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. Elevating a home is a serious undertaking that requires experience and proper equipment.”
Bateman, Ciattarelli & Simon: BPU Recommendation for Lower JCP&L Rates Is Great News for Beleaguered Rate-Payers
JCP&L Asked for a $31M Increase; BPU Calls for a $200M Cut
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon today commended the Board of Public Utilities’ strong recommendation for a substantial reduction in the Jersey Central Power & Lights’ electricity rates.
BPU is calling for more than a $200 million cut in the rates charged to the power company’s customers, mirroring a similar opinion issued by the Division of Rate Counsel, New Jersey’s ratepayer advocate.
“I want to applaud BPU and Rate Counsel for their due diligence in uncovering the facts and representing the best interest of the ratepayer who deserve a reprieve from high electric rates,” said Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to provide long term funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation was advanced by the full Senate today.
The legislation, SCR165, establishes a long term funding solution by dedicating a portion of the state’s sales tax annually for the next three decades for preservation purposes. The measure, which would need voter approval on next November’s ballot, dedicates $200 million annually, or 2.4 percent of the sales tax, whichever is less.
“This constitutional amendment establishes a responsible and sustainable means of providing long term funding for preserving open space and flood-prone properties,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “I’m confident that after much valuable discussion and input from many stakeholders this an approach that will assure preservation efforts are sustained without overburdening state resources.”
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, S2976, establishes new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors.
“Families all along the shore are undergoing the process of having their homes elevated to protect against future storms. This is complicated, dangerous work and we need to make sure it is done safely and correctly,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex).
The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman about the need to identify sex offenders on social networking websites was published in the Star-Ledger on December 6. The editorial can be viewed at this link and is pasted below in its entirety.
By Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex):
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, welcomed the Christie administration’s announcement that schools in Legislative District 16 will be receiving nearly $8.7 million in grants for school construction projects.
On Wednesday, the administration announced the approval of $507.7 million in total state grants to help fund the cost of 1,538 school construction projects in 331 school districts throughout the state.
“This funding will go a long way in giving local districts the means needed to provide safe, modern facilities for all students,” said Bateman. “A student’s classroom environment weighs heavily on their ability to succeed. By giving teachers and administrators the facilities and tools they need our children will be better able to achieve their fullest potential.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement regarding Governor Chris Christie’s nomination of Kevin O’Dowd to serve as New Jersey’s next Attorney General:
“Kevin O’Dowd has an exemplary record of federal and state public service in both the United States Attorney’s Office and in the Governor’s Office. I have no doubt that he is the right person to serve as the next Attorney General of New Jersey.
“Personally, I have always found Kevin to be extremely knowledgeable, capable, and fair, a critique that I have heard repeated by legislators on both sides of the aisle.
Bateman Bill Affording Police at Private Colleges Immunity From Certain Civil Liabilities Passed by Senate
The Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman affording private colleges and their police officers immunity from civil liabilities for damages directly related to the lawful exercise of the officers’ authorized police powers.
The measure, S2344, would protect the officers from liability from incidents involving the general public if they happen to be on the campus. Current law only offers protection for incidents involving students and faculty and any other “beneficiary” covered under the Charitable Immunity Act.
“Officers at private colleges have a myriad of responsibilities like responding to emergencies, enforcing laws and protecting visitors and students,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex). “So long as they are obeying the law and not abusing their powers, officers performing these types of vital public safety functions on campus shouldn’t be held liable for lawsuits and damages that occur as result of their actions.
A bipartisan resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to ease the financial hardship of homeowners who had to withdraw from their retirement plans to pay for damage caused by Superstorm Sandy was adopted by the full Senate today.
Senator Bateman’s resolution, SR125, urges Congress to not penalize residents who were forced to use their 401K funds to pay for damage the storm caused to their homes or property. Under current law, the amount of any 401K hardship distribution is considered taxable income, subjected to an additional 10 percent tax as an early withdrawal and the individual is prohibited from making further salary contributions to the plan for six months.
Two bipartisan measures sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to assist and protect homeowners and residents working to rebound from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy were advanced today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
Senator Bateman’s bipartisan S2976 would safeguard homeowners elevating their homes in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy by establishing new consumer protection standards for home elevation contractors. The bill would require home elevation contractors to register with the state Division of Community Affairs, to have at least two years of field experience under the guidance of another experienced home elevation contractor, to have proper jacking equipment capable of safely lifting the home and to have sufficient insurance to cover the homeowner.