New Jersey's 16th Legislative District

Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Requiring Smart Thermostats in All New Homes Passes Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman requiring the installation of a smart thermostat in all new residential construction.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would require the installation of a smart thermostat in every new home. (SenateNJ)

“It is very expensive to purchase a house in New Jersey, especially for first-time homeowners who are just starting out. Factor in the high cost of utilities, and that dream becomes nearly impossible to achieve,” Senator Bateman, (R-16) said. “Requiring smart thermostats in every new home will significantly decrease New Jersey’s energy usage and make living here that much more affordable for those who can help secure a strong economic future for our state.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Mike Doherty

Bateman & Doherty on Judge’s Decision to Block Statehouse Renovations Lawsuit

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senate Republicans Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty released the following statements on a State Superior Court judge’s ruling against their lawsuit to halt Governor Christie’s multi-million dollar Statehouse renovations.

Sens. Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty are speaking out following State Superior Court Judge Jacobson’s June 14, 2017 decision to rule against their lawsuit to stop Gov. Christie’s multi-million dollar Statehouse renovations. (Wikimedia Commons)

“I am very disappointed in the judge’s decision. New Jersey taxpayers deserve better,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “The Christie administration was clearly intent on denying the public the opportunity to speak out against this costly boondoggle. It is a shame that, once again, taxpayers statewide will bear the brunt of a poor decision made without their approval in Trenton.”

“Judge Jacobson got it wrong,”  Senator Doherty (R-23) said. “The Whitman case she cited was addressed when we passed the Lance amendment, so that voters would always, without exception, have the right to approve extremely expensive projects like the Statehouse renovations.  We still can’t get a straight answer on how much this is going to cost. The Governor’s insistence on pushing forward with this project regardless of public opinion, and the judge’s decision to allow it, flies in the face of our constitutional obligation to be transparent with New Jersey taxpayers. The Legislature and the people we represent have a right to know how we are spending their money. This ruling is a setback, but our fight is far from over.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill to Curb Pet Theft Passes Senate Budget Committee

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Bill Creates Third Degree Criminal Offense for Trafficking Stolen Pets

Legislation sponsored Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman establishing strong criminal penalties for trafficking stolen pets has passed the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill creates a third degree criminal offense for trafficking stolen pets. There is no current law addressing dealing in stolen animals. (©iStock.com)

“Losing your pet is traumatic enough, but fearing that they might be suffering at a puppy mill, dog fighting, or subjected to medical research is more than any loving caregiver can bare,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “We have to do something to deter people from committing this heartless crime and the penalties established under current law are not nearly strong enough to do so. Anyone who is cruel enough to steal and deal an innocent animal must be subjected to the harshest punishment possible.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Resolution Calling on Authorities to Investigate, Ensure Accountability for Superfund Site Cleanup Liability Clears Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

A resolution sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Bob Smith and urging relevant federal and State authorities to investigate actions taken by an Argentinian state-owned oil company to discharge Superfund obligations through bankruptcy proceedings was approved by the Senate.

View of the Passaic River from the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site in Newark, NJ. (Flickr)

The resolution, SR-107/AR-219, urges the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation to examine actions taken by YPF S.A., and its subsidiary Maxus Energy Corporation, to use United States bankruptcy proceedings in an apparent attempt to avoid responsibility for environmental liabilities related to the cleanup of the Diamond Alkali Superfund site, the Passaic River, and other Superfund sites in New Jersey. The resolution also calls on the United States Attorney General and the New Jersey Attorney General to investigate any potential violations of federal or State law by YPF S.A. and Maxus, including any violations of the federal or State racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) acts, and to pursue all appropriate legal remedies.

Continue Reading…

Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Sam Thompson

Allen, Bateman, Thompson Bills to Reduce Food Waste Passed by Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

A group of bills sponsored by Senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) and Senator Sam Thompson (R-Burlington, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth) aimed at reducing waste were passed by the New Jersey Senate.

Bills sponsored Sen. Diane Allen, Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Sam Thompson would help reduce food waste. (Flickr)

“Cutting back on waste at our schools and other institutions is a crucial part of getting more food to people who need it,” Senator Allen said. “Every day, so much food is just tossed out. That can’t be acceptable in a state where so many still struggle with food insecurity.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Tax Credit for Smart Thermostat Usage Passes Senate

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to provide a gross income tax credit to cover 50 percent of the cost of purchasing and installing a “smart thermostat.”

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would provide a gross income tax credit to cover 50% of the cost of purchasing and installing a smart thermostat. (SenateNJ)

“Smart thermostats are widely available, affordable and easy to use. These energy saving devices can help homeowners cut heating and cooling costs by up to 20 percent,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Providing tax credits for smart thermostats will give homeowners even more of a reason to make an investment that can ease the burden energy usage has on their wallet and the environment.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Passes Bateman’s ‘Water Quality Accountability Act’

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Bill Ensures Public Water Systems Protect Consumers from Unsafe Drinking Water and Cyber-Attacks on Utilities

The New Jersey Senate has passed 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 infrastructure improvements and inspections.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s “Water Quality Accountability Act” would protect people from unsafe drinking water by requiring all public water systems to establish a cyber-security program and a plan for making infrastructure improvements and inspections. (Pixabay)

“As many 4.5 million people in New Jersey rely on suppliers that have broken federal rules meant to keep contaminants out of our water. That is unacceptable,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “People are becoming more and more concerned about harmful bacteria and cancer-causing chemicals leeching into our water, and given these reports, they have every reason to feel this way. This act will hold all public water systems accountable for making the improvements necessary to ensure consumer safety. We simply cannot take chances when it comes to protecting the health of our residents.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Establishing Safe Zones for Craigslist Purchases Passes Committee

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

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.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Mike Doherty

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

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

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.

Continue Reading…

Senator Kip Bateman

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

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

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.

Continue Reading…

District 16 Guide

Kip Bateman

Kip's Bio & Public Service

Constituent Services

Kip Can Help You!

Contact Kip

Kip Wants to Hear from You!

Directions

Getting to Kip's Office

District 16

About the Legislative District

Email Updates

Sign Up for Kip's Newsletter

Facebook

Follow Kip's Page

Internships

Students - Get Involved

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Twitter

Tweet @kipbateman

- Proudly Serving Parts of Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties -