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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Jennifer Beck
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Beck/Bateman: “Legislative Action Needed to Dump Driver Decals”

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In the wake of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of “Kyleigh’s Law”, Senators Jennifer Beck and Christopher “Kip” Bateman renewed their push for their bill to overturn the requirement that young drivers holding a graduated license display a red decal on their vehicle.

Citing concerns that young people are made vulnerable by the publicly visible identifiers, Beck and Bateman have introduced legislation (S- 1587) suspending the decal requirement until an alternative technology can be developed that is only detectable by law enforcement.

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Senator Diane Allen
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Allen and Bateman Welcome Enactment of Expanded Drug Treatment Options for Non-violent Offenders

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Senators Diane Allen (R- Burlington) and Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset), cosponsors of landmark legislation expanding New Jersey’s special probation (“drug court”) system, today applauded Governor Christie’s signature of the measure.

The bi-partisan legislation makes more non-violent offenders eligible to receive treatment as an alternative to incarceration, and creates a pilot program in two court jurisdictions requiring mandatory treatment of such offenders.

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Bateman: “Democrats are the ones Politicizing the Court”

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Scutari said today that a Solomon nomination would be considered if Christie makes two picks to the seven-member court — and “as long as one’s a Democrat … as long as the need for partisan balance is recognized and continued.”

(The Star-Ledger, 7/18/12)

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset), an attorney and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following reaction to statements made by the committee’s chairman elevating partisan affiliation above all other considerations for confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee:

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Bateman Submits Bill Requiring Sex Offenders to Disclose ‘Online Residencies’

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In an effort to protect children from sexual predators, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R- Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset, has submitted a bill to require sex offenders to publish information on their criminal statuses as part of their online social network profiles.

“In many ways, sex offenders can use the Internet as a venue and a means to plot and begin to carry out their crimes against vulnerable and unsuspecting victims,” Bateman said. “This legislation supplements Megan’s Law to assist law enforcement agencies in stepping up their increasingly successful efforts targeting and fighting Internet sex crimes.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Joe Kyrillos
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Bateman, Beck, and Kyrillos Sponsored Environmental Infrastructure Bills Pass Senate

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A package of bills sponsored by Senators Joe Kyrillos, Kip Bateman, and Jennifer Beck, authorizing environmental infrastructure funding for the 2013 fiscal year, has been approved by the full Senate.

SCR-115, sponsored by Senator Kyrillos, authorizes the FY 2013 financial plan for the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (EIT). The Trust is a low-interest financing mechanism for clean water and drinking water projects throughout the state. Senator Kyrillos a primary sponsor of the legislation that established the Trust.

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Panel Moves Bipartisan Bateman Bill to Fund Dozens of Environmental Infrastructure Projects

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The Senate Environment and Energy Committee on Thursday advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset, that funds $534 million in environmental infrastructure projects, including Barnegat Bay clean water initiatives.

“This measure can create thousands of jobs inNew Jerseywhile enhancing and preserving the state’s clean and drinking water infrastructure,” Bateman said. “For example, Flemington Borough would gain from roughly $1.8 million in zero-interest DEP loans for a few much-needed drinking water projects.”

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Senate Clears Bateman’s Bill to Foster Municipal Mergers

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The full Senate unanimously passed today Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill to remove financial impediments hindering towns from merging.

“The passage of this bill brings a positive message toNew Jersey’s overburdened property taxpayers that there is a bipartisan commitment in the legislature to lower our nation-high property taxes,” said Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Sussex. “We must provide our ample number of local governments with any possible measures to encourage money saving shared services and mergers.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Jennifer Beck
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Cardinale, O’Toole, Bateman & Beck Speak Out on Harris Rejection

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Senators Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Christopher “Kip” Bateman, and Jennifer Beck, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this joint statement following the committee’s rejection of Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

Once again, the committee’s majority has applied unsound arguments and unreasonable standards to the confirmation process to mask partisan, ideological motives for rejecting a well-qualified nominee.

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Bateman Responds to Criticism of Harris on Same Sex Marriage Recusal

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following response to statements made by various individuals criticizing Supreme Court nominee Bruce Harris for his stated intent to recuse himself on cases regarding the establishment of same sex marriage in New Jersey:

Any judge in this state is required to follow the New Jersey Court Rules, which read as follows:

“The judge of any court shall be disqualified on the courts own motion and shall not sit in any matter if the judge: (d) has given an opinion upon a matter in question in the action.” (N.J. Court Rules 1:12-1 (2012))

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Bateman Submits Bill to Deter Child Sex Trafficking

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Sussex, has submitted legislation to criminalize the act of making and publishing commercial sex advertisements that depict minors.

“It is utterly incomprehensible to abuse children in sex advertisements and to publish those ads for a buck,” Bateman said. “What is just as deplorable is that this abuse-for-profit also directly promotes the crimes of human sex trafficking and prostitution involving minors.”

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