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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Establishing Safe Zones for Craigslist Purchases Passes Committee

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Permits Local Police to Designate “Safe Exchange Zones” for Internet Purchases; Creates Public Awareness Campaign

The Senate Law and Public Safety Committee has passed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon) to allow local police departments to designate safe zones where people can meet to complete sales transactions arranged on websites, such as Craigslist.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would allow local police to designate “safe exchange zones” where people can publicly complete transactions arranged on websites, such as Craigslist. The bill would also establish a public awareness campaign. (Princeton PD)

“Giving out your home address to a stranger on the internet can be very dangerous, but that’s often what people have to do in order to buy or sell something on Craigslist,” Senator Bateman said. “You shouldn’t have to put your life in harm’s way to get a great deal on a car or a collectible. Many police departments already give local residents the option to use the station lobby or parking lot to safely complete online transactions. This needs to become a statewide practice.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Lesniak, Doherty, & Bateman: Christie Admin Reveals in Court Meeting on Lawsuit that State House Renovation Bonds Have Already Been Sold

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Say Quick Bond Sale Highlights Administration’s Effort to Avoid Transparency & Accountability

Senators Ray Lesniak (D-20), Mike Doherty (R-23), and Kip Bateman (R-16) blasted a revelation made by the Christie Administration in court today that bonds to finance a $300 million State House renovation were sold on May 11th, the same day the financing plan was approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA).

Sens. Lesniak, Doherty, and Bateman blasted a revelation made by the Christie Administration in court that bonds to finance a $300 million State House renovation were sold on May 11th, the same day the financing plan was approved by the NJEDA. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Lesniak called it a calculated effort by Governor Christie and the NJEDA to avoid public scrutiny, “This is a shameful act by both Governor Christie and the NJEDA Commissioners. Apparently they have no shame.”

“In an effort to avoid transparency and accountability, the governor must have set a new record for the speed with which bonds were sold after the NJEDA rubber stamped his expensive renovation plan,” said Doherty. “This is a clear sign that the Christie Administration didn’t want to give legislators or the public even a moment to review or challenge this expensive State House renovation.”

News of the bond sale was revealed by the defense team representing the Christie Administration during a scheduling meeting in New Jersey Superior Court with Judge Mary Jacobson to discuss the lawsuit filed this week by Lesniak, Doherty, and Bateman that seeks to halt the project.

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Bateman Bill to Hold Public Water Accountable for Consumer Safety Passes Budget Committee

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The Senate Budget Committee has advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to improve the safety of New Jersey’s drinking water by holding public water systems accountable for making improvements and inspections.

In order to protect consumers from unsafe drinking water, Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would require all public water systems to establish a cyber-security program and a plan for making infrastructure improvements and inspections. (Pixabay)

Cyber-attacks on public utilities have already happened in other parts of the country. We cannot let it happen in New Jersey,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “A well-organized attack has the potential to deprive countless families of water within minutes.  Requiring action plans to identify vulnerabilities and respond to an attack if it happens will ensure all utilities are equipped to address 21st century threats.”

S-2834, which will be known as the “Water Quality Accountability Act,” would require all public water systems to establish a cyber-security program, as well as an asset management plan designed to inspect, maintain, and repair water infrastructure.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Bateman & Doherty Join Lawsuit to Stop $300 Million State House Renovation Project

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Cost to New Jersey Taxpayers Could Reach $750 Million without Legislative or Voter Approval

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) joined with Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) to file a lawsuit today to stop an expensive New Jersey State House renovation project that was initiated without legislative or voter approval.

Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Mike Doherty joined on the filing of a lawsuit today to stop an expensive New Jersey State House renovation project that could cost state taxpayers as much as $750 million without legislative or voter approval. (Wikimedia Commons)

The civil complaint filed in New Jersey Superior Court alleges that actions undertaken by the State Capitol Joint Management Commission, Treasury Department, and New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) related to the renovation plan violate the Debt Limitation, Appropriations and Separation of Powers clauses of the New Jersey Constitution.

“While the law is clear that the plan to borrow $300 million to fund the State House renovation must be approved by both voters and the Legislature, the governor’s convoluted and unconstitutional financing arrangement takes that choice away from both taxpayers and their elected representatives,” said Doherty. “Our lawsuit seeks to hold the governor accountable and halt this boondoggle of a project. We’re fighting to ensure that New Jersey taxpayers have both transparency and choice as to how their money is spent.”

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Advanced: Bateman Bill to Convert Street Lights to LEDs

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) to replace outdated, conventional street lights with more efficient LED lights was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to convert the state’s street lights to LEDs was advanced by a senate panel.(Wikimedia Commons)

“LED lights use less power and last a lot longer than conventional lights,” Senator Bateman said. “The state and our municipalities could save a lot of money in energy and maintenance costs once this change is made.”

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Bateman Proclaims First Ever ‘NJ Public Gardens & Arboretum Day’ at National Historic Landmark

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Elected Officials, Industry Leaders, Advocates Gather in Princeton to Celebrate Bateman Resolution Establishing “New Jersey Public Gardens & Arboretum Day”

On May 11, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) proclaimed the first annual “New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” before a large crowd at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, New Jersey.

On Monday, May 11, Sen. Kip Bateman proclaimed ‘New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day’ before a large crowd at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, New Jersey. Pictured: Bob Heitzman, President NJ Nursery & Landscape Association; Senator Bateman; and Jeannie Geremia, VP Garden Club of NJ. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a longtime advocate of environmental protection and historical preservation, I have dedicated much of my time in public service to ensuring our children and grandchildren can continue to call New Jersey the ‘Garden State,’” Senator Bateman said. “This would not be possible without the dedicated conservationists, researchers and educators at public gardens like Morven Museum and Garden. It is our hope that recognizing New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day will encourage our residents to visit these treasured institutions, and experience firsthand the lasting positive impact they have had on our state.”

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Gov. Signs Bateman Bill Adding School Nurse Certification Requirements

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Governor Christie has signed Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill requiring the State to institute tougher training and educational standards for securing a school nurse certification, including new clinical experience requirements.

Gov. Christie on May 11 signed Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to institute tougher requirements for school nurse certification. The new clinical experience education and training requirements are designed to enable school nurses to better serve children Statewide. (Flickr)

“School nurses are often the first people to identify the early signs of a serious behavioral health or physical condition. For a child living below the poverty line, a school nurse may be the only health professional they see,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “The new hands-on training requirements mandated under this law will ensure all school nurses are fully prepared to provide the highest level of care for children with unique and complex needs.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY (5/11): Bateman to Proclaim First Ever NJ Public Gardens Day in Princeton

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On May 11, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman will proclaim the first ever “New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” at a public ceremony at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton. The event is open to the public and the media.

Sen. Kip Bateman will proclaim the first ever “NJ Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” at a public ceremony on May 11 at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, NJ. (Garden State Gardens)

Who: Senator Kip Bateman, State Officials, Members of the Garden State Gardens Consortium, and Industry Leaders

What: Ceremony Proclaiming the First-Ever NJ Public Gardens and Arboretum Day

When: Thursday, May 11th at 10 a.m.

Where: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 03540 

Availability: Open

Event Contact: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; Morven Museum & Garden, (609) 924-8144

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Media Advisory: Bateman to Host Blood Drive in Somerville on Thursday

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) is hosting a blood drive on Thursday to collect much needed donations for the Robert Wood Johnson Steeplechase Cancer Center. Donating is quick and easy, and open to anyone older than 17, or 16 with parental consent.

Sen. Kip Bateman to host blood drive at RWJ Steeplechase Cancer Center on Thursday, May 11. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve had many successful drives in the past, with every available appointment filled. I hope we can do that again, but we need your help,” Senator Bateman said. “This blood is desperately needed. By giving just a little blood and a little time you can help save lives.”

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Bateman Speaks Out Against Raiding Horizon’s Reserves

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) released the following statement in opposition to Governor Christie’s proposed legislation to use Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s reserve funds.

Sen. Kip Bateman said Gov. Christie’s proposal to raid Horizon’s reserve funds is completely irresponsible and could put the health and safety of millions of New Jersey residents at risk. (iStock)

“Governor Christie’s proposal to raid Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s reserves is completely irresponsible,” Senator Bateman said. “Nearly half of all New Jerseyans are Horizon customers, including some of our most vulnerable residents. I will not support legislation that could put their health and welfare at risk.

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