Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Diane Allen to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics has passed the New Jersey Senate.
“Extending varsity letters to kids who compete on stage or in a classroom doesn’t diminish the value of the letter – it enhances it,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Our schools are home to some of the best performing arts programs in the country. I think anyone who has witnessed a standing ovation at a school musical would agree that the kids who participate in these programs deserve varsity letters, too.”
An effort by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to have the New Jersey Senate vote on comprehensive affordable housing reform legislation was blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.
Bateman’s action follows a recent ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court on affordable housing which ensures continued confusion and expensive litigation for municipalities.
“Towns across the state were begging for legislative relief to clarify the state’s incoherent affordable housing policy before the recent Supreme Court ruling, and those pleas have only increased since the decision was released,” said Bateman. “I am saddened that the Senate Democratic majority refuses to consider the passage of reform legislation that would prevent unnecessary litigation for towns and protect residents from higher property tax bills.”
Municipal master plans would now be required to include strategies concerning energy efficiency, storm resiliency and environmental protection under a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The strategy required under the bill would be located within the land use section of the master plan.
“Every municipality should be actively working to improve energy efficiency and shore up our environmental infrastructure,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “As the most densely populated state in the nation, we have to be aggressive in our efforts to protect the environment. Requiring every master plan to address sustainability issues will ensure each community is doing their part to safeguard natural resources for the next generation.”
The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) on the impact that a New Jersey Suprement Court ruling on affordable housing will have on taxpayers and open space was published in the Star-Ledger on January 27, 2017:
Providing enough affordable housing for people in need is one of the most important issues we face in this state. The constant string of misguided court decisions has done nothing but create confusion for our towns.
Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling that could be devastating to taxpayers.
The New Jersey Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman calling on the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan.
“Failing to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan puts the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents at risk,” Senator Bateman said. “We cannot use a plan that is more than 20 years old to solve the current drought crisis, let alone develop a coordinated strategy to avoid future water shortages. It is critical that the legislature take action to urge the NJ DEP to release this report, before we have a true emergency on our hands.”
Following the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling on affordable housing, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) again called for the legislature to take the lead in passing comprehensive affordable housing reform.
“This decision only provides our towns with even more confusion about how this process should work,” Senator Bateman said. “This is only going to cost them more time and money to determine exactly what their additional requirements are. We won’t break this cycle until the legislature acts to bring on comprehensive affordable housing reform.”
The Senate Education Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Diane Allen to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics.
“A varsity letter has become a universal symbol for school pride and student achievement,” Senator Bateman said. “Students who win science, debate or music competitions demonstrate just as much school spirit as those who score a game-winning goal. We need to show these kids that their victories are just as worthy of our praise and admiration.”
School nurses would be permitted to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member who overdoses under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and today advanced by the Senate Education Committee.
S-2635 would also require high schools, and permit any other schools, to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride. The bill provides immunity from liability for a school nurse or trained employee who acts in good faith to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member.
“School nurses are battling the opioid epidemic right alongside our police and first responders, the only difference is they don’t have access to the only drug that can stop an overdose within seconds,” Senator Bateman said. “We can save lives by having Narcan on school grounds, or we can lose them waiting for an ambulance to arrive. It is time to arm the people we entrust to care for our children with the same lifesaving tool used by first responders in every county in this state.”
Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to significantly improve e-waste recycling efforts in municipalities and at statewide entities across New Jersey.
“Providing free and convenient opportunities for e-waste recycling curbs a pervasive threat to the environment, public health and safety,” Senator Bateman said. “It will also generate significant cost-savings at the local level. We have worked for years to revise the Electronic Waste Management Act and I am relieved that we finally have a strategy in place to reduce the tens of millions of electronics that are discarded each year.”
Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) and Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) voiced their disapproval of the Federal Highway Administration’s guidance against the painting of a “Thin Blue Line” between the double-yellow center line on roadways.
“Towns paint these lines in order to honor the hardworking members of law enforcement in their own way on locally controlled roads,” Senator Bateman said. “The response from the Federal Highway Administration is an overreaction to a very important local matter. If we can’t support something as simple as the ‘thin blue line,’ what kind of message does that show to our police officers?”