Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) talked about open space preservation and transportation funding on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner.
The Senate Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Joe Kyrillos establishing a school district regionalization task force that will study and make recommendations regarding the issues and benefits of consolidating school districts.
“We have to begin working in earnest to create a more efficient and sustainable school system and regionalization and consolidation of services needs to be a part of that discussion,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “Regionalizing school districts is a complex issue that requires a lot of thought and planning but in the right scenarios it is one that carries great potential to enhance educational opportunities, streamline services and address a leading contributor to New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes.”
Bateman Bill to Upgrade Penalties for ‘Swatting,’ Protect Communities from Dangerous Hoaxes Signed Into Law
Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) cracking down on an alarming trend that has put thousands of New Jerseyans at risk of serious harm. Sen. Bateman’s bill (S-3011, A4375) was introduced in response to a wave of swatting incidents where police were forced to respond to elaborate hoaxes instead of protecting residents from legitimate threats. The law establishes swatting as a second degree offense, increasing prison time and fines for committing this dangerous crime.
“We will not stand by as swatters waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars, risking the lives of innocent victims across the state,” Senator Bateman said.
“Children and teachers in Princeton have fallen victim to swatting nearly a dozen times this year, as police and K-9 units combed the halls. Robert Wood Johnson Hospital was forced to close their emergency room due to a false bomb threat that put patients at risk. These are just a handful of examples of the catastrophic consequences of swatting. Signing this bill into law sends a strong message that we will not tolerate these acts of terror. I thank the Governor and my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly for supporting this lifesaving effort to end swatting in New Jersey.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to create a fellowship program to support entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee.
“By attracting and supporting entrepreneurs in New Jersey we can create new opportunities and build on the state’s proud history of innovation,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Mercer). “Furthering innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in New Jersey will help usher in the next generation of job creators and global businesses leaders.”
Under the legislation, S-2723, the New Jersey STEM Entrepreneur Fellowship Program would be created by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in consultation with the state Economic Development Authority and the Secretary of Higher Education. Funded through existing workforce development funds, the program would be used to support at least 20 fellowships which focus on supporting entrepreneurs in the STEM fields.
Senate Passes Bateman Bill Giving Eco-Friendly Energy Star Homeowners Incentives for Installing Solar Panels
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s (R-Somerset) bill to provide Energy Star-certified homeowners with financial incentives to install solar panels passed the Senate. S-1413 requires the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to give preference to these homeowners when awarding financial incentives for installing solar panels. New Jersey is one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy producers in the country, producing enough solar energy to power more than 240,000 homes.
“As a national leader in solar energy, we are working diligently to develop innovative strategies to encourage more New Jersey residents to embrace this technology,” Senator Bateman said. “This legislation targets a core, environmentally-friendly audience that is ready and willing to go above and beyond, by investing in energy-efficient technology throughout their entire home.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman joined nearly 200 cyclists from Ride 2 Recovery Tuesday morning, as the group embarked on a 51-mile trek from Princeton to Philadelphia. This was the last leg of Ride 2 Recovery’s 460-mile ride across New Jersey to raise awareness and help thousands of injured veterans around the country.
Trading in a suit and tie for athletic gear and a bright red bicycle, Senator Bateman addressed the crowd before cycling alongside the veterans for the first several miles of today’s trek to Philadelphia.
“I proudly support Ride 2 Recovery, an incredible organization dedicated to helping our nation’s brave veterans recover from injury and trauma through cycling,” Senator Bateman said. “Today we pedaled together to honor these heroes and show our support for the volunteers that work tirelessly to empower and inspire injured veterans on the road to recovery.”
Bateman Bill Providing Energy Star Compliant Homes With Financial Incentives for Installing Solar Panels Advances
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman requiring the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to give preference to Energy Star compliant homes when awarding financial incentives for installing solar panels (S-1413) has cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
“By first awarding financial incentives to Energy Star compliant homes, we are encouraging New Jerseyans interested in purchasing solar panels to go above and beyond by investing in energy-efficient technology throughout their entire home,” Senator Bateman said. “These incentives help justify the cost of installing solar panels while advancing our state’s efforts to invest in renewable energy sources, securing a cleaner, greener future for generations of New Jersey residents to come.”
Bateman, Ciattarelli & Simon Congratulate Hillsborough, Again Named One of Top Small Towns in United States
Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex commended the residents, businesses and elected officials of Hillsborough after Money magazine tabbed the township as one of the best places to live in the country. Hillsborough, ranked No. 30, is the only New Jersey town in Money’s newly released Top 50 list. This is the fourth time in recent years the town has been spotlighted by the publication.
“Being recognized again as one of the Best Small Towns in the country is an incredible achievement for Hillsborough and all those who work so hard to make it a wonderful place,” said Bateman. “From its first-rate schools to its parks to its thriving community life, Hillsborough is an example of the many unique qualities that make this state so great.”
Allen, Bateman Bill Increasing Penalties for Assaults Against Certain Law Enforcement Officers Signed Into Law
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to increase penalties for assaulting a corrections officer, sheriff’s officer and other law enforcement personnel because of their job status was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“These law enforcement officers have some of the most difficult and dangerous jobs that there are,” said Allen (R-Burlington). Unfortunately, the risk carries over into their personal lives when they are most vulnerable. These upgraded penalties now adequately reflect the seriousness of this type of crime and will hopefully help deter these types of violent attacks.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to modify the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy was approved by the Senate.
Under the legislation (S3117), agreed upon by the Christie Administration, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities will be prohibited from transferring an individual with a developmental disability currently residing out-of-state to a placement in New Jersey if the individual or their guardian objects in writing. The legislation is also sponsored by Senator Bob Gordon and Senate President Steve Sweeney.
“Throughout this process I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from many families concerned about the disruption and change in the level of care that will occur if their loved ones who had spent the majority of their life at one facility were suddenly uprooted and moved back to New Jersey,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This legislation recognizes those concerns by giving families and guardians the option to determine what’s best for the treatment of their loved one.”