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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Warns of Potential Federal Tax Reform Impact on New Jersey

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) warned that the elimination of federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes as proposed under a recently announced tax reform effort in Washington could have dire consequences for many New Jerseyans.

Sen. Kip Bateman warned that the proposed elimination of federal income tax deductions for state and local taxes could have dire consequences for many New Jerseyans. (SenateNJ.com)

“I’m gravely concerned that tax reform efforts that are intended to ease the federal tax burden will instead have the opposite effect for many New Jerseyans,” said Bateman. “Losing the ability to deduct property taxes and state income taxes could lead to higher federal tax bills for many working, home-owning families in New Jersey.”

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Bateman: Permanently Ban Fracking in Delaware River Basin

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) is urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to approve a permanent ban on fracking in the basin, following reports that the commission could vote on the matter this week.

Sen. Kip Bateman is urging the Delaware River Basin Commission to permanently ban fracking in the basin. (SenateNJ.com)

“If we allow fracking in the Delaware River Basin, 17 million people could be exposed to contaminated water. There is too much uncertainty at the federal level right now to allow the temporary ban to expire without putting our own permanent protections in place immediately,” Senator Bateman said.

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Allen, Bateman Bills to Reduce Food Waste Now Law

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Two bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) aimed at reducing waste are now law after they were signed by Governor Chris Christie.

New laws sponsored Sen. Diane Allen and Sen. Kip Bateman help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions is a crucial part of getting more food to people who need it,” Senator Allen said. “Every day, so much food is just tossed out. That can’t be acceptable in a state where so many still struggle with food insecurity.”

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Governor Approves Shutdown Pay for State Workers

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Sweeney-Greenstein-Bateman Bill to Protect Public Employees from Losing Wages Signed By Governor

Gov. Christie has signed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to provide back pay to workers who were involuntarily furloughed during the three-day state government shutdown. (SenateNJ)

The Governor today enacted bipartisan legislation to protect state employees from losing pay during the government shutdown. The law, S-3422/A-18, sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Linda Greenstein and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, will ensure worker pay for the three days the state government was closed at the beginning of the new fiscal year starting July 1.

“Sending our legislation to the Governor’s desk was the only way to secure back pay for the thousands of public employees who were forced to stay home during the shutdown. I think that we can all agree that this was not their fault,” said Senator Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “There is no justification for continuing to force hardworking New Jersey residents to pay the price for the government’s failure to pass the state budget in time.”

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Bateman Announces $25 Million for Clean Water Initiatives in the 16th District

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Following the signing of legislation to fund improvements through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) announced $25 million in funding for clean water projects in the 16th Legislative District.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced $25 million in funding to for clean water projects in the 16th District. (Wikimedia Commons)

“We have to ensure that the people of New Jersey have access to clean water,” Senator Bateman said. “In order to do that, our infrastructure has to be upgraded and modernized throughout the state.”

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Now Law: Bateman Bill Creating Pet Trafficking Crime

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) establishing pet trafficking as a third-degree crime.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill establishes pet trafficking as a third-degree crime. (©iStock)

“No one should be able to sell an innocent animal to a medical research facility or a puppy mill and walk away with a slap on the wrist,” Senator Bateman said. “I am pleased to see that the law finally recognizes that our pets are family, not pieces of stolen property. The penalties we have created for pet trafficking will ensure that anyone who is cruel enough to steal and deal a pet gets the punishment they deserve.”

S-332/A-1761, establishes criminal penalties for an increasingly pervasive practice known as “dog flipping,” where pets are stolen and sold for a variety of reasons, including breeding, medical research, and dog fighting.

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Now Law: Bateman’s ‘Water Quality Accountability Act’

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Act Ensures Public Water Systems Protect Consumers from Unsafe Drinking Water and Cyber-Attacks on Utilities

Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to improve the safety of New Jersey’s drinking water by holding public water systems accountable for making infrastructure improvements and inspections.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s “Water Quality Accountability Act” will protect people from unsafe drinking water by requiring all public water systems to establish a cyber-security program and a plan for making infrastructure improvements and inspections. (Pixabay)

“New Jersey residents are becoming more and more concerned about lead, bacteria and cancer-causing contaminants leeching into our drinking water, and given recent reports, they have every reason to feel this way.” Senator Bateman said. “This legislation demands that public water systems make the improvements necessary to keep our families safe.”

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Gov. Signs Bateman’s NJ Library Construction Bond Act

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Governor Christie has signed Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act,” ensuring it will appear on the ballot in the upcoming November general election.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s NJ Library Construction Bond Act gives voters the ability to approve funds for the repair, construction or expansion of local libraries. (Abhi Sharma/Flickr)

“Public libraries drive the economy by providing career training and access to technology for people who wouldn’t have it otherwise,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “They are invaluable community centers that everyone should have access to, but 78 percent need repairs and less than half are ADA accessible.”

“Putting this on the ballot allows the public to decide on how their taxpayer dollars are being spent, which is exactly the way it should be done. I have no doubt that people will rise up to support their local library in November. It’s the right thing to do,” Bateman continued.

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Bateman: Judge Made the Wrong Call. South Brunswick Deserved an Affordable Housing Retrial

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Following a Mercer County judge’s decision to deny South Brunswick’s demand for an affordable housing retrial, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman called for action to prevent future violations of the public’s trust in the judiciary.

Sen. Kip Bateman is calling for action to stop unethical judges and burdensome affordable housing mandates that put taxpayers and communities like South Brunswick at risk. (Pixabay)

“I am very disappointed in today’s ruling,” Senator Bateman said. “This should have been an easy call. Judge Wolfson ruled to mandate a drastic increase in affordable housing and then went on to work for a real estate developer shortly after. That seems like a pretty clear conflict of interest to me.”

“Judges should not be able to benefit financially from their own rulings. Even the appearance of impropriety has a devastating impact on the public’s trust in the bench. I hope that the New Jersey Supreme Court will take a hard look at what happened in South Brunswick and consider how we can hold judges to a higher ethical standard.”

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Bateman Bill to Hold Drivers Accountable After License Suspension Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill to hold drivers accountable for proving they can act responsibly following a license suspension.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill hold drivers accountable after a license suspension, by amending current law so that they can still be charged with the crime of driving with a suspended license after the suspension, if they have not take the steps to restore their driving privileges. (Flickr)

“Right now, suspending someone’s license is the equivalent to putting a child in ‘time-out.’ All they have to do to get their privileges back is sit around and wait for it to be over,” Senator Bateman, a municipal prosecutor and longtime member of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee, said. “This bill will reduce the number of repeat offenders, by holding drivers legally accountable for taking the steps necessary to reinstate a suspended license.”

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