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Now Law: Varsity Letter Bill Sponsored by Allen & Bateman

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High school students in New Jersey who compete in activities other than athletics will also have the opportunity to earn varsity letters, now that a bill sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Kip Bateman has become law.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Diane Allen expands the opportunity for students to earn varsity letters. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The amount of school spirit, team work and dedication it takes to earn a varsity letter cannot be understated or undervalued,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “There are champions deserving of varsity letters in classrooms throughout New Jersey – and they aren’t all athletes. Now that our bill has become law, I hope more schools will take advantage of this opportunity encourage our students to excel in every aspect of their lives.”

“We see it happen every season. Athletes and musicians work together to win competitions and build school spirit – but more often than not, only one of these groups gets to wear a Letterman’s jacket after the game,” Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) said. “All of these students put in the same time and energy. Honoring artistic and academic competitors in the same meaningful way we honor athletes is the right thing to do.”

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Bateman Bill Creating Registry of People With Special Needs for Emergency Responders Advances

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill establishing a central registry of people with special needs so that first responders can better serve them during an emergency has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill creates a central registry of people with special needs that emergency responders would use to help during an emergency or natural disaster. (SenateNJ.com)

“Minutes can mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost. A central registry allows police officers, firefighters or EMS workers to plan ahead for how to provide the best and most expedient care possible to a person with special needs,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Some towns have already set up local registries that are used during natural disasters, medical emergencies, or when a person with special needs goes missing. We need to make sure every emergency unit Statewide has access to this lifesaving information.”

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Bateman Applauds Release of New Statewide Water Supply Plan

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) commended the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for releasing a draft of its first new Statewide Water Supply Plan in more than 20 years and pledged to continue working to protect the state’s water resources.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman commended the DEP for releasing a new Statewide Water Supply Plan. (Pixabay)

“Although this was long overdue, I was happy to see this new plan announced,” Senator Bateman said. “The Water Supply Plan is a crucial tool in helping us address drought emergencies. Now that it’s been updated, we can use it as a guide to prepare ourselves for the water demands of the future, plan for development and protect the environment.”

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Bateman: DEP Ruling Proves PennEast Can’t Build Pipeline Unless We Let Them

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Following the NJ DEP’s decision to reject a permit application submitted by PennEast that is necessary for construction to begin, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman urged homeowners to stand strong in opposition to the pipeline.

Sen. Kip Bateman lauded the NJ DEP’s ruling to reject PennEast’s water permit application and urged property owners to continue to block PennEast from surveying their land. (SenateNJ.com)

“The DEP made the right call. It is astounding that PennEast would even attempt to file an application, when 70 percent of property owners refused to let the company survey their land,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “I strongly urge every homeowner to remember that PennEast has no legal right to trespass on your property. Don’t back down now. We could be 30 days away from winning this fight. The DEP’s ruling proves that PennEast can’t build this pipeline unless we let them.”

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Bateman Voices Opposition to Central Jersey Natural Gas Compressor Project

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Middlesex, Mercer, Hunterdon, Somerset) voiced his opposition to a portion of the Williams Transco Northeast Supply Enhancement project that would put a massive natural gas compressor in central New Jersey, joining the Middlesex and Somerset county freeholder boards who came out against the proposed project this week.

Sen. Kip Bateman joined the growing opposition to a natural gas transmission project that includes a massive new compressor in central New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

“The people of Middlesex and Somerset counties don’t want this project,” Senator Bateman said. “It could have a negative effect on property values, and it could be invasive on our communities. Residents are worried it might even be dangerous.”

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Bateman Resolution Urging Authorities to Investigate, Ensure Accountability for Superfund Site Cleanup Liability Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Bob Smith in the Senate and Assemblyman Tim Eustace in the Assembly urging relevant federal and State authorities to investigate actions taken by an Argentinian state-owned oil company to discharge Superfund obligations through bankruptcy proceedings advanced in a joint legislative committee meeting on April 18, 2017.

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

“This is a clear attempt by YPF S.A. to avoid responsibility for this immense clean-up and to shift the cost to New Jersey taxpayers,” said Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex.) “We’ve worked for years to advance measures that preserve our invaluable open space and ensure future New Jerseyans can live in a clean and healthy environment. We cannot allow businesses that have profited by creating some of the most polluted sites in our state to avoid their financial obligations to clean up the messes they created.”

