Panel Also Adopts Bateman Legislation to Allow High School Students to Receive Credit for Certain Out-of-School Volunteer Service
The Senate Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to ensure school nurses meet certain training and education requirements.
“School nurses have a difficult and demanding job and must be able to address a wide spectrum of student health issues largely on their own,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “Increasing the educational and training requirements to be certified as a school nurse, will better ensure they are equipped to handle the job and able to provide the highest level of care to students.”
The Senate advanced legislation (SJR-77) sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to modernize New Jersey’s voting system by permitting each county commission of registration and respective board of elections to conduct a voluntary study on replacing traditional paper polling records with electronic poll books.
The proposed electronic poll books would mirror the functionality of current paper logs, providing an auditable record of each election, as well as immediate access to a registered voter’s record and digitized signature. The new poll books would limit voter fraud by signaling an electronic notification of a registered voter’s mail-in ballot and Election Day voting record.
“At a time when voter turnout just hit a historic low, this common-sense legislation will reduce the likelihood of voter fraud while bringing our voting system into the 21st century – giving voters a faster, more efficient way to participate in elections,” Senator Bateman said. “This study will empower state officials to make informed decisions on the cost, feasibility and effectiveness of transitioning to electronic poll books, without compromising the security and confidentiality of the voting process.”
The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman on renewing efforts to increase energy efficiency statewide and solidify New Jersey’s status as a global leader in environmental reform was published by NJ.com on December 5, 2015:
With the new year approaching, it’s time for us to start thinking of how we can resolve to make New Jersey the best it can be in 2016.
As a born-and-raised New Jerseyan and avid outdoorsman, I have experienced the negative effects of how the state’s residents and businesses waste energy and generate unnecessary pollution that is contributing to a worldwide, historic spike in carbon emissions.
This year, New Jersey fell two spots to No. 21 in the nation for energy efficiency, according to an annual survey released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. That’s unfortunate because energy efficiency is the easiest, most cost-effective way to cut climate-disrupting carbon pollution, as well as other types of air and water pollution caused by burning dirty fossil fuels like coal and gas.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to double the period of public comment on DEP contamination settlements was signed into law by Governor Christie. The law (S-2919) gives New Jersey residents, activists, and legislators, sufficient time to deliver comments on DEP settlements pursuant to the Spill Compensation and Control Act.
“I strongly believe that as elected officials, it is our duty to represent the concerns and interests of the people we serve,” Senator Bateman said. “New Jersey residents have the right to comment on decisions that could gravely affect the health and welfare of their families, as well as the land and space they call home. My bill to permanently extend the period of public comment on DEP settlements to 60 days gives the courts the information they need to make informed decisions when ruling on cases such as the recent Exxon settlement.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) talked about open space preservation and transportation funding on Comcast Newsmakers with host Jill Horner.
The Senate Education Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Joe Kyrillos establishing a school district regionalization task force that will study and make recommendations regarding the issues and benefits of consolidating school districts.
“We have to begin working in earnest to create a more efficient and sustainable school system and regionalization and consolidation of services needs to be a part of that discussion,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “Regionalizing school districts is a complex issue that requires a lot of thought and planning but in the right scenarios it is one that carries great potential to enhance educational opportunities, streamline services and address a leading contributor to New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes.”
Bateman Bill to Upgrade Penalties for ‘Swatting,’ Protect Communities from Dangerous Hoaxes Signed Into Law
Governor Chris Christie has signed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) cracking down on an alarming trend that has put thousands of New Jerseyans at risk of serious harm. Sen. Bateman’s bill (S-3011, A4375) was introduced in response to a wave of swatting incidents where police were forced to respond to elaborate hoaxes instead of protecting residents from legitimate threats. The law establishes swatting as a second degree offense, increasing prison time and fines for committing this dangerous crime.
“We will not stand by as swatters waste tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars, risking the lives of innocent victims across the state,” Senator Bateman said.
“Children and teachers in Princeton have fallen victim to swatting nearly a dozen times this year, as police and K-9 units combed the halls. Robert Wood Johnson Hospital was forced to close their emergency room due to a false bomb threat that put patients at risk. These are just a handful of examples of the catastrophic consequences of swatting. Signing this bill into law sends a strong message that we will not tolerate these acts of terror. I thank the Governor and my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly for supporting this lifesaving effort to end swatting in New Jersey.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to create a fellowship program to support entrepreneurs in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields was advanced by the Senate Labor Committee.
“By attracting and supporting entrepreneurs in New Jersey we can create new opportunities and build on the state’s proud history of innovation,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Mercer). “Furthering innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit in New Jersey will help usher in the next generation of job creators and global businesses leaders.”
Under the legislation, S-2723, the New Jersey STEM Entrepreneur Fellowship Program would be created by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development in consultation with the state Economic Development Authority and the Secretary of Higher Education. Funded through existing workforce development funds, the program would be used to support at least 20 fellowships which focus on supporting entrepreneurs in the STEM fields.
Senate Passes Bateman Bill Giving Eco-Friendly Energy Star Homeowners Incentives for Installing Solar Panels
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s (R-Somerset) bill to provide Energy Star-certified homeowners with financial incentives to install solar panels passed the Senate. S-1413 requires the Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to give preference to these homeowners when awarding financial incentives for installing solar panels. New Jersey is one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy producers in the country, producing enough solar energy to power more than 240,000 homes.
“As a national leader in solar energy, we are working diligently to develop innovative strategies to encourage more New Jersey residents to embrace this technology,” Senator Bateman said. “This legislation targets a core, environmentally-friendly audience that is ready and willing to go above and beyond, by investing in energy-efficient technology throughout their entire home.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman joined nearly 200 cyclists from Ride 2 Recovery Tuesday morning, as the group embarked on a 51-mile trek from Princeton to Philadelphia. This was the last leg of Ride 2 Recovery’s 460-mile ride across New Jersey to raise awareness and help thousands of injured veterans around the country.
Trading in a suit and tie for athletic gear and a bright red bicycle, Senator Bateman addressed the crowd before cycling alongside the veterans for the first several miles of today’s trek to Philadelphia.
“I proudly support Ride 2 Recovery, an incredible organization dedicated to helping our nation’s brave veterans recover from injury and trauma through cycling,” Senator Bateman said. “Today we pedaled together to honor these heroes and show our support for the volunteers that work tirelessly to empower and inspire injured veterans on the road to recovery.”