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Senator Kip Bateman

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A Word from the Sponsors: Senate Republicans Call for Passage of Unfinished Toolkit Bills

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Senator Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) on S-2026 and S-2027:

“The historic arbitration reform enacted by the legislature earlier this month should not overshadow the fact that local governments still lack many of the tools necessary to reign in property taxes. We owe it to every taxpayer in this state to give local officials all of the cost-cutting tools the Senate President himself acknowledged were necessary just this past summer. Most importantly, we owe it to our children to improve affordability and access to post-secondary educational opportunities at our state colleges and universities.”

Senator Kip Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) on S-2039 and S-2172:

“Civil service reform without an opt-out provision for municipalities is no reform at all. SB 2039 provides real relief to taxpayers by allowing municipalities and counties to do away with an antiquated and inefficient civil service system that has far outlived its usefulness. Civil service is a relic of an era that did not offer workers the protections they now enjoy under state and federal labor laws. It is time to give local governments a choice as to whether or not they continue to participate in a system that in many cases drives up personnel costs and property taxes.

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Bateman Urges Supreme Court to Reexamine Affordable Housing Requirements

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) introduced a resolution today urging the State Supreme Court to use the “growth share methodology” as a way to determine how many affordable housing units a municipality needs. With growth share, the amount of housing a municipality must build is determined as a percentage of the amount of market-rate growth it experiences.

“The market should dictate how much affordable housing a town needs, ” stated Bateman. “As a town grows so should their affordable housing. The way it is done now, a town’s affordable housing obligation comes from mathematical calculations from Trenton that are unrealistic and unaffordable.”

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Bateman Appointed to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R- Somerset) is pleased to announce his appointment by Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) to the New Jersey Senate’s Law and Public Safety Committee.

“Preserving our quality of life in New Jersey means, first and foremost, keeping our communities safe,” said Senator Bateman. “Lawmakers cannot and should not rest until every citizen is able to go to sleep at night knowing that their streets are safe and that in the midst of an emergency, government is able to respond swiftly and effectively. As the most densely populated state in America and one that faces unique security threats due to geography, New Jersey’s public safety needs are unique. I am eager to work with my colleagues on the committee to ensure that even in the midst of significant financial challenges, our public safety and law enforcement agencies are empowered by to protect the residents of this state.”

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Bateman Bill to Protect Law Enforcement Animals Clears Senate

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Legislation written by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) enhancing penalties for threatening animals used by law enforcement agencies has cleared the Senate.

“Dogs, horses, and other animals used by law enforcement serve critical functions not only in pursuing and apprehending criminals, but as goodwill ambassadors to the community,” said Senator Bateman. “Countless hours and dollars are invested in their training and maintenance, and have proven wildly effective in activities ranging from search and rescue to narcotics and explosives detection. These animals are treated as members of their respective departments while on duty, and those who threaten or seek to do them should face more severe punishment than the current law allows.”

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Bateman Announces $441,527 School Construction Award

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) announced today that the Branchburg school district has been awarded $441,527 in grants through the school construction; Regular Operating District Grant Program.

“I am pleased to announce that the Branchburg School District has been awarded state funds to update and modernize critical infrastructure throughout the district,” Bateman stated. “These state funds are necessary to ensure that our kids have a safe, comfortable environment to achieve their highest potential.”

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Bateman Clean Water Protection Bill Signed Into Law

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Legislation, S-2003, sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman that would fund clean water projects throughout the state was signed into law by the governor today. Senator Bateman is the senior Republican member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

“New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the union,” Bateman stated. “It is very important, because of this density, that the state take all possible measures to ensure that our drinking water is safe.”

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Senate Republicans’ Statement on S-2139

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Senators Diane Allen, Kip Bateman, Andrew Ciesla, Chris Connors, Sean Kean and Robert Singer issued the following statement:

“Protecting women’s health is a vital priority for all of us. Contained in this year’s budget are critical investments in early cancer detection programs including mammograms. Over $20 million is dedicated to serve low-income women and children with chronic diseases, birth defects and special health care needs such as Cystic Fibrosis; childhood lead poisoning screening and environmental inspections of homes with suspected lead hazards; prenatal care; fetal alcohol syndrome; and hemophilia treatments. These critical investments were a major part of our collective decision to support the budget.

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Bateman COAH Reform Passes Senate

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Affordable Housing Restructuring Leads to More Opportunity and Flexibility

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) issued the following statement today regarding the passage of groundbreaking affordable housing reform:

“This new measure strikes a fair, reasonable and common-sense balance that serves the needs of all New Jersey residents. Upon implementation, municipalities will be allowed to adapt new affordable housing developments to each municipality’s unique circumstances and needs.

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Bateman Bill Protecting Homeowners Clears Committee

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Requires Large Scale Electrical Infrastructure Projects Be 300 Feet from Residentially Zoned Areas

Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) that would prohibit electric public utilities from expanding a switching station by installing one or more 500-kilovolt capacitor banks within 300 feet of the property line of any area zoned for residential use was unanimously passed by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee today.

“People who purchase a home to live, raise a family, or retire in should be protected from having a large energy facility expanded right next door,” Bateman stated. “This is a common-sense bill that will protect the value, privacy and quality of life in homes across the state.”

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Bateman Praises Supreme Court Pick, Looks Forward to Hearings

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, praised Governor Christie’s selection of Anne Patterson to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

“The Governor’s nomination of Anne Patterson to the Supreme Court shows that he is serious about putting the most qualified individuals on the bench. Ms. Patterson has a rock-solid reputation as one of the brightest legal minds in our state. Governor Christie could not have picked a more qualified individual to serve on the Supreme Court.

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