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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Media Advisory: Bateman to Keynote Somerset/Hunterdon Drug Court Graduation

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) will be the keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Somerset and Hunterdon County Drug Court Graduation Ceremony.

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Panel Passes Bateman Bill to Revise Driving Penalty, Point System

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The Senate Transportation Committee today advanced Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s measure to revise and clarify New Jersey’s unsafe driving penalties.

“This balanced measure clarifies unsafe driving statute to finally assure a consistent interpretation by practitioners, courts and the state Motor Vehicle Commission,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “It provides motorists with a limited opportunity to pay enhanced fees to avoid the imposition of penalty points on their driver’s licenses. These points often cause auto insurance rates to rise at a much higher cost than fines.”

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Senate Approves Bateman Bill to Upgrade False Incrimination, Reporting Charges

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The full Senate approved today bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset) to upgrade penalties for falsely incriminating another person and for filing a fictitious report.

“This is a public protection measure on many fronts,” Bateman said. “It is a crime deterrent by fitting the offense with comparable jail time and fines. It saves public resources, which are needlessly squandered when law enforcement officers investigate what are actually fake cases and reports. Public safety officials are concerned with more than enough legitimate crime, duties and services.”

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Gov. Christie to Consider Bipartisan Bateman Measure to Establish a Conditional Dismissal Program in Municipal Court

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The state Senate today approved bipartisan 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 allows a broader range of first-time offenders to benefit from services to more quickly turn around their lives,” Bateman said. “This balanced measure includes rigorous eligibility and program requirements to assure public safety.”

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Bateman/Ciattarelli/Simon: Grants Will Improve Safety, Services at Central Jersey Airport

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The 16th District Delegation Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assembly Republicans Jack M. Ciattarelli and Donna Simon said today that grants to the Central Jersey Airport in Hillsborough are an important investment in the region’s economy and transportation system.

“Central Jersey Regional Airport is an asset to our area’s economy,” Bateman, R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex said. “This state investment will ensure that this facility continues to thrive for years to come.”

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Senate Approves ‘Peter J. Biondi Bypass’

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s legislation to dedicate the U.S. Route 206 bypass in Hillsborough Township to Peter J. Biondi, the late Assemblyman who recently lost his battle with cancer, was approved today by the full Senate.

“I am thankful my Senate colleagues back this memorial for my former district mate — a dedicated public servant on so many levels,” Bateman said. “Anyone who worked with U.S. Army veteran Biondi realizes that we should commemorate this gregarious, loving family man and community volunteer, who did so much for his country, state, county and town.”

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Courier-Post, Daily Record Back Beck/Bateman Bill To Dump Teen Driver Decals

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Republican Senators Jennifer Beck and Christopher “Kip” Bateman are pushing for their bill S-1587 to overturn the requirement that young drivers holding a graduated license display a red decal on their vehicle, thus making them vulnerable to predators. An Aug. 6, 2012 state Supreme Court’s decision upheld the constitutionality of “Kyleigh’s Law,” which includes that red sticker provision.

The Courier-Post and Daily Record are backing Beck/Bateman’s effort to dump driver decals. On Aug. 7, 2012, the newspapers published their positions within the following editorial:

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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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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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