Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer) and Steven Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) announced today they have reintroduced legislation reforming the state’s affordable housing laws as result of the Council on Affordable Housing’s failure to adopt new rules.
The legislation is identical to a bipartisan COAH reform bill that the Senate passed with strong support in 2011 but was then severely amended by the Assembly and conditionally vetoed back to its original intent by Governor Christie. The legislation, S-2629, would eliminate the Council on Affordable Housing and create a common-sense affordable housing program giving municipalities far more control over how much housing they will build in the locations best suited for development.
16th District legislators Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon voiced their strong opposition to the proposed PennEast natural gas pipeline project that would extend from Luzerne County, Pa. through Hunterdon and Mercer counties in New Jersey. In a letter (attached) to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the legislators stated, “To the very best of our knowledge, no pipeline has ever been developed in a more bucolic, previously preserved, and historically significant and designated area.”
“Running a pipeline through numerous parcels of preserved land in some of the most beautiful places in the state poses far too many environmental risks,” said Bateman. “There’s certainly a need to plan for the future to make sure the state can meet its energy demands, but constructing a pipeline in a way that would lower property values, impact quality of life for residents and damage the state’s dwindling open spaces is not the way to go. We must be vigilant in ensuring that human health and safety and environmental impacts are unequivocally first and foremost in considering any pipeline proposal.”
The Senate voted 38-0 to adopt legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman prohibiting personal care products that contain tiny particles known as microbeads from being sold or produced in New Jersey.
Microbeads are small plastic particles that are added to products like face washes and cosmetic products as an exfoliate.
“Microbeads pose a significant environmental concern as they can’t be trapped by most water filtration systems and as a result end up in rivers and lakes,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer. “The best way to keep these synthetic pieces of plastic from ending up in the drinking supplies that millions of New Jerseyans depend on is to keep the products they are used in off the shelves. This legislation puts New Jersey at the forefront of a national effort to address this important problem.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) was honored with an Oak Leaf Award by The Nature Conservancy in New Jersey for his years of work to protect the environment, preserve open space and farmland, and other important environmental initiatives.
“Preserving open space and working for clean water, air and land are initiatives that benefit everyone,” said Bateman. “Organizations like The Nature Conservancy do so much directly and in support of these important environmental efforts, making their recognition a true honor.”
The Senate unanimously adopted legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to designate October 9 of each year as “Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcus (PANDAS)/Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome Awareness Day (PANS).”
PANDAS and PANS most commonly refer to a condition in children characterized by the abrupt, dramatic onset of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). SJR58 was passed unanimously.
Today, 16th District legislators Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon called on New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to support newly proposed federal regulations for rail tank cars carrying crude oil. It is estimated that seven million gallons of crude oil is shipped daily by rail from North Dakota through New Jersey.
“These trains transporting oil through communities across the 16th District and New Jersey are essentially pipelines on wheels,” said Bateman. “Great concern should be taken in making sure these transports operate with the highest of standards. As experts learn from past mistakes and mechanical and technological advancements are made it’s important that regulations be changed accordingly.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, sponsor of a constitutional amendment to establish a long-term funding source for open space preservation, issued the following statement after the measure, SCR84/ACR130, was passed by the full Assembly today.
“This marks an important day for the future of New Jersey as voters now have the opportunity to make sure there is a stable funding source to protect lands that guard against flooding and water contamination and preserve open spaces important to the natural beauty of their communities,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “New Jersey has a long history of preservation and by dedicating just a small percentage of corporate business taxes we can guarantee those efforts will continue long into the future without adding any burden on taxpayers. With a sustainable funding source for Blue Acres programs the state will be better equipped to protect homeowners and businesses in areas prone to flooding like Manville. It took a lot of effort to get to this point but the overwhelming support in the Senate and Assembly show this was a solution well worth fighting for. I thank all of those who contributed to the discussion and helped push this measure forward.”
The Senate today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect homeowners elevating their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The bill, S942, establishes new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors.
“Many homeowners have already begun the process of elevating their homes to safeguard against future storms and many more will do so in the coming months and years,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex). “This type of work has never been done here at this scale before and we have to take steps to make sure there’s proper oversight and that the work is done safety and correctly.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman providing incentives and standards for the use of environmentally friendly roof designs will head to the Governor’s desk for approval after passing the full Senate today.
“With proper planning and installation environmentally friendly roof designs can greatly improve storm water management and help control local flooding,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “It’s important the state take advantage of and encourage this type of smart planning and building to lessen environmental impacts as much as possible.”
The Senate today voted to pass legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”