Senate Passes Bateman Legislation to Study Use, Infrastructure Needed for Low, Zero Emission Vehicles
The full Senate today adopted legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to create a task force to study the use of low, or zero emission vehicles in the state.
“Technologies surrounding low emission vehicles are rapidly evolving and we need to make sure the state has the infrastructures and policies in place to support and encourage this important innovation,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “As the most densely populated and one of the most heavily traveled states in the country it is imperative we pursue every opportunity to expand the availability and use of affordable, low and zero emission vehicles.”
A proposal by Senators Jennifer Beck (R- Monmouth) and Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) to extend tax benefits to eligible veterans residing in continuing care retirement communities was advanced today by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
The Senators’ S880 extends the state’s current veterans property tax deduction and disabled veterans property tax exemption to eligible veterans living at continuing care retirement communities. Under current law, honorably discharged veterans who own a home and served in a qualifying combat zone receive a $250 property tax deduction, while those that are deemed “totally and permanently disabled” are exempt from property taxes altogether.
Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties was advanced today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”
“Flooding along much of the Delaware and Raritan rivers has become a regular occurrence when heavy rains hit the region,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We need to bring experts and stakeholders from throughout the area together to take a careful look at what can be done to provide long-term relief. Homeowners and businesses have been dealing with the same flooding problems for far too long.”
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman providing incentives and standards for the use of environmentally friendly roof designs along with legislation prohibiting development related to drilling for oil or natural gas off the state’s coast.
The committee advanced two bipartisan measures related to the use of green or blue roofs, which use vegetation or mechanical devices to control water drainage and improve storm water management. Under S1415, projects eligible for funding from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program that are designed with a green or blue roof would be given extra weight in the application process. Companion legislation, S1416, requires the adoption of building standards for the installation of blue and green roofs.
Bateman, Simon & Ciattarelli Laud Three Bridges School for Being Named a Green Ribbon School Recipient
Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly Republican members Donna Simon and Jack Ciattarelli today commended the Three Bridges Elementary School in Readington Township, Hunterdon County, for being named a Green Ribbon School for its commitment to environmental education and sustainability.
The school is one of 48 schools in the U.S. and only one of two in New Jersey to be named a 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
The lawmakers, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, honored the school with a joint legislative resolution. It states that the Three Bridges School “stands as a beacon of the heights to which education can aspire and is an exceptional example of the success possible through the selfless efforts of concerned and dedicated people.”
Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) appeared on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner to talk about the bipartisan effort to create a stable source of open space funding.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) was recognized Wednesday evening by the New Jersey Environmental Lobby for his contributions to the protection and preservation of New Jersey’s environment.
Senator Bateman and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. were awarded the annual Frank J. Oliver Environmental Award at NJEL’s awards reception at Seton Hall University.
“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition from the tireless advocates at the NJEL,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee. “I have always believed as a legislator that we have a responsibility to make our beautiful state a healthier and safer place to live for future generations.
State legislators Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, said they will immediately introduce a bill that reverses a section of law changed in 2011 that eliminates a municipality’s right to have the final say on whether or not an off-track wagering (OTW) business could operate within its borders.
Though approval is still needed by the New Jersey State Racing Commission, the state’s fifth OTW is proposed for the former Hillsborough Township Maestro 206 restaurant on southbound Route 206 by Veterans Industrial Park. The New Jersey State Racing Commission will be scheduling a public hearing in the township.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman raising awareness of the value of horticultural therapy has been passed by the Senate.
Senator Bateman’s SJR12 designates the third full week in March of each year as “Horticultural Therapy Week” in New Jersey. The measure passed the Senate on March 27 and now must be passed by the full Assembly before going to the Governor for final approval.
During today’s Senate Education Committee meeting, New Jersey school superintendents called for the passage of legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. or Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to extend the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) in high performing school districts to every seven years.
“I would like to thank superintendents for calling attention to this common-sense legislation,” said Kean (R-Union, Somerset, Morris). “The less time educators have to spend on unnecessary bureaucracy, the more that they can devote to improve education for our students. That is what is most important.”