As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments to overturn a July court decision not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman is calling for the legislature to advance his bill clarifying that forcing municipalities to meet “gap period” requirements violates established law.
“The time for litigation is over. Placing affordable housing decisions in the hands of the courts or agencies such as COAH has led to nothing but chaos, confusion and delays. The court agrees these decisions should be decided by the legislature. It is disappointing to see so-called ‘advocates’ continue to engage in frivolous lawsuits that only serve to block municipalities from understanding and fulfilling their housing obligations.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) to extend funding for projects paid for by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust through 2017 was passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“This legislation streamlines the process of approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” Senator Bateman said. “In 2016, we’ve already taken advantage of it to finance more than $400 million in projects that will help us keep New Jersey’s water free off pollution and other contaminants.”
The Senate approved a four-bill package sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Senator Steven Oroho, Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Senator Brian Stack, Senator Shirley K. Turner to strengthen crime victims’ rights laws in New Jersey. The passage of the legislation took place as the Senate marked the 25th Anniversary of enactment of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment to the state Constitution, which cemented the right of crime victims to be treated fairly and their ability to be present at certain court proceedings.
“We can do much more to support survivors as they work to rebuild, recover and seek out the justice they deserve. This legislation will end discriminatory practices that have long prevented crime victims from securing housing and stable employment, and provide opportunities for survivors of any age to confront their abusers without fear,” said Bateman. “We must remain vigilant in our efforts to uphold and expand the strong laws we have in place to protect victims of violent crime. I am proud to have worked on a bipartisan basis with my colleague Senator Weinberg to advance these compassionate, commonsense measures and I hope to see all three bills signed into law as swiftly as possible.”
Jewelers who violate New Jersey’s secondhand jewelry and precious metals record keeping laws would face much stricter penalties under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and approved by the New Jersey Senate.
“Under my legislation, jewelers who pawn off illegally obtained valuables on innocent consumers could no longer claim ignorance as a defense for buying and selling stolen goods,” Senator Bateman said. “Sellers who try and hide the fact that they received stolen property and are putting it up for sale must be held accountable for breaking the law.”
Bill provides free ambulance service for those injured while rendering good faith emergency care
Legislation pioneered by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to ensure people who are injured while rendering emergency care do not have to pay for an ambulance has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee. Senator Bateman first authored the bill in 2013 to encourage Good Samaritan acts statewide.
“When a catastrophe strikes, minutes can mean the difference between a life saved and life lost,” Senator Bateman said. “We saw this come to fruition during the recent train crash in Hoboken, where many commuters rushed to aid critically injured passengers in the crucial moments before first responders arrived on the scene. Anyone who demonstrates that kind of selfless courage should not have to pay for an ambulance if they are injured while rendering emergency care.”
Following the signing of legislation to fund improvements through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) announced a $5.2 million project to make repairs and ensure the residents of Somerset County have clean water.
“Through our legislation, we were able to streamline the process of getting this kind of important environmental project approved and financed,” Senator Bateman said. “These improvements will help keep the water in Somerset County Safe, and this project is just one of many set to begin across the state.”
Doherty, Bateman & Beck Blast Democrats’ Plans to Fund Pork Rail Projects with New Gas Taxes from TTF
Say Democrats Are Pulling Bait & Switch on Drivers Who Were Promised Safe Roads and Bridges from 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Increase
After raising the gas tax by 23 cents per gallon, Senate Democrats announced their support for spending $1 billion of gas tax revenues to pay for an expensive light rail project.
“The ink hasn’t even dried on the gas tax increase, yet Democrats are already scheming ways to divert billions paid by drivers to build the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Extension and other similar projects in their districts,” said Doherty. “We warned that this is exactly what they would do, and now they’ve proven us correct. It won’t be long before they’re back asking for another gas tax increase.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) have officially introduced legislation to repeal the gas tax increase that will take effect on November 1.
The repeal legislation, S-2717, was introduced during the New Jersey Senate session on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
“Legislators who supported the gas tax increase see the momentum building behind our repeal effort, and they’re worried,” said Bateman. “They’re feeling the pressure and grumbling behind the scenes for us to stop. That’s a sign that our online petition effort is working and that our efforts on behalf of taxpayers to repeal the gas tax increase are not in vain.”
Nearly 15,000 people have signed the online petition to repeal the gas tax increase since it was launched just over a week ago.
The State would be required to institute tougher training and educational standards for securing a school nurse certification under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and passed by the New Jersey Senate.
“The needs of our children are certainly not one-size-fits-all,” Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Mercer) said. “The new hands-on training requirements mandated under this legislation will ensure school nurses are prepared to provide the highest level of care for children with unique and complex needs.”
Legislation Would Roll Back Recently Enacted 23 Cent/Gallon Gas Tax Hike
Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) will introduce legislation to repeal the 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase that was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
Bateman, who opposed and voted against the gas tax increase, also announced the launch of a new online petition to give drivers and commuters impacted by the gas tax the opportunity to have their voices heard.
“While the Governor and the Democrat-led Legislature didn’t listen to the tens of thousands of New Jerseyans who spoke out against raising the gas tax, I listened and understand their concerns,” said Bateman. “The overtaxed people of New Jersey have demanded that we find another way to fund our transportation needs without taking more out of their pockets. This repeal effort is recognition that there are fiscally responsible alternatives to the gas tax.”