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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Applauds PSE&G’s Decision to Abandon PennEast Pipeline, Urges Others to Reconsider Project

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Following recent news reports that PSE&G plans to sell its share in the proposed PennEast Pipeline and abandon its involvement in the controversial project, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman urged others involved with the pipeline to reconsider their support as well.

Sen. Christopher “Kip” Bateman applauded PSE&G’s decision to sell its share in the controversial PennEast Pipeline project. (PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC)

“I think this decision by PSE&G can be traced directly back to the overwhelming opposition by local residents who don’t want this pipeline cutting through their communities and damaging the environment,” Senator Bateman said. “It’s time for the other companies involved to realize that this project is unneeded and unwelcome.”

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Bateman Bill to Improve Water Safety Passes Committee

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to improve the safety of the State’s drinking water and hold public water systems accountable for making improvements has cleared the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would ensure the safety of NJ’s drinking water by holding all public water systems accountable for making infrastructure improvements. (Pixabay)

The bill would require all public water systems to establish a cyber-security program, as well as an asset management plan designed to inspect, maintain, and repair water infrastructure. S-2834 would establish specific safety standards for testing fire hydrants.

“Our legislative task force recently learned that nearly two dozen school districts in our state have elevated levels of lead,” Senator Bateman said. “Protecting our drinking water from contaminants must be a top priority. All public water systems must be held accountable for making water infrastructure inspections and improvements. We simply cannot take chances when it comes to protecting the health and safety of our residents.”

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Bateman: NJ Dems Must Stop Running From Affordable Housing Reform

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement after the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee today passed SJR-16, which designates September as “Affordable Housing Awareness Month.”

Sen. Kip Bateman is the sponsor of S-2216, which would deliver comprehensive affordable housing reform to all New Jersey municipalities. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am appalled that Senate Democrats would fast track a meaningless resolution before even considering my bipartisan affordable housing reform bill. This is a slap in the face to the countless constituents who are begging for their elected leaders to act.

“The courts have given us a golden opportunity to develop a new affordable housing policy. Creating an ‘Awareness Month’ does nothing to solve this problem.

“If we continue to do nothing, there will be serious consequences in every legislative district. Property taxes will skyrocket. Open space will be destroyed. Worst of all, the people who truly need affordable housing will continue to struggle to find it.

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Advanced: Bateman Bill to Ensure Power for Critical Facilities During Emergencies

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon) to protect critical facilities against power loss during emergencies was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to protect critical facilities against power failure was advanced by a Senate Panel. (Flickr)

“There are certain facilities throughout the state that provide crucial services and can’t afford to experience a power outage during an emergency,” Senator Bateman said. “This will allow them to continue operations and perform their duties even if the rest of the area has gone dark.”

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Allen/Bateman Varsity Letter Bill Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Diane Allen to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics has passed the New Jersey Senate.

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

“Extending varsity letters to kids who compete on stage or in a classroom doesn’t diminish the value of the letter – it enhances it,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Our schools are home to some of the best performing arts programs in the country. I think anyone who has witnessed a standing ovation at a school musical would agree that the kids who participate in these programs deserve varsity letters, too.”

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Senate Democrats Block Vote on Bateman’s Comprehensive Affordable Housing Reform

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An effort by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to have the New Jersey Senate vote on comprehensive affordable housing reform legislation was blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.

New Jersey Senate Democrats blocked the Senate’s consideration of Sen. Kip Bateman’s comprehensive affordable housing reform legislation (S-2216) in a party-line 22-16 vote. (SenateNJ.com)

Bateman’s action follows a recent ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court on affordable housing which ensures continued confusion and expensive litigation for municipalities.

“Towns across the state were begging for legislative relief to clarify the state’s incoherent affordable housing policy before the recent Supreme Court ruling, and those pleas have only increased since the decision was released,” said Bateman. “I am saddened that the Senate Democratic majority refuses to consider the passage of reform legislation that would prevent unnecessary litigation for towns and protect residents from higher property tax bills.”

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Bateman Bill Requiring Municipal Master Plans to Address Environment & Energy Concerns