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.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said that he will not be able to support a 23 cent per gallon gas tax increase if the proposal is posted for a full Senate vote.
“Most reasonable people accept that there is a cost associated with the upkeep, maintenance and expansion of our critical transportation infrastructure,” said Bateman. “What doesn’t seem reasonable, however, is to say that traffic across the state will suddenly grind to a halt if we don’t raise the gas tax by more than 150 percent. There’s a lot of rhetoric and hyperbole, but little real discussion about why the proposed tax increase is necessary.”
State colleges and universities would be required to waive certain fees for veterans, under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon.) The bill has cleared the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee.
“There are more than 16,000 veterans and service members pursuing four-year college degrees in New Jersey and every single one of these brave heroes deserves our support,” Senator Bateman said. “Members of the military often face significant economic hardships following a term of duty. Waiving costly application fees will encourage more veterans to complete their college degrees and develop the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market.”
A resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon) urging state and local government entities to utilize programs that collect and upcycle difficult-to-recycle waste has cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The resolution will be reported from the Senate on Thursday, July 14, 2016.
“Nearly 60 percent of municipal waste generated each year in New Jersey goes unrecycled, simply because many state and local facilities do not have the infrastructure to expand recycling efforts beyond collecting paper and plastic,” Senator Bateman said. “Raising awareness of cost-efficient, local opportunities to upcycle is essential to keeping tens of millions of tons of commonly-unrecycled items out of landfills and incinerators.”
Now Law: Bateman Bill to Provide Equal Protections to Domestic & Civil Union Partners of Homicide Victims
Legislation signed into law by Governor Christie expands eligibility to the benefits established under the “Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights”
Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to include the domestic or civil union partner of a homicide victim among those eligible to receive compensation, as well as certain protections and rights from the criminal justice system.
“A person who has lost their beloved partner to homicide should have access to the same benefits and protections afforded to spouses and relatives,” Senator Bateman said. “A victim’s domestic or civil union partner is no less deserving than any other loved one coping with such an unthinkable loss. New Jersey’s criminal justice laws must evolve to meet the needs of all families of homicide victims. I am pleased that the Governor has signed my bill to correct this major oversight in state law.”
Senator Bateman: Superior Court Made the Right Call with Affordable Housing Ruling in Favor of Municipalities
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) stated that today’s court decision not to mandate retroactive affordable housing obligations is a victory for taxpayers and municipalities statewide.
“Today the Superior Court answered our call to protect taxpayers from a catastrophic Ocean County court decision that would have caused a ripple effect, decimating municipalities statewide,” Senator Bateman said. “I have long fought for affordable housing reforms that would place the responsibility of determining obligations in the hands of the legislature, where we can develop real solutions that best serve the individual needs of our communities. Now the courts agree. This ruling brings us one step closer to passing affordable housing reforms that will preserve open space, access to high quality education and emergency services; and the integrity of unique communities statewide.”
Sen. Kip Bateman Announces Memorial Service for his Father, Senator Raymond H. Bateman at Raritan Valley Community College
Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced that all are invited to attend a memorial service for his father, Raymond H. Bateman, at Raritan Valley Community College. The service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.
“It is my honor to invite the public to a memorial service for my father, Raymond Bateman, at his beloved Raritan Valley Community College,” Senator Bateman said. “My father’s passion for expanding access to affordable, quality higher education touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of New Jersey students. It is fitting that we honor his legacy of dedicated public service at the institution he was proud to support for more than 40 years. On behalf of our family, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the RVCC community for helping us celebrate his life in such a special way.”
The New Jersey Senate passed a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) that commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the National History Preservation Act of 1966.
“I’ve always been inspired by the many historic places that can be found in New Jersey,” Senator Bateman said. “I’m so thankful that efforts like the National Historic Preservation Act have protected these treasures and allowed people like me, as well as our future generations, to learn from them.”