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Bateman Calls for School Funding Reform to Help Massively Underfunded Districts

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said that Manville Mayor Richard Onderko’s testimony at a bipartisan school funding roundtable in Parsippany yesterday demonstrates the urgent need to reform the state’s broken school funding formula.

Manville, a borough within Senator Bateman’s district, is the eighth most underfunded school district in New Jersey.

Sen. Kip Bateman said there is an urgent need to reform the state’s broken school funding formula that massively underfunds many NJ school districts, including Manville – a town he represents that is also the 8th most underfunded district in the State. (Wikimedia Commons)

“A lot has changed in Manville since the State enacted the School Funding Reform Act in 2008,” Senator Bateman said. “Years of underfunding have forced the school district to cut programs and lay off dedicated teachers, despite steady enrollment. Severe flooding events have caused property values to plummet. Businesses and families are leaving because they can’t afford skyrocketing flood insurance premiums on top of a mortgage and rising property taxes.

“If the SFRA was distributing aid as intended, Manville families would be getting the property tax relief they need to stay in their homes, and their children would have a fair shot at a quality education. We need a fair school funding formula to ensure that every town, especially communities like Manville that have lost so much of their tax base, get the State aid they deserve and not a penny less.”

“Manville receives less state aid this year than we received back in 2010, even with student enrollment up over 100 students,” Mayor Onderko said. “A positive school aid adjustment would help stabilize property taxes and allow for a quality education to be offered to our students without cutting curriculum and teachers. Unfortunately, we cannot wait 3-5 years for a new funding school formula. Manville may be the ‘forgotten town’ when it comes to flood mitigation. We cannot afford to become the ‘forgotten town’ in acquiring more State aid for our schools.”

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Bateman/Ciattarelli Fight to Hold Judges Accountable for Violations of Public Trust

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Effort Launched in Response to Judge’s Questionable Actions Following South Brunswick Affordable Housing Ruling

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli announced that they are exploring solutions to prevent judges from violating the public’s trust after they leave the bench.

Bateman and Ciattarelli (R-16) are taking action in light of reports that just days after retiring, a Superior Court judge began working for a real estate developer who could benefit financially from the judge’s recent decision to drastically increase South Brunswick’s affordable housing obligations.

Following reports that an NJ Superior Court judge began working for a real estate developer who could benefit from one of his rulings, Sen. Kip Bateman and Asm. Jack Ciattarelli are taking action to prevent judges from violating the public’s trust. (©iStock)

“At the very least, Judge Wolfson’s actions have cast a shadow on an affordable housing ruling that could decimate South Brunswick,” Senator Bateman said. “Now our fear is that the apparent personal benefit he stands to derive from that ruling will also damage the general public’s trust in the judiciary as a whole. New Jersey residents should not have to question whether court decisions are made impartially and in the interests of justice.”

“The New Jersey Supreme Court should honor its responsibility to regulate judicial conduct by taking a hard look at what happened in South Brunswick,” Assemblyman Ciattarelli said. “If no violations are found, then the Supreme Court should take this opportunity to evaluate whether the rules need to change. The Court would be wise to consider regulations that at the very least impose a ‘distancing period’ before former judges can appear back in court on matters that allow them to benefit from their own previous rulings.”

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Bateman Vows to Continue Fight PennEast Pipeline After It Clears FERC Hurdle

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Although the project just cleared another hurdle in the approval process by the Federal Regulatory Commission (FERC), Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) vowed to continue to push back against the controversial PennEast Pipeline.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman said despite it recently clearing a hurdle in the federal approval process, the fight against the PennEast Pipeline is not over. (PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC)

“This fight is far from over,” Senator Bateman said. “From the very beginning, our residents have made it clear that they don’t want this pipeline cutting through their communities, and there’s no reason to give up now. There’s a long way to go before this project gets final approval.”

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Bateman Calls for Action as Drought Warning Continues

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Following recent reports that New Jersey’s drought is still in effect despite a winter full of precipitation and foul weather, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman again called for the state’s residents and leaders to do whatever they can to help conserve water.

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman urged residents and state leaders to find ways to conserve water as a drought continues. (Pixabay)

“Most of the state just spent the last week digging out of a big snowstorm, and the rest was no stranger to wet storms this winter, but it still doesn’t look like this drought is going anywhere anytime soon,” Senator Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) said. “We all need to make an effort to conserve water and implement a statewide plan to address this drought.”

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