paul. (Wikimedia Commons)

“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.”

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Senate Passes Allen/Beck Bill to Establish “Adopt a Shelter Pet Month”

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) to raise awareness about shelter pets passed the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Jennifer Beck to raise awareness about shelter pet adoption passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The legislation, SJR-41, designates September of each year as “New Jersey Adopt a Shelter Pet Month” as a way to raise awareness about the ongoing need for pet adoption, as well as the joy of pet ownership.

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Senate Passes Allen Bill Providing Web Access to All Special Education Court Decisions

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) requiring the NJ Department of Education to maintain an online database detailing legal decisions concerning special education cases in New Jersey has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bill requires the NJDOE to maintain an online database detailing legal decisions concerning all special education cases in New Jersey. (©iStock)

“Current law ties the hands of advocates who are working tirelessly to secure resources for the more than 230,000 children enrolled in special education programs statewide,” Senator Allen opined. “Providing web access to legal decisions on all special education court cases, including those that are settled, is the best way to empower parents and school officials to fight for every child’s right to learn and thrive in the least restrictive environment possible.”

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