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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Votes NO on Horizon Bill, Standing Up for Ratepayers

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) voted against S-4, stating that it could pave the way for the government to raid Horizon’s reserve funds at the expense of the millions who rely on the insurer. His statement is as follows:

Sen. Kip Bateman voted no on the Horizon bill, stating that if a policy holder has overpaid in premiums, that money should go back into their pocket – not a slush fund for the government. (©iStock.com)

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but health insurance is expensive enough as it is already. If a policy holder has overpaid in premiums, that money should go back into their pocket – not into a slush fund for the government.

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Scutari/Bateman Bill to End Pet Trafficking Goes to Governor

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Bipartisan Bill Establishes Trafficking Stolen Pets as a New Third-Degree Crime

The New Jersey Senate has passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) and Senator Nicholas Scutari (D-22) that names pet trafficking a third-degree crime.

Bipartisan legislation by Sens. Nicholas Scutari and Kip Bateman would establish pet trafficking as a third-degree crime. (©iStock)

“Anyone who is cruel enough to traffic an innocent animal should be locked up, but the law doesn’t recognize pet trafficking as a crime. Stolen pets are seen as stolen property, and those offenders are punished in the same way,” Senator Bateman explained. “That’s just wrong. Our pets are family; not property. Selling an animal to a medical researcher or a puppy mill is as heartless as it gets. A slap on the wrist isn’t enough. We need a new law, so that pet traffickers get the punishment they deserve.”

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Senator Sam Thompson

Passed: Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Secure $91 Million for Open Space Funding

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Three bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean) to appropriate more than $91 million to go to various open space, recreation and conservation projects were all passed by the New Jersey Senate.

All three bills use money from dedicated corporation business tax revenues to provide grants or other funding to develop or acquire land for use as open space.

A trio of bills to appropriate $91 million in funding for open space projects were passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Morris County Preservation Trust)

“This money will go a long way in helping to develop land for recreation purposes in densely populated areas and counties,” Senator Bateman, sponsor of S-3352 said. “Because of this bill, more than $71 million in grants will go towards worthy projects throughout the state that will ensure our residents can enjoy the beautiful outdoors.”

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Bateman Bill Requiring Smart Thermostats in All New Homes Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman requiring the installation of a smart thermostat in all new residential construction.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would require the installation of a smart thermostat in every new home. (SenateNJ)

“It is very expensive to purchase a house in New Jersey, especially for first-time homeowners who are just starting out. Factor in the high cost of utilities, and that dream becomes nearly impossible to achieve,” Senator Bateman, (R-16) said. “Requiring smart thermostats in every new home will significantly decrease New Jersey’s energy usage and make living here that much more affordable for those who can help secure a strong economic future for our state.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Bateman & Doherty on Judge’s Decision to Block Statehouse Renovations Lawsuit

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Senate Republicans Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty released the following statements on a State Superior Court judge’s ruling against their lawsuit to halt Governor Christie’s multi-million dollar Statehouse renovations.

Sens. Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty are speaking out following State Superior Court Judge Jacobson’s June 14, 2017 decision to rule against their lawsuit to stop Gov. Christie’s multi-million dollar Statehouse renovations. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I am very disappointed in the judge’s decision. New Jersey taxpayers deserve better,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “The Christie administration was clearly intent on denying the public the opportunity to speak out against this costly boondoggle. It is a shame that, once again, taxpayers statewide will bear the brunt of a poor decision made without their approval in Trenton.”

“Judge Jacobson got it wrong,”  Senator Doherty (R-23) said. “The Whitman case she cited was addressed when we passed the Lance amendment, so that voters would always, without exception, have the right to approve extremely expensive projects like the Statehouse renovations.  We still can’t get a straight answer on how much this is going to cost. The Governor’s insistence on pushing forward with this project regardless of public opinion, and the judge’s decision to allow it, flies in the face of our constitutional obligation to be transparent with New Jersey taxpayers. The Legislature and the people we represent have a right to know how we are spending their money. This ruling is a setback, but our fight is far from over.”

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Bateman Bill to Curb Pet Theft Passes Senate Budget Committee

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Bill Creates Third Degree Criminal Offense for Trafficking Stolen Pets

Legislation sponsored Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman establishing strong criminal penalties for trafficking stolen pets has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill creates a third degree criminal offense for trafficking stolen pets. There is no current law addressing dealing in stolen animals. (©iStock.com)

“Losing your pet is traumatic enough, but fearing that they might be suffering at a puppy mill, dog fighting, or subjected to medical research is more than any loving caregiver can bare,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “We have to do something to deter people from committing this heartless crime and the penalties established under current law are not nearly strong enough to do so. Anyone who is cruel enough to steal and deal an innocent animal must be subjected to the harshest punishment possible.”

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Bateman Resolution Calling on Authorities to Investigate, Ensure Accountability for Superfund Site Cleanup Liability Clears Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Bob Smith and urging relevant federal and State authorities to investigate actions taken by an Argentinian state-owned oil company to discharge Superfund obligations through bankruptcy proceedings was approved by the Senate.

View of the Passaic River from the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site in Newark, NJ. (Flickr)

The resolution, SR-107/AR-219, urges the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation to examine actions taken by YPF S.A., and its subsidiary Maxus Energy Corporation, to use United States bankruptcy proceedings in an apparent attempt to avoid responsibility for environmental liabilities related to the cleanup of the Diamond Alkali Superfund site, the Passaic River, and other Superfund sites in New Jersey. The resolution also calls on the United States Attorney General and the New Jersey Attorney General to investigate any potential violations of federal or State law by YPF S.A. and Maxus, including any violations of the federal or State racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) acts, and to pursue all appropriate legal remedies.

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Senator Sam Thompson

Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Reduce Food Waste Passed by Senate

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A group of bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) aimed at reducing waste were passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Bills sponsored Sen. Diane Allen, Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Sam Thompson would help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions is a crucial part of getting more food to people who need it,” Senator Allen said. “Every day, so much food is just tossed out. That can’t be acceptable in a state where so many still struggle with food insecurity.”

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Bateman Tax Credit for Smart Thermostat Usage Passes Senate

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The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to provide a gross income tax credit to cover 50 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing a “smart thermostat.”

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would provide a gross income tax credit to cover 50% of the cost of purchasing and installing a smart thermostat. (SenateNJ)

“Smart thermostats are widely available, affordable and easy to use. These energy saving devices can help homeowners cut heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Providing tax credits for smart thermostats will give homeowners even more of a reason to make an investment that can ease the burden energy usage has on their wallet and the environment.”

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Senate Passes Bateman’s ‘Water Quality Accountability Act’

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Bill Ensures Public Water Systems Protect Consumers from Unsafe Drinking Water and Cyber-Attacks on Utilities

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to improve the safety of New Jersey’s drinking water by holding public water systems accountable for making infrastructure improvements and inspections.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s “Water Quality Accountability Act” would protect people from unsafe drinking water by requiring all public water systems to establish a cyber-security program and a plan for making infrastructure improvements and inspections. (Pixabay)

“As many 4.5 million people in New Jersey rely on suppliers that have broken federal rules meant to keep contaminants out of our water. That is unacceptable,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “People are becoming more and more concerned about harmful bacteria and cancer-causing chemicals leeching into our water, and given these reports, they have every reason to feel this way. This act will hold all public water systems accountable for making the improvements necessary to ensure consumer safety. We simply cannot take chances when it comes to protecting the health of our residents.”

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