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Senator Kip Bateman

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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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Due to Sweeney’s Ban on Republican Representation, Bateman, Oroho Give Sponsorship of Vital Public Safety Bills to Norcross

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In order to protect children and families, and due to Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s ongoing ban on Republican representation, Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Steven Oroho announced today that they have relinquished prime sponsorship of two vital bills to Senator Don Norcross (D-Camden).

Senator Sweeney was quoted in media reports that he would block all Senate Republican legislation indefinitely, disenfranchising some 2.5 million residents represented by Republican Senators. His move has been criticized by newspaper editorial boards across the state. For example, the South Jersey Times stated that Sweeney “has basically declared that his house won’t consider any bill sponsored by a Republican, even local measures that any good lawmaker would sponsor for his or her district.”

The Senate Republican caucus maintains the people’s needs are more important than credit or politics. A rundown of today’s legislation sponsorship changes is as follows:

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Local Families, Bucco, Bateman, Beck Urge Democrats to Immediately Advance Bill to Close Hazardous Fenimore Landfill

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Senators: It Is Imperative to Immediately Advance Bill, Which Can Be Amended If Necessary in the Process

Dozens of Morris County residents and local officials attended today’s Senate Environment and Energy Committee hearing in hopes that Senate Democrats will allow a vote on Senator Anthony Bucco’s Senate bill 2617 to close the hazardous Fenimore Landfill in Roxbury Township.

Senate Democrats removed this bill from the committee’s May 20 agenda due to the Senate President’s politically charged emotions and then denied it a vote during today’s and for this coming Monday’s hearings.

Video: Roxbury Twp. Families Call on NJ Senate to Pass Bucco Legislation to Close Fenimore Landfill

“I am utterly dismayed that Senate Democrats have obeyed orders based on lingering politically charged emotions, rather than protecting children and families from a compounding health hazard,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “This bill should have been advanced as scheduled at the May 20 committee meeting and not withdrawn just because the Senate President felt angry. Today’s meeting should not have been a no-vote hearing on a longstanding issue; it should have been to advance legislation to solve this dangerous problem. And there’s no reason why it can’t advance on Monday.”

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Bateman-Ciattarelli-Simon Tour N.J. Center for Tourette Syndrome, Marking National Awareness Month

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Hoping to raise awareness for Tourette Syndrome during National Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month, 16th District legislators Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly members Jack M. Ciattarelli and Donna Simon recently toured the NJ Center for Tourette Syndrome DNA Sharing Repository at Rutgers University.

“Rutgers University’s Cell and DNA Repository is at the forefront of groundbreaking research being done with Tourette Syndrome, a disorder too often mischaracterized and stigmatized,” Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, said. “I’m extremely proud to have the center and many dedicated researchers located at Rutgers and look forward to helping raise awareness about the syndrome and the work being done here.”

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Bateman-Ciattarelli-Simon’s Effort to Rename Portion of Rt. 206 in Hillsborough for Peter J. Biondi Earns Final Legislative Approval

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The General Assembly approved today bipartisan legislation sponsored by the 16th District delegation Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly members Jack M. Ciattarelli and Donna Simon to dedicate the U.S. Route 206 bypass in Hillsborough to the late Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi.

“Peter Biondi lived the life of a true public servant, dedicating his life to work for the residents of Somerset County and Hillsborough,” said Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex. “From serving as a volunteer firefighter, to mentoring young political candidates to serving in the Assembly, Biondi worked tirelessly to better the lives of others.”

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Bateman Applauds Readington Fire Grant

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) on Monday joined Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) to announce a $43,650 federal security grant for the Readington Volunteer Fire Company.

On Monday, April 29, 2013, Senator Bateman (far left) joined Congressman Leonard Lance (front, center) and several Readington Fire Company volunteers for a grant announcement at the fire company’s Hillcrest Road station.

“Readington rescuers are well-deserved of this essential communications investment to improve their already commendable community service,” Bateman said. “Volunteer firefighters are among the purest public servants and we will continue to do everything possible to help them obtain more resources to save lives.”

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Bateman, Ciattarelli, Simon: JCP&L Must Face All Customers Before Raising Rates

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The District 16 Legislators Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, and Assembly members Jack M. Ciattarelli and Donna Simon, called on Jersey Central Power & Light to expand its public hearings on a proposed rate increase to include ratepayers in their 16th Legislative District, which includes Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer and Middlesex counties.

“It is cowardly and wrong to try to raise utility rates without confronting residents in each district,” said Bateman. “District 16 ratepayers have as much right as anyone to have a voice in this concerning process.”

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Fake Pot Now Illegal With Signing of Bateman Bill

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A bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to criminalize the manufacture, sale and possession of synthetic marijuana was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Christie.

“Synthetic marijuana is ubiquitous and poses dangerous side effects,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex). “Fake pot can cause violent seizures, elevated heart rates and death.”

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