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Senator Diane Allen

Two Allen Bills to Aid Returning Veterans Pass Senate Panel

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) to improve benefits and job prospects for returning veterans were advanced by the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s bills aimed at helping returning veterans were advanced by a senate committee. (©iStock)

“We should be doing everything we can to show that we are grateful for our veterans,” Senator Allen said. “Service members encounter real struggles when they return home, so we must find ways to make that transition a little easier.”

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Advanced: Allen Bill to Legalize Telemedicine in New Jersey

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Healthcare providers would now be able to practice telemedicine in New Jersey under legislation sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and advanced by the Senate Budget Committee.

Sen. Diane Allen’s legislation would allow New Jersey doctors to practice telemedicine. (Flickr)

“Telemedicine is a safe, convenient and cost-efficient way to provide millions of new patients with access to quality healthcare,” Senator Allen said. “People with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, can use telemedicine to proactively manage their condition at home, preventing hospitalizations and costly emergency room visits. This is critical for those who are homebound or live in rural regions of our state where doctor shortages are common.”

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Allen Unveils “Antwan’s Law” & Supporting Petition to Protect Pedestrians in School Zones Statewide

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Bill package and petition honors Burlington City student killed in Route 130 school zone by reducing speed limits, increasing penalties for speeding

Senator Diane Allen met with Burlington City students to unveil “Antwan’s Law,” legislation to better protect pedestrians in schools zones by giving municipalities and law enforcement new tools to combat speeding around schools statewide. The Senator has also launched the “25 Saves Lives” petition calling for the swift passage of her legislation.

Antwan Timbers Sr. reacting to Sen. Diane Allen’s announcement that her new legislation to increase pedestrian safety in school zones would be named after his late son, Antwan Timbers Jr., during a gathering at Burlington City High School on October 24, 2016. (SenateNJ.com)

“Today I witnessed firsthand how passionate Burlington City High School students are about saving lives on Route 130 and in school zones across the state,” Senator Allen added. “It is a tragic reality that Antwan’s death could have been prevented if we had the proper protections in place to keep pedestrians safe. I urge everyone to join our fight and sign my 25 Saves Live petition today.

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MONDAY ADVISORY: Allen to Meet with Burlington Students to Discuss Combating Speeding in School Zones

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On Monday, October 24, Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) will visit Burlington City High School to meet with school officials and the Burlington City High School students who started “25 Save Lives” campaign to discuss her legislation to combat speeding in school zones. Official action will be taken on site at Burlington City High School, following a special announcement regarding the legislation.

Sen. Diane Allen will visit Burlington City High School at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 24 to meet with students and discuss her legislation to combat speeding in school zones. (SenateNJ.com)

When: 1 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Where: Burlington City High School, Route 130 North: 100 Blue Devil, Burlington, NJ 08016
Who: Senator Diane Allen, “25 Saves Lives” Student Advocates, Superintendent Patricia T. Doloughty Ed.D, and Principal James Flynn
Availability: Open. Senator Allen will be available for press inquiries following the event.
Event Contact: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; Burlington City High School, (609) 387-5800

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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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