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.
Three bills sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to enhance solar power, improve e-waste recycling management and study low or zero emission vehicles have cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
Senator Bateman’s bill, S-984, encourages New Jersey business owners to invest in solar technology by establishing the “Solar Roof Installation Warranty Program.”
“Business owners across New Jersey are eager to help cement our state’s legacy as a trailblazer in solar power,” Senator Bateman said. “We can do more to encourage a new crop of entrepreneurs to join us in this effort. This new and innovative warranty program targets a core, environmentally-friendly audience that is ready and willing to go above and beyond, by investing in energy-efficient technology that will save our environment and enrich our economy.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean Jr. to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy has been signed into law. Under the law (S3117), stemming from an agreement reached in July between legislators and the Christie Administration, the state Division of Developmental Disabilities is prohibited from transferring an individual with a developmental disability currently residing out of state to a placement in New Jersey if the individual or his or her guardian objects in writing.
“Throughout this process I’ve heard heart-wrenching stories from many families concerned about the disruption and change in the level of care that will occur if their loved ones who had spent the majority of their life at one facility were suddenly uprooted and moved back to New Jersey,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer). “This law now permanently recognizes those concerns by giving families and guardians the option to determine what’s best for the treatment of their loved one. I applaud the family members and guardians for their diligence in making their concerns known and bringing us to this point today.”
The following editorial by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman on a state constitutional amendment that would give Democrat legislators lifelong tenure in elected office, even when they fail constituents or when voters want a change in representation, was published in the Asbury Park Press on January 8, 2015:
I introduce, vote and debate policies in Trenton, conscious of every constituency I represent in the diverse 16th legislative district. Being a public servant for such a competitive voting district is a healthy challenge, reflecting the strong will for democracy that created America.
As our country grew, so too did the quest for equal voting rights. Legendary leaders, such as Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King Jr., dedicated their lives to the cause of securing equal voting rights for minority citizen populations.
Unconscionably, New Jersey Democrats are fast-tracking a constitutional amendment that would severely undermine those historic democratic and civil rights successes.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to ensure school nurses meet certain training and education requirements was passed by the full Senate and now heads to the governor’s desk for final approval.
“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). “To ensure students receive the highest level of care it’s important to make certain school nurses have the requisite education, training and experience to handle the complexity of the job.”
The New Jersey Senate passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, to significantly expand recycling efforts by requiring electronic manufactures to provide convenient collection of covered electronics in municipalities and at statewide entities across New Jersey.
Senator Bateman’s bill, S-2973, updates existing electronic recycling law that currently requires manufacturers to provide a free and convenient electronic waste recycling program for covered electronics. The bill would extend the recycling program to statewide entities, such as school districts, with electronic manufacturers covering the cost of collecting and recycling their market share of covered products.
“In our most densely populated state, it is imperative that we fearlessly face the mounting challenge to reduce the tens of millions of tons of solid waste discarded in New Jersey each year,” Senator Bateman said. “This updated legislation will generate significant cost savings at a local level, by ensuring that electronic manufacturers stay committed to providing free and convenient opportunities for recycling in communities across the state.”
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment Committee, announced that the committee has taken official action to help protect the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from irreparable harm. Sen. Bateman first urged the convening of the hearing, providing environmental experts, residents, and historians with the opportunity to deliver testimony on the dire need to halt the Institute for Advanced Study’s plans to build housing on top of wetlands and hallowed ground at the Princeton Battlegrounds.
“Today my fellow Senate committee members and I had the opportunity to hear eye-opening testimony, providing clear and indisputable evidence supporting our fight to protect this hallowed ground,” Senator Bateman said. “We simply cannot allow construction crews to bulldoze 238 years of history and irreversibly decimate the surrounding wetlands.
“I am pleased to report that my Senate colleagues and I have signed an official letter to the DEP stating that based on the research presented by those who testified today, we support the Princeton Battlefield Society’s efforts to secure a legal stay to halt construction, as we believe that this action is necessary to protect the historic battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from irreparable harm,” Senator Bateman added.
Legislation sponsored by Senators Bob Smith and Kip Bateman that supports last year’s voter-approved Public Question 2 amendment dedicating money to replenish the now-depleted Green Acres, Blue Acres, farmland and historic preservation programs from an existing business tax was approved by the Senate.
The bill, S-2769, sets guidelines for implementing the constitutional amendment that created a permanent funding source to ensure the preservation of New Jersey’s recreation spaces, productive farmland and historic sites. All funds from the statewide bond that voters approved in 2009 are fully allocated, leaving no new money for preservation programs in New Jersey.
“Securing a responsible and sustainable means of providing long-term funding for preserving open space and flood-prone properties is the key to ensuring a safer, cleaner and greener future for us all,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer). “Today we solidified our commitment to New Jersey voters to preserve our state’s beautiful open spaces, farmland, historical landmarks, and vital natural resources for generations to come.”