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Senator Kip Bateman

  • Sen. Kip Bateman was joined by Richard Pompelio of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center for the Senate session on Nov. 14, 2016. Pompelio was honored for his decades of work to protect crime victims and joined Bateman to watch the Senate’s passage of new protections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman and the Senate Environment Committee have taken official action to help protect the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from proposed development following a State House hearing. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman at the Annual Fall Conference of Hunterdon Prevention Resources and the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon/Somerset at Raritan Valley Community College on November 12, 2015.

  • Sen. Kip Bateman joined cyclists from Ride 2 Recovery to raise awareness and help thousands of injured veterans around the country on September 29, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman with families who celebrated the Senate’s passage of reform legislation to fix the state’s flawed “Return Home New Jersey” program on July 23, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman at a State House press conference on July 20, 2015 to announce a bipartisan agreement to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Bateman (speaking) joined with legislators from both parties and faith leaders at the New Jersey State House on June 11, 2015 to condemn antisemitism and hate crimes. He co-sponsors a bipartisan resolution addressing the need to to put an end to Jewish hatred and bias crimes. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman presented U.S. Soccer superstar and New Jersey native Tim Howard with a proclamation from Gov. Chris Christie designating May 15th to June 15th as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman took part in a special New Jersey 101.5 broadcast aboard the Battleship New Jersey honoring veterans on May 22, 2015. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman visited Terracycle in Trenton on May 14, 2015 and announced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials out of landfills. (Full Story)

Senator Kip Bateman

Editorial: Medical Examiner Reforms Long Overdue in NJ

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The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman on his bipartisan effort to reform New Jersey’s state medical examiner system, in order to provide compassion and justice for grieving families was published on MyCentralJersey.com and in the Courier News on July 6, 2018:

One of the most heartbreaking tragedies anyone can endure is the sudden loss of a loved one. It is a time of great upheaval and sorrow. Many questions will go unanswered and those who are left behind are often forever changed. The last thing we want surviving family members to worry about is whether or not government officials are doing their job.

Sen. Kip Bateman worked for 8 years on a bipartisan basis to reform NJ’s state medical examiner system, in hopes of providing compassion and justice for surviving loved ones. The landmark reform became law in July 2018. (©iStock)

Families should not have to spend years waiting for answers because of bureaucratic delays, or mistakes made at a State Medical Examiner’s Office. If an autopsy is necessary, it should be performed as soon as possible. If an investigation is required, it should be conducted without delay. These are simple expectations that any ME’s office should be able to meet.

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Bateman on Signing of “Revised State Medical Examiner Act”

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement on the signing of the “Revised State Medical Examiner Act” (S-879) today by Governor Phil Murphy:

Sen. Kip Bateman said the signing of his ‘Revised State Examiner Medical Act’ into law will help grieving families to find closure, while ensuring that criminal deaths are quickly investigated and those responsible held accountable. (©iStock)

“I’ve worked with Senator Vitale for the past eight years on a bipartisan effort to reform our state’s system of medical examiners to ensure that families are provided the information and care they deserve when a loved one dies under suspicious circumstances.

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Bateman Bill Helping Seniors Collect Timely Reimbursement from Retirement Communities Passes Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation protecting seniors and their families from being taken advantage of by retirement communities passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation protecting seniors and their families from being taken advantage of by retirement communities passed the New Jersey Senate. (Flickr)

“In their twilight years, older New Jerseyans should be concerned with being comfortable and cared for, not caught up in a financial tug-of-war with their retirement community,” Bateman (R-16) said. “Often entrance fees are hundreds of thousands of dollars, with seniors guaranteed a reimbursement when they leave the facility or pass on. Yet we’ve seen many instances when seniors and their families have to wait years for their money to arrive back. Ensuring our seniors and their estate receive timely refunds within a year of vacancy is only fair and common sense.”

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Bateman Bill Requiring Witnesses to Immediately Notify Child Protection Agency of Child Sexual Abuse Passes Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to immediately report it to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to immediately report it to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency has passed the New Jersey Senate. (Wikipedia)

Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to immediately report it to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

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Bateman Bill Requiring Schools to Have Opioid Antidote Policies Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman requiring schools to develop policies for the emergency administration of an opioid antidote to treat overdoses has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring schools to develop policies for the emergency administration of an opioid antidote to treat overdoses passed the Senate. (Adapt Pharma)

“Teenagers are highly susceptible to the devastating impact of opioid abuse in New Jersey,” Bateman (R-16) 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.”

Bateman’s bipartisan bill, S-1830, permits school nurses to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member who overdoses at school. It also requires high schools, and permits any other schools, to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride.

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Bateman Bill Protecting NJ Water from Harmful Chemicals Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) that would protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated stormwater by permitting municipalities to establish and operate stormwater utilities has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Senator “Kip” Bateman’s bill would protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated stormwater by permitting municipalities to establish and operate stormwater utilities. (PikaBay)

“When it rains, the many pollutants on our streets, lawns, and sidewalks can run-off and seep into our drinking water,” said Bateman. “We need the appropriate stormwater infrastructure and management to protect families from harmful pesticides, fertilizers, and gasoline entering into our waterways.”

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Bateman’s Legislation Dedicating Bog Turtle as New Jersey’s State Reptile Now Law

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NJ Students Inspire Effort to Protect Endangered Bog Turtle With State Reptile Designation

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile was signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am so proud of the successful effort of students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, to name the bog turtle as New Jersey’s official reptile,” Bateman (R-16) said. “I applaud their political advocacy. Fostering civic engagement at a young age builds academic and social success. Together we will save New Jersey’s bog turtles from extinction.”

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Bateman Legislation Incentivizing Farmers to Develop Natural Pollination Habitats Passes Committee

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation providing New Jersey farmers who develop pollination habitats with tax credits has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation providing New Jersey farmers who develop pollination habitats with tax credits has passed the Senate Environment Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“From the gardens we grow to the produce we purchase at a local farmer’s market, many of our fruits, vegetables, and flowers rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies,” Bateman (R-16) said. “Ensuring these pollinators have a place to live is vital to the sustainability of New Jersey’s agricultural economy. Aiding our New Jersey farmers who foster pollinators with business building tax credits will help the Garden State flourish.”

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Bateman Bill to Minimize State Capitol’s ‘Carbon Footprint’ Advances

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Would Reduce Cost of State House’s Large Utility Bill to Taxpayers

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman that would require the State Capitol Joint Management Commission to prepare, adopt, and implement an environmental sustainability plan for the State House Capitol Complex.

Senator Bateman’s bill would implement an environmental sustainability plan for the State House. (SenateNJ.com)

“When Thomas Edison installed the first light bulbs in our State House, the light represented a new technological advance,” Bateman said. “Now, more than a century later, we’re still using technologies and systems from that era in the State House when newer, cleaner, and more affordable alternatives exist. It’s time that we take steps to minimize our ‘carbon footprint’ and create an eco-friendly State House Capitol Complex.”

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Bateman Bill Requiring Witnesses to Notify Authorities of Child Sexual Abuse Passes Committee

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials has passed the Senate Education Committee. (Flickr)

“It is nauseating when adults know that child abuse is occurring, yet they fail in their moral duty to take the appropriate steps to end it,” Bateman (R-16) stated. “This legislation requires witnesses to notify law enforcement authorities of these obscene violations immediately. This is crucial to keep our children safe in school.”

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