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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Stands in Opposition to Gas Tax Hike

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UPDATE (10/17/16): Sign Sen. Bateman’s new petition to REPEAL the gas tax increase!

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) stated the following after voting against increasing New Jersey’s gas tax.

Sen. Kip Bateman voted against increasing New Jersey’s gas tax. (SenateNJ.com)

“This gas tax hike will have serious consequences,” Senator Bateman said. “Small businesses will be forced out of state, the price of goods will go up and many local jobs will disappear. Undoubtedly, it will be the families in our communities who pay the price for a poor decision made miles away in Trenton.

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Bateman to Vote ‘No’ on Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) announced that he will vote “no” on increasing New Jersey’s gas tax.

Sen. Kip Bateman will vote ‘no’ on a proposal to increase New Jersey’s gas tax by 23 cents/gallon. (SenateNJ.com)

“I cannot in good conscience vote for a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase,” said Bateman. “I’ve heard from too many of my constituents that this would be unaffordable. We all want safe roads and bridges, but the cost has to be reasonable, which this proposal is not.”

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Senate Passes Bateman Bill to Protect Pollinating Bees From Pesticides

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Bill establishes a training course for pesticide applicators to help them avoid the impact of pesticides have New Jersey’s bee population

Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect New Jersey’s pollinating bee population was advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to limit impact of pesticides on the bee population has been advanced by the New Jersey Senate. (Flickr)

“New Jersey couldn’t be the Garden State without the hard work our farmers put in each year to produce a plethora of fruits and vegetables to bring to markets throughout the country,” Senator Bateman said. “But all that hard work would be for nothing if they didn’t have the help of our pollinating bee population. If we aren’t careful with how we spray our pesticides, our agriculture industry could be in big trouble.”

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Senate Advances Bateman Bill for $20 Million in Lead Remediation Funding

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to fund the remediation of lead contamination in public buildings has been advanced by the New Jersey Senate.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman would appropriate $20 million for lead remediation in the water systems of public buildings. (Pixabay)

“We saw earlier this year in Newark and other towns across the state just how pressing our lead problem is,” Senator Bateman said. “We have to come up with a way to test the water systems in our public buildings, and if they have lead contamination, we have to find a way remediate it.”
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Governor Signs Kean/Bateman Bill to Allow Wagering at Far Hills Race Meeting

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman to allow pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Gov. Chris Christie has signed legislation by Sen. Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman allowing pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting. (Facebook/Far Hills Race Meeting)

The bill, A-1697/S-2394, authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant a special two-day permit annually to conduct a steeplechase race, and to allow wagering on the event.

“The signing of this legislation represents recognition of the Far Hills Race Meeting’s long history of supporting charitable causes and its positive impact on the region,” said Kean. “Wagering will expand the ability of the event to support local healthcare services and help maintain the viability of New Jersey’s horse farms.”

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Bateman & Ciattarelli Help Somerset County to Negotiate Funding Agreement with NJDOT to Restart Route 518 Bridge Project

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Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) applauded the funding agreement reached by Somerset County and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) that will allow work to resume on the Route 518 bridge project in Franklin and Rocky Hill that has been stalled since July.

Sen. Kip Bateman and Asm. Jack Ciattarelli helped negotiate the agreement between Somerset County and the NJDOT allowing work on the Route 518 bridge project to resume. (Google Maps)

Bateman and Ciattarelli worked with the Christie Administration to bring the county’s Board of Chosen Freeholders and the NJDOT together to negotiate the agreement that will allow construction to recommence on the crossing over the Delaware and Raritan Canal.

“Jack and I know how important this project is to the safety and welfare of the region,” said Bateman. “It’s a critical crossing for emergency services, school buses and residents who can’t afford to detour miles out of the way. I’m glad that we were able to bring state and county officials together to hammer out the details that will help us to get this important bridge reopened.”

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Weinberg, Bateman Bills To Improve Crime Victim Protections Advance

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A three-bill package sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to strengthen crime victims’ rights laws in New Jersey was approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

A three-bill package by Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Sen. Kip Bateman would strengthen crime victims’ rights laws in New Jersey. (©iStock)

The bills address protections for victims of sex crimes, permitting survivors – regardless of age – to testify in court proceedings via video. They allow victims of sexual assault and the survivors of homicide victims to be present at certain post adjudication hearings to provide information to the court before a decision is made on matters such as relieving an offender from Megan’s Law registration requirements. In addition, they permit those who are close to a violent crime victim to make an in-person statement to the court at sentencing, in addition to crime victims, and they establish housing and employment protections, among other provisions.

“Too many people are unable to find or keep employment or housing due to the stigma attached with being the victim of a crime, especially those that are high profile,” said Bateman. “We need to end this discrimination and do more to ensure that our courts are able to meet the special needs of those who have suffered to prevent further victimization.”

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Environment and Energy Committee Advances Bateman Bill for Lead Remediation Funding

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Legislation appropriates up to $20 million from the Clean Energy Fund to remediate lead contamination in public buildings

Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to fund the remediation of lead contamination in public buildings was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Bateman to appropriate $20 million for lead remediation passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. (Pixabay)

“Continued exposure to lead-tainted water can lead to damage in the nervous system, brain and kidneys, particularly in young children,” Senator Bateman said. “We have a responsibility to keep people safe, especially students in our schools. We can find a solution to this pressing health issue through an already existing fund that’s underutilized.”

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Bateman Bill to Protect Bees from Pesticide Passes Senate Environment Committee

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Bill establishes a training course for pesticide applicators to help them avoid the impact of pesticides have New Jersey’s bee population

Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect New Jersey’s pollinating bee population passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to limit impact of pesticides on bee population passes Senate Environment Committee. (Flickr)

“Spraying pesticides is an important tool in our mission to control our mosquito population and protecting the public health, particularly now when we’re working to stop the spread of mosquito-borne viruses, like Zika,” Senator Bateman said. “But we can’t sacrifice our pollinating bee population in the process.”

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Now Law: Bateman Bill to Allow Use of Backup Camera During Driving Test

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to allow drivers taking their road test to use a backup camera has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation allowing drivers taking their road test to use a backup camera has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (Flickr)

“In a few years, every new car will be required to have a rear-view camera,” Senator Bateman said. “If every car is going to have them, new drivers should know how to use them.”

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