Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman to allow pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The bill, A-1697/S-2394, authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant a special two-day permit annually to conduct a steeplechase race, and to allow wagering on the event.
“The signing of this legislation represents recognition of the Far Hills Race Meeting’s long history of supporting charitable causes and its positive impact on the region,” said Kean. “Wagering will expand the ability of the event to support local healthcare services and help maintain the viability of New Jersey’s horse farms.”
Bateman & Ciattarelli Help Somerset County to Negotiate Funding Agreement with NJDOT to Restart Route 518 Bridge Project
Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) applauded the funding agreement reached by Somerset County and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) that will allow work to resume on the Route 518 bridge project in Franklin and Rocky Hill that has been stalled since July.
Bateman and Ciattarelli worked with the Christie Administration to bring the county’s Board of Chosen Freeholders and the NJDOT together to negotiate the agreement that will allow construction to recommence on the crossing over the Delaware and Raritan Canal.
“Jack and I know how important this project is to the safety and welfare of the region,” said Bateman. “It’s a critical crossing for emergency services, school buses and residents who can’t afford to detour miles out of the way. I’m glad that we were able to bring state and county officials together to hammer out the details that will help us to get this important bridge reopened.”
A three-bill package sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to strengthen crime victims’ rights laws in New Jersey was approved by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.
The bills address protections for victims of sex crimes, permitting survivors – regardless of age – to testify in court proceedings via video. They allow victims of sexual assault and the survivors of homicide victims to be present at certain post adjudication hearings to provide information to the court before a decision is made on matters such as relieving an offender from Megan’s Law registration requirements. In addition, they permit those who are close to a violent crime victim to make an in-person statement to the court at sentencing, in addition to crime victims, and they establish housing and employment protections, among other provisions.
“Too many people are unable to find or keep employment or housing due to the stigma attached with being the victim of a crime, especially those that are high profile,” said Bateman. “We need to end this discrimination and do more to ensure that our courts are able to meet the special needs of those who have suffered to prevent further victimization.”
Legislation appropriates up to $20 million from the Clean Energy Fund to remediate lead contamination in public buildings
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to fund the remediation of lead contamination in public buildings was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
“Continued exposure to lead-tainted water can lead to damage in the nervous system, brain and kidneys, particularly in young children,” Senator Bateman said. “We have a responsibility to keep people safe, especially students in our schools. We can find a solution to this pressing health issue through an already existing fund that’s underutilized.”
Bill establishes a training course for pesticide applicators to help them avoid the impact of pesticides have New Jersey’s bee population
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to protect New Jersey’s pollinating bee population passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.
“Spraying pesticides is an important tool in our mission to control our mosquito population and protecting the public health, particularly now when we’re working to stop the spread of mosquito-borne viruses, like Zika,” Senator Bateman said. “But we can’t sacrifice our pollinating bee population in the process.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to allow drivers taking their road test to use a backup camera has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“In a few years, every new car will be required to have a rear-view camera,” Senator Bateman said. “If every car is going to have them, new drivers should know how to use them.”
Senator Kip Bateman and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (both R-16) have called on Governor Chris Christie and the Department of Transportation to declare the replacement of the Route 518 bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal in Franklin an essential project to allow work to resume immediately.
The Department of Transportation was ordered to halt work in early July on the $2.75 million project and other transportation projects across New Jersey that were deemed non-essential, pending an agreement to refund the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.
“The Rt. 518 bridge over the Delaware and Raritan Canal is a critical transportation link that residents and emergency and shared services depend upon,” said Bateman. “It’s imperative for the safety and well-being of our community that work be resumed on this project immediately. Governor Christie should use his authority to declare this an ‘essential’ project allowing the bridge replacement to move forward.”
Governor Chris Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address Raritan and Delaware River flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.
“We took great strides last month in Bound Brook by moving forward Green Brook Flood Risk Management Project,” Senator Doherty said. “However, we still need a comprehensive plan to ensure all communities along the Raritan and Delaware Rivers have the tools and information needed to prepare for severe flooding. I look forward to reviewing the task force’s findings and finally implementing longterm solutions for our residents.”
Includes $19 Million for Clean Water Projects in Somerville & Hillsborough
A trio of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to streamline the financing of projects through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and fund more than $411 million of improvements statewide was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
The measures include $19 million to finance clean water projects in Somerville and Hillsborough.
“This legislation streamlines the process of approving and financing important environmental infrastructure projects that protect our state’s drinking water and waterways,” said Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. “It improves our ability to keep New Jersey’s water free of pollution and contaminants.”
Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senator Kip Bateman to allow pari-mutuel betting at the Far Hills Race Meeting was approved by the New Jersey Senate in a 38-0 vote.
The bill, S-2394, authorizes the New Jersey Racing Commission to grant a special two-day permit annually to conduct a steeplechase race, and to allow wagering on the event.
“The Far Hills Race Meeting has a long history of supporting charitable causes in the region,” said Kean. “Allowing wagering will boost interest in the event, support New Jersey horse farms and ensure continued support for local healthcare facilities.”