The New Jersey Senate advanced a bill by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) upping standards for school nurse certification. New requirements include clinical experience in a school nurse office and completion of a college-supervised school nurse practicum.
“School nurses are charged with protecting the health and welfare of every kid that walks through a classroom door,” Senator Bateman said. “The needs of our children are certainly not “one-size-fits-all.” Ensuring candidates for certification complete hands-on training in a school nurse’s office will ensure all are fully equipped to identify the early signs of serious health problems and provide the highest level of care for kids with complex needs.”
With great sorrow, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced the passing of his father, Raymond H. Bateman, this morning.
Raymond Bateman was born in Somerville on October 29, 1927. He served for two decades in the New Jersey Legislature, including stints as Assistant Majority Leader and Majority Leader in the General Assembly, and as Assistant Majority Leader, Majority Leader and President of the Senate.
“My father embodied everything that a public servant should be,” said Sen. Bateman. “He was always interested in helping others, and he instilled in me the belief that public service matters. He set an extremely high standard for all of us who follow.”
“He also was dedicated to his family, and we always came first. His loss will be immense, but we couldn’t be prouder of the life he lived and happier about the time we had with him. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to help small business owners secure financing to ensure their property is energy-efficient and prepared for severe weather events was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
“By allowing municipalities to engage in the private financing outlined in the PACE special assessment, we can empower more small business owners to make energy-efficiency improvements and recover from or prepare for future storms,” Senator Bateman said. “As we embark on hurricane season, this bill is essential to ensuring business owners can make vital improvements, such as raising the property to prevent flood damage.”
Bateman/Ciattarelli Editorial: Court Ruling on N.J. Affordable Housing Would Cause Staggering Changes
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) said affordable housing reform is needed to protect taxpayers from a court ruling that could have severe consequences for towns statewide in this editorial published in the Star-Ledger on June 6, 2016:
The New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division will soon hear arguments to determine if municipalities must build tens of thousands of affordable housing units that they were not required to construct during the Council On Affordable Housing’s “gap period” of 1999 to 2015.
If the court ignores current rules and law by mandating retroactive affordable housing obligations, municipalities statewide would be forced to build more than 100,000 new housing units by 2025.
This is truly a case that could forever change the character of many New Jersey communities.
Take rural Branchburg, for example, which could be forced to increase the number of residential units in the township by 60 percent. It should be clear that the consequences of such a ruling would be staggering.
The New Jersey Senate today passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) to permit counties to study replacing traditional paper poll books with electronic poll books during the 2017 election cycle.
“With high-profile elections fast approaching, it is critical that we do everything we can to prevent voter fraud,” Senator Bateman said. “We have all seen news coverage of long lines wrapping around polling stations across the country. In 2017, locations using paper records could struggle to keep up with a higher voter turnout, increasing the risk of fraud. Dozens of states use electronic poll books, often leading to shorter wait times and a reduction in voter fraud. It’s time for New Jersey to join the fold. With today’s Senate passage, we are one step closer to giving voters a faster, more efficient way to do their civic duty.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Reed Gusciora announced a new effort to combat the Institute of Advanced Study’s plans to construct housing on top of Maxwell Field, a National Historic Landmark and the site of George Washington’s 1777 victory against the British.
On Thursday, Senator Bateman and Assemblyman Gusciora will transmit a letter to the Institute renewing their request to discuss solutions to preserve Princeton Battlegrounds and enable IAS to build housing elsewhere. IAS has repeatedly rejected the legislators’ request for a meeting, prompting Bateman and Gusciora to go public with this week’s submission.
“The refusal to even grant a meeting proves that the Institute is determined to bury their head in the sand and continue to deny the irreparable impact this construction will have on the Princeton Battlegrounds and its irreplaceable historic resources,” Senator Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) said. “Assemblyman Gusciora and I are ready and willing to discuss reasonable alternatives, but we will not stand in the shadows and allow the Institute to move blindly forward with these destructive plans. To do so would be a disservice to the residents, historians and activists who are fighting day and night to protect this hallowed ground.”
The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee passed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966.
“Thanks to this act, we’ve had a chance to preserve countless structures, districts and other properties with historical significance so future generations can enjoy and learn from them,” Senator Bateman said. “The 50th anniversary of the act gives us a chance to celebrate its success, as well as refocus our efforts to continue our fight to protect more of our historically important places.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman requiring school nurses to meet additional training, clinical experience and education requirements has cleared the Senate Education Committee.
“A school nurse’s responsibilities extend far beyond placing a Band-Aid on a scraped knee,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “For a child living below the poverty line, a school nurse may be the only health professional they see. They are truly on the front lines of protecting a child’s health and welfare. Increasing training and clinical experience requirements will ensure all school nurses are fully equipped to identify the early signs of serious health problems and provide the highest level of care for kids with diverse and complex needs.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) is joining with U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-7th District) and the other members of New Jersey’s Congressional delegation to urge the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to take steps to reduce the outrageously long wait times at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).
“Newark Airport is a crucial hub for transportation not just for New Jersey but for our entire region. Long waits and delays are far too common at the airport and are completely unacceptable.
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli have, along with a number of Democrats, introduced a bill clarifying municipalities cannot be forced to meet retroactive affordable housing requirements, specifically because the Fair Housing Act does not impose such requirements.
The bipartisan bill was drafted in the wake of a court ruling that could set a dangerous precedent requiring towns statewide to include tens of thousands of more affordable housing units than they are obligated to provide under the Fair Housing Act.
“Municipalities need a clear set of guidelines for providing affordable housing,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Instead, one court has handed down a misguided mandate that clearly violates established law. Far too many New Jerseyans are still struggling to find adequate housing. Municipalities are scrambling to understand and meet their housing obligations. It’s time to stop playing games in the courts and focus on enacting real, comprehensive affordable housing reform.”