Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman today announced his plans to introduce a budget resolution to add Governor Christie’s proposed $10 million to the Fiscal Year 2017 budget to support the statewide testing of school drinking water for lead contamination.
“I applaud Governor Christie for joining our bipartisan effort to safeguard all New Jersey children from the devastating effects of lead poisoning,” Senator Bateman said. “Adding funds to the FY17 budget to support testing school drinking water for lead exposure is a no-brainer. As elected officials we have a responsibility to develop a swift and responsible solution to solve this critical public health and safety crisis. I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to achieve this goal.”
In honor of Earth Day, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) introduced a bill that will reduce carbon emissions while making New Jersey a more attractive place to work and do business.
“In many professions, people today are able to do the same work from home that traditionally would have tied them to an office,” Senator Bateman said. “This combination pro-environment, pro-business legislation will give companies an incentive to allow more of their employees to skip their daily commutes and give the environment a break by telecommuting.”
Senator Kip Bateman, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, responded to Governor Christie’s withdrawal of David Bauman’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court and the new nomination of Walter Timpone:
“Judge Bauman deserves a lot of credit for twice accepting a nomination in such a challenging political environment. Although I wish we had the opportunity to give him the confirmation hearing he deserved, I am glad that he now has closure on what has been a long process.
“I look forward to reviewing the nomination of Walter Timpone in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and hope that his nomination represents an end to the judicial logjam that threatened our state courts.”
Senator Kip Bateman says that that all judicial nominees, including U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland and N.J. Supreme Court nominee Judge David Bauman, deserve confirmation hearings in this editorial published in the Asbury Park Press:
Our state and our nation have arrived at a very dangerous place, where partisanship trumps all, including common sense and decency.
This incivility between the political parties now threatens the independence of our judiciary, and puts the very functioning of our courts at risk.
At both the state and federal levels, we have chief executives who have nominated justices to our supreme courts, and recalcitrant leaders in our senates who have refused to allow those legislative bodies to perform their constitutional duties of advice and consent.
Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) commended Senate Democrats for joining his effort to protect school children from lead-tainted drinking water:
“Earlier this month I announced a plan to fund up to $20 million in lead abatement programs to protect children from harm.
“I am pleased that Senate Democrats have incorporated the funding mechanism I proposed into their plan to test and remediate drinking water in schools.”
Two bills sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee, to reduce carbon emissions and improve statewide e-waste recycling laws have passed the New Jersey Senate.
The first bill, S-981, significantly expands recycling efforts by requiring electronic manufactures to provide convenient collection of covered electronics in municipalities and at statewide entities across New Jersey.
“Tens of millions of tons of solid waste go unrecycled each year, posing a serious threat to public health and safety,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Ensuring electronic manufacturers stay committed to providing free and convenient opportunities for recycling will generate significant cost savings for local communities and safeguard natural resources from future damage.”
The New Jersey Senate unanimously voted to approve legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senator Joe Kyrillos to establish a task force to identify the issues and benefits of school district regionalization.
“In a state where there are more school districts than municipalities, regionalization has enormous potential to bolster educational programs and reduce New Jersey’s nation-high property tax burden,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Exploring solutions to create efficient, sustainable school systems will help us understand how we can best serve the growing needs of our students and communities.”
Senate Republican Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced a state budget resolution to fund up to $20 million in lead abatement for the water supply Newark and other statewide locations that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection deems necessary.
Senator Bateman voted last legislative session to pass Senate Democrat Ron Rice’s lead-hazard-control bill — this session’s S-996, which advanced Monday to the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee.
“I know New Jersey Republicans have had past concerns with lead abatement legislation that would spend the people’s money outside of the state budget — a maneuver that has forced past governor’s to raise taxes,” Bateman said. “But the need to solve this public health and safety issue should not be in question. State government must execute its primary responsibility to keep people safe by finding solutions to reduce lead poisonings. I’ve supported Senator Rice’s legislation and now have found a solution to fund greater lead abatement within the state budget, using existing resources and no new taxes.”
The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee adopted legislation sponsored by Senators Anthony Bucco and Christopher “Kip” Bateman to combat and prevent egregious violations of public trust and the illegal spending of taxpayer dollars by requiring all local officials to complete a training program on the Local Government Ethics Law.
“The people of New Jersey are fed up with corrupt officials who squander their hard-earned taxpayer dollars for political wheeling-and-dealing, greed, or personal gain,” Senator Bucco (R-Morris, Somerset) said. “Each year, we entrust municipal and county officers with $15 billion taxpayer dollars. Requiring these public servants to complete uniform, comprehensive ethics training will protect this investment and improve the integrity of all levels of local government.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) and Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) establishing a school district regionalization task force to evaluate the issues and benefits of consolidating school districts was advanced by the Senate Education Committee.
“Developing and implementing solutions to create an efficient, sustainable school system is an essential pathway to lowering New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes,” Senator Bateman said. “We have a responsibility to explore every possible avenue for reducing this immense financial burden. This task force will provide invaluable insight on a complex issue that carries great potential to reduce duplicative costs while still enhancing educational opportunities and programs for all students.”