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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Christie Signs Bateman Measure to Establish a Conditional Dismissal Program in Municipal Court

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Governor Chris Christie today signed into law legislation co-sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) to provide a conditional assistance program in Municipal Court for certain first-time offenders.

“This initiative will give a broader range of first-time offenders who have committed a minor offense an opportunity to turn their lives around,” Bateman said. “The program will help foster participants’ rehabilitation and future success by giving them appropriate penalties without having the offense be a part of their permanent criminal record.”

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Bateman-Ciattarelli-Simon: Residents of Manville and the Raritan-Millstone River Basin Deserve Relief and Real Solutions

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In response to reports that Mantoloking and Brick Township have received federal and state approval for construction of a steel wall to prevent future flooding in the two Shore towns devastated by Super Storm Sandy, Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly Republican members Jack Ciattarelli and Donna Simon  lauded the decision and said they hope flood-prone Manville and its municipal neighbors along the Raritan-Millstone River Basin will benefit from similar federal Sandy relief funding.

“No doubt Mantoloking and Brick took direct hits from Sandy, and the proposed seawall is a sound solution that will provide needed protection. Although Manville was spared flooding from Sandy, homeowners there have been forced to abandon their homes four times in the past 12 years, due to severe flooding events,” said Bateman, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “It’s time for the government to step to the plate and provide the funding that was promised so that we can move forward towards a long-term solution.”

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Bateman Legislation to Protect Police Animals Signed by Christie

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) enhancing penalties for threatening animals used by law enforcement agencies was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie today.

“Police canines serve valiantly alongside officers, performing critical roles in search and rescue operations, narcotics investigations and explosive detection,” said Bateman. “As they selflessly protect their partner and the public we must ensure threats against these brave animals are taken seriously.”

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Bateman, Ciattarelli & Simon Applaud NJ Transit Decision on One Seat Ride on Raritan Valley Line

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, praised the decision by NJ Transit to provide commuters along the Raritan Valley Line with a one-seat ride to NY Penn Station beginning in Spring 2014. The decision was announced by NJ Transit Executive Director Jim Weinstein at an August 2 meeting.

“This new NJ Transit service will make for a shorter, smoother commute for thousands of people each day,” said Bateman. “We must continue to do all we can to encourage the use of mass transit in order to ease the burden on our highways and mitigate impact on the environment.”

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Christie Signs Bateman/Addiego Measure to Help Finances of Veterans’ Organizations

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman and Dawn Marie Addiego giving veterans’ organization more flexibility to manage their costs has been signed by Governor Chris Christie. The measure, S-87, allows those organizations to use the net proceeds from games of chance to support their organizations financially. Voters will have the chance to approve the proposal on a ballot question in November.

“Non-profits and organizations that serve our veterans have undergone difficult times in recent years as many people have had less to give because of economic hardships,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “This bill gives veterans’ groups additional financial flexibility by allowing them to tap a new stream of revenues to help pay their bills.”

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Bateman Recognized by NJ Environmental Federation as “Environmental Hero”

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) is honored to have been recognized today by the New Jersey Environmental Federation as an “environmental hero.”

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) speaking on the steps of the State House after being honored as an “Environmental Hero” by the New Jersey Environmental Federation on July 18, 2013. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Bateman scored 82 percent on environmental issues in a legislative scorecard released by the federation today.

“I am extremely honored to receive such a high score from the Environmental Federation,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee. “I have always believed as a legislator that we must do everything we can to ensure we leave the cleanest environment to our children and grandchildren.”

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Bateman Law Making School Districts Notify Parents About Contaminants is Working

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The Bergen Record published this editorial today detailing how legislation sponsored four years ago by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) recently helped parents learn of contaminated soil at their children’s school.

Senator Bateman was prime sponsor of S480 (A1072), which requires districts notify parents within 10 days when soil contaminated with pesticides or other chemicals is discovered at a school. The bill was singed into law in 2010.

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Senate Advances Bateman Measure to Protect Police Animals

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) enhancing penalties for threatening animals used by law enforcement agencies was advanced by the Senate today.

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) speaking in support of Dano’s Law (S79/A495) which was approved by the New Jersey Senate. Captain Tim Pino (seated-left) and Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano (seated-right) of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office were present to support the bill. (SenateNJ.com)

“Law enforcement depends on animals like dogs and horses for a variety of critical public safety functions,” said Bateman. “Local departments invest heavily in training police K-9s for their integral roles in search and rescue operations, narcotics investigations and explosive detection.

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Bateman Bill to Ensure Long Term Open Space Funding Advanced by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to provide long term funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation was advanced by the full Senate today. The legislation, SCR138, puts a proposal on this November’s election ballot where voters can choose to adopt a measure dedicating one-fifth of one cent of the state’s 7 percent sales tax to open space preservation for the next 30 years.

“New Jersey is in desperate need of a stable funding source for preserving the state’s open spaces,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “Protecting our natural environment and historic sites ensures our children and grandchildren can experience the same quality of life we have come to expect.”

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Bateman: Attorney General Chiesa Will Fight Hard for New Jersey in U.S. Senate

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman stated the following in regards to Governor Christie’s appointment of state Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa to the U.S. Senate.

“I applaud the Governor’s decision to name Attorney General Chiesa to the U.S. Senate,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “Mr. Chiesa has proven himself to be a bold, honest leader as Attorney General and will carry those much needed attributes to Washington. New Jersey residents should be glad, knowing he will be dedicated to representing their interests in the U.S. Senate.

“Attorney General Chiesa has fought hard to protect New Jerseyans and I know he will do the same as a U.S. Senator,” Bateman concluded.

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