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.”
The New Jersey Senate Law & Public Safety Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect volunteer first aid, ambulance or rescue companies from certain civil damages.
“The last concern emergency responders should have hanging over their heads while working to help an injured victim is that their squad could be sued for an unfortunate outcome that’s outside of their control,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset). “This bill makes certain that volunteer emergency squads serving our communities are protected from civil liability while rendering good-faith life support services.”
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.”