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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: “Senate Democrats Continue to Defend the Indefensible on Sick Leave Payouts”

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South Brunswick Borrowed $500K to Pay 18 Retiring Employees

With the Senate scheduled to consider an agenda on April 28th, 2011 that excludes the elimination of sick leave payouts to public employees, Senator Kip Bateman (R- Somerset) said Majority Democrats are defending waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars:

“By failing to schedule a vote on the elimination of jackpot sick leave payouts for public employees, the Majority continues to defend the indefensible,” said Senator Bateman. “It is totally incomprehensible why they would go to such great lengths to protect this sort of abuse of the taxpayers.”

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Bateman: Early Release Program is Threat to Public Safety

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Calls For An Immediate Senate Vote On Repeal Measure

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris), a member of both the Senate’s Judiciary and Law and Public Safety committees, has endorsed legislation ending New Jersey’s early release program which makes some prisoners who have passed their parole date and have less than six months on their sentences eligible to be released and called for a floor vote on legislation repealing the law at the next Senate Voting Session on April 28th.

Governor Corzine signed the law allowing early release in the final hours of his term as Governor.

“I voted against this law last year and I support its immediate repeal today. The program does crippling damage in the public’s faith that government is doing all it can to protect them from violent offenders,” Bateman stated.

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Bateman Applauds Funding of Local Transportation Projects

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) voiced his support today for the $14 million worth of local transportation projects in the 16th district announced by the Department of Transportation.

“Fixing and upgrading our infrastructure is a public necessity for our region and an overall benefit for the state, ” Bateman said. “These investments will make our roads, highways and bridges safer for families, generate businesses activity for local merchants and create hundreds of needed jobs during construction. I applaud the Governor for recognizing that these projects are a priority and for allocating adequate funding.”

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Bateman: State House Rally of Police and Firefighters Is “Wake-Up Call” for Civil Service Reform

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In response to a recent rally by police and firefighters outside the New Jersey State House in Trenton, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) renewed his push for civil service reforms that will produce the savings needed to keep those vital public servants at their jobs.

“The rally should be a wake-up call to Democrats to stop stonewalling and pass comprehensive civil service reform,” stated Bateman. “In these tough economic times, towns and cities throughout New Jersey are struggling with the inflexibility of the current civil service bureaucracy that makes it impossible to cut costs and balance budgets without laying off employees, including police and firefighters. Civil service reform is not a cure-all, but it certainly would help towns lower their costs and allow many of these men and women to continue serving their communities.”

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Bateman Bill Would Help Seniors Renew Their Driver’s License

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A bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) that would allow seniors to establish his or her identity for the purpose of renewing a driver’s license by affidavit rather than by producing a birth certificate was unanimously passed by the Senate Transportation Committee today.

“When renewing their drivers license, the primary document required by the Motor Vehicle Commission places a hardship on many senior citizens who have trouble finding their birth certificates, ” Bateman stated. “This legislation gives seniors more options to verify their identity and legally renew their driver’s licenses.”

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Bateman Supports Governor’s Disciplined Budget Message

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) issued the flowing statement today after Governor Chris Christie’s State Budget Address:

“Governor Christie has been a welcome change for New Jersey residents who suffered through the past eight years under Democrat Governors who increased spending by $11 billion, pushed through 115 tax increases and doubled state debt making New Jersey more and more unaffordable for the average family.

“By showing leadership and making the tough, but necessary decisions, Governor Christie is positioning New Jersey to make a solid recovery for when the economy improves.

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Audio: Bateman Explains How Civil Service Reform Will Help Property Taxpayers

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), the sponsor of legislation (S-2039) that would enact comprehensive reform to the state’s civil service laws, released the following remarks on his effort to reform outdated laws that tie the hands of elected officials and drive up property taxes:

Click the “Play” button below to listen to the audio clip.

http://www.senatenj.com/uploads/bateman/bateman-civil-service.mp3

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Bateman/Pennacchio Bill Prevents Prisoners from Receiving Temporary Disability Benefits

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A bill sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) and Joseph Pennacchio (R-Morris/Passaic) that prohibits payment of temporary disability benefits to incarcerated individuals passed the Senate today.

“If you break the law and are serving time in prison, you shouldn’t receive a disability check, ” Bateman stated. “You are already being fed, clothed and sheltered at the taxpayers’ expense. The limited money in disability funds should be reserved for hard working, law abiding citizens who need that money to survive.”

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Bateman Bill Lowers Fines for Not Having License, Insurance and Registration Documents in Car While Driving

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset/Morris) that would lower certain driving fines was unanimously passed by the Senate Transportation Committee today.

Bateman’s bill would lower the fine for drivers who receive tickets for not having their driver’s license, vehicle registration certificate or insurance identification card with them while driving or operating a motor vehicle. The legislation decreases the current fine of $150 to a maximum of $100. Additionally, the legislation continues to allow a judge to dismiss the charges completely if the driver can show that their driver’s license, insurance identification card and registration certificate were valid on the day they received the ticket.

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Bateman Praises Governor’s Rejection of Ineffective Civil Service Reforms

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Calls on Democrats to Support Legislation that Works

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16), the sponsor of legislation that would enact comprehensive reform to the state’s civil service laws, praised Governor Chris Christie for signing a conditional veto of weak civil service legislation sponsored by Democrats that the Governor called, “tepid, ineffective and meaningless change.”

In response to the conditional veto of A-3590, Senator Bateman issued the following statement:

“After working with Republicans to enact a two-percent property tax cap last year, it is disappointing that Democrats have repeatedly blocked legislation, including comprehensive civil service reform, which is needed to make the cap work.

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