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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Court Ruling Reinforces Need for True Housing Law Reforms

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, an original sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would have reformed the state’s affordable housing laws, stated the following about today’s state Supreme Court ruling to throw out the Corzine-era affordable housing obligations.

“New Jersey’s ‘third round’ housing mandates were a failed experiment that placed unmanageable burdens on municipalities while stifling economic development and adding to urban sprawl and congestion,” said Bateman (R-Somerset). “Today’s ruling reinforces the need for meaningful affordable housing reform that focuses on needs and results rather than ideology. Rather than simply now enforcing the state’s earlier, equally failed housing mandates, we need to take a sensible approach that works for all communities.”

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Bateman Honored by COANJ as Senator of the Year

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex) stated the following today after being selected as Legislator of the Year in the Senate by the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey. The COANJ is comprised of the state’s county clerks, registers, sheriffs and surrogates.

“I’m honored to receive this annual award from an association whose members deserve much credit of their own for their tireless service,” said Bateman. “The members of COANJ are public servants who provide critical protection and services essential to the very core of our democracy and everyday way of life.

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Bateman Introduces Legislation Closing Loophole in Accessing HIV Medical Records in Criminal Investigation/Prosecution

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, held a press conference this morning at the Somerset County Court House to discuss legislation they have introduced that permits the release, through a court order, of a person’s medical records related to HIV or AIDS infection during the course of an investigation or prosecution when the accused person commits an act of sexual penetration without the informed consent of the other person.

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) speaking on legislation he introduced that would allow medical records to be accessed when investigating HIV/AIDS related crimes at the Somerset County Court House on Sept. 18, 2013. He was joined by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) and his 16th District colleagues, Asm. Jack Ciattarelli (l) and Asw. Donna Simon (r).

Someone who is aware they are HIV positive or has AIDS and fails to inform their partner prior to a sexual encounter can be charged with a third-degree crime. Under the current statute, accessing medical information is only granted for first-degree crimes.

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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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