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.”
Committee Approves Bateman Bill to Increase Use of Renewable Energy, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would make significant changes to existing law concerning Class I renewable energy portfolio standards to provide a statutory framework for greenhouse gas emission reduction was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.
The bill, S-1707, sets ambitious targets aimed at achieving the goals of the Global Warming Response Act, enacted in July 2007 to adopt statewide limits on greenhouse gas emissions.
“New Jersey adopted one of the nation’s most aggressive renewable energy portfolio standards in 2011, making us a leader in clean energy nationwide and helping foster a significant solar energy industry in the state,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “Our legislation will help accelerate the implementation of Class I energy sources, which we should all embrace as a vital effort to make New Jersey a cleaner and greener place to be.”
Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.
“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”
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.”
The Senate passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to include the domestic or civil union partner of a homicide victim among those eligible to receive compensation, as well as certain protections and rights from the criminal justice system.
The legislation, S-180, revises the definition of “victim” under the “Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights” to be more consistent with the definition of “victim” in the New Jersey Constitution. Under the legislation, “victim” will now include the spouse, parent, legal guardian, grandparent, child or sibling of the decedent in the case of a criminal homicide or act of juvenile delinquency that would constitute criminal homicide if committed by an adult.