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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Governor Signs Sweeney-Bateman Law Adding Judges

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20 Additional Judges Will Support Criminal Justice Reforms

The Governor has enacted a legislative plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Kip Bateman that will add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that took effect this month.

The plan sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Sen. Kip Bateman to add 20 new judges to state courts has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“I appreciate that the Governor has acted so quickly to enact our legislation to bolster our state’s courts in support of bipartisan criminal justice reform efforts,” said Senator Bateman. “Having fully staffed courts to effectively and efficiently administer justice is critical to public safety.”

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Bateman Resolution Urging DEP to Update Statewide Water Supply Plan Advances

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The Senate Environment Committee has advanced a resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman calling on the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan.

With much of New Jersey under a drought warning, Sen. Bateman is urging the NJ DEP to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan. (Pixabay)

“Failing to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan puts the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents at risk,” Senator Bateman said. “We cannot use a plan that is more than 20 years old to solve the current drought crisis, let alone develop a coordinated strategy to avoid future water shortages. It is critical that the legislature take action to urge the NJ DEP to release this report, before we have a true emergency on our hands.”

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Bateman Blasts ‘Heartless’ Army Corps of Engineers for Leaving Manville Residents in Greater Danger

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) condemned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for refusing to provide desperately needed flood control aid to Manville.

Flooding in Manville from Hurricane Irene in 2011. (Facebook/Manville Flood Action Group)

In the face of clear evidence proving the need for flood mitigation in Manville, the Army Corps of Engineers determined that flood control projects in the Manville area were not economically justifiable, in part due to declining property values.

“I am appalled that the Army Corps would use such a flawed and discriminatory methodology for authorizing flood mitigation projects. I cannot imagine a more heartless or senseless reason for denying the people of Manville the assistance they desperately need to protect their homes, businesses and their families from the clear and present danger of living in these flood zones. You cannot put a dollar value on people’s lives.

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Senate Approves Sweeney-Bateman Plan to Add Judges

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20 Additional Judges Will Support Criminal Justice Reforms

The Senate approved a plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Kip Bateman that would add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing the support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that will take effect in January.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and Senate President Stephen Sweeney would add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts in support of criminal justice reforms that take effect in 2017. (©iStock)

“The addition of new judges is a critical component of our effort to reform our critical justice system and support bail reforms that will soon take effect,” said Senator Bateman. “We need fully staffed courts to effectively and efficiently administer justice and enforce the law.”

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Bateman Bill to Protect Bees From Pesticides Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to protect the state’s apiaries from pesticides by establishing beehive registries and a notification protocol was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

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

“New Jersey wouldn’t be the Garden State without the help it gets from its bee population,” Senator Bateman said. “We can’t risk losing these important pollinators to pesticides. The work they do for New Jersey’s farmers is too important.”

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Sweeney-Bateman Plan to Add Judges Gains Committee Approval

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20 Additional Judges Will Support Criminal Justice Reforms

The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has approved a plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Kip Bateman that would add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing the support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that will take effect in January.

Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Kip Bateman would add 20 new judges to state courts in support of criminal justice reforms taking effect in 2017. (©iStock.com)

Starting in 2017, the state will shift from a system that relies principally on setting monetary bail as a condition of release to a risk-based system that is more objective, is fairer to defendants because it is unrelated to their ability to pay monetary bail and safer for the public because dangerous offenders can be denied bail.

“The state has made a lot of progress in filling judicial vacancies that enable the courts to administer justice and enforce the law,” said Senator Bateman. “These new judges will make the system better and provide the support needed to ensure the effectiveness of the bail reforms.”

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Bateman Applauds Compromise to Save Princeton Battlegrounds

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) released the following statement on an agreement allowing the Civil War Trust to purchase Maxwell’s Field from the Institute of Advanced Study in order to preserve the historic site of the Battle of Princeton. Bateman has long fought to prevent the Institute from causing irreversible damage to the battlegrounds by building housing on Maxwell’s Field.

Sen. Kip Bateman speaks at an event marking the addition of new open space to the Princeton Battlefield. Bateman has long fought to preserve Princeton Battlegrounds, including Maxwell’s Field (SenateNJ)

“This landmark agreement between the Civil War Trust and the Institute of Advanced Study is the victory we have long-hoped for. For years I have fought tirelessly alongside historians, activists and local residents to save Maxwell’s field from permanent destruction. We refused to stand by and allow the Institute of Advanced Study to bulldoze 240 years of history and I am elated that our battle has finally been won.

“This historic compromise will allow for the preservation of nearly 15 acres of Maxwell’s Field as well as the expansion of Princeton Battlefield State Park. The Princeton Battlegrounds are an unparalleled educational resource. Because of this agreement, future generations will have the opportunity to visit this hallowed ground and learn about the brave soldiers who fought at the Battle of Princeton – the turning point of the Revolutionary War.”

“I commend both the Civil War Trust and the Institute of Advanced Study for answering our call to work together and reach an agreement to protect this national treasure. I am grateful to everyone who stood with us in our fight to save Maxwell’s Field. I vow to remain vigilant and do all that I can to ensure these preservation efforts are completed as swiftly as possible.”

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Bateman Urges Action to Prepare for Drought Emergency

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In the face of a statewide drought emergency, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman is urging New Jersey residents and state leaders to take action to prepare for the oncoming crisis.

Sen. Kip Bateman has introduced a resolution calling for an updated version of the Statewide Water Supply Plan in the face of a statewide drought. (Pixabay)

Senator Bateman, a ranking member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, has introduced a resolution calling for an updated version of the Statewide Water Supply Plan.

“Much of the state is under a drought warning and we have no way of knowing how long these conditions will last,” Senator Bateman said. “The Statewide Water Supply Plan has not been publicly updated in 20 years. Until the report is released, it will be nearly impossible to implement strategies to address this potential drought crisis. The state must work quickly to enact a plan before we have a true emergency on our hands.”

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Bateman Bill to Protect Bees from Pesticides Passed by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to protect the state’s apiaries from pesticides by establishing beehive registries and a notification protocol was advanced by the Senate Environment Committee.

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

“The state’s apiarists provide a vital service by supplementing our natural bee population with beehives raised on private properties,” Senator Bateman said. “We can’t risk losing these important pollinators to pesticides. The work they do for New Jersey’s farmers is too important.”

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Bateman: Affordable Housing Must Be Decided by Legislature, Not Courts

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As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments to overturn a July court decision not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman is calling for the legislature to advance his bill clarifying that forcing municipalities to meet “gap period” requirements violates established law.

With a Supreme Court case looming, Sen. Kip Bateman urges the legislature to advance his affordable housing reforms to protect taxpayers and municipalities. (©iStock)

“The time for litigation is over. Placing affordable housing decisions in the hands of the courts or agencies such as COAH has led to nothing but chaos, confusion and delays. The court agrees these decisions should be decided by the legislature. It is disappointing to see so-called ‘advocates’ continue to engage in frivolous lawsuits that only serve to block municipalities from understanding and fulfilling their housing obligations.

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