The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee passed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
“Thanks to this act, we’ve had a chance to preserve countless structures, districts and other properties with historical significance so future generations can enjoy and learn from them,” Senator Bateman said. “The 50th anniversary of the act gives us a chance to celebrate its success, as well as refocus our efforts to continue our fight to protect more of our historically important places.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman requiring school nurses to meet additional training, clinical experience and education requirements has cleared the Senate Education Committee.
“A school nurse’s responsibilities extend far beyond placing a Band-Aid on a scraped knee,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “For a child living below the poverty line, a school nurse may be the only health professional they see. They are truly on the front lines of protecting a child’s health and welfare. Increasing training and clinical experience requirements will ensure all school nurses are fully equipped to identify the early signs of serious health problems and provide the highest level of care for kids with diverse and complex needs.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) is joining with U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th District) and the other members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to urge the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take steps to reduce the outrageously long wait times at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
“Newark Airport is a crucial hub for transportation not just for New Jersey but for our entire region. Long waits and delays are far too common at the airport and are completely unacceptable.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli have, along with a number of Democrats, introduced a bill clarifying municipalities cannot be forced to meet retroactive affordable housing requirements, specifically because the Fair Housing Act does not impose such requirements.
The bipartisan bill was drafted in the wake of a court ruling that could set a dangerous precedent requiring towns statewide to include tens of thousands of more affordable housing units than they are obligated to provide under the Fair Housing Act.
“Municipalities need a clear set of guidelines for providing affordable housing,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Instead, one court has handed down a misguided mandate that clearly violates established law. Far too many New Jerseyans are still struggling to find adequate housing. Municipalities are scrambling to understand and meet their housing obligations. It’s time to stop playing games in the courts and focus on enacting real, comprehensive affordable housing reform.”
The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to mandate ethics training for all elected officials. Government officials who fail to complete the training would face a $5,000 fine.
“Unfortunately, you don’t have to dig deep to find examples of political corruption in New Jersey,” Senator Bucco said. “Widely publicized investigations into kickback schemes and recent exploitation of state funds have exposed a critical need for the ethics training mandated under my bill,” Senator Bucco said. “New Jerseyans are already coping with a nation-high tax burden. We cannot allow elected leaders to squander a single public dollar for political gain.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to permit counties to conduct a study replacing traditional paper polling records with electronic poll books during the 2017 election cycle has cleared the Senate State Government Committee.
“This commonsense move to modernize New Jersey’s voting system will give voters a faster, more efficient way to do their civic duty,” Senator Bateman said. “Most importantly, electronic poll books limit voter fraud by signaling an electronic notification of a registered voter’s mail-in ballot and Election Day voting record. With a number of high-profile elections fast approaching, it is critical that we do everything we can to prevent this crime.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman today announced his plans to introduce a budget resolution to add Governor Christie’s proposed $10 million to the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination.
“I applaud Governor Christie for joining our bipartisan effort to safeguard all New Jersey children from the devastating effects of lead poisoning,” Senator Bateman said. “Adding funds to the FY17 budget to support testing school drinking water for lead exposure is a no-brainer. As elected officials we have a responsibility to develop a swift and responsible solution to solve this critical public health and safety crisis. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to achieve this goal.”
In honor of Earth Day, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) introduced a bill that will reduce carbon emissions while making New Jersey a more attractive place to work and do business.
“In many professions, people today are able to do the same work from home that traditionally would have tied them to an office,” Senator Bateman said. “This combination pro-environment, pro-business legislation will give companies an incentive to allow more of their employees to skip their daily commutes and give the environment a break by telecommuting.”
Senator Kip Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to Governor Christie’s withdrawal of David Bauman’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court and the new nomination of Walter Timpone:
“Judge Bauman deserves a lot of credit for twice accepting a nomination in such a challenging political environment. Although I wish we had the opportunity to give him the confirmation hearing he deserved, I am glad that he now has closure on what has been a long process.
“I look forward to reviewing the nomination of Walter Timpone in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and hope that his nomination represents an end to the judicial logjam that threatened our state courts.”
Senator Kip Bateman says that that all judicial nominees, including U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland and N.J. Supreme Court nominee Judge David Bauman, deserve confirmation hearings in this editorial published in the Asbury Park Press:
Our state and our nation have arrived at a very dangerous place, where partisanship trumps all, including common sense and decency.
This incivility between the political parties now threatens the independence of our judiciary, and puts the very functioning of our courts at risk.
At both the state and federal levels, we have chief executives who have nominated justices to our supreme courts, and recalcitrant leaders in our senates who have refused to allow those legislative bodies to perform their constitutional duties of advice and consent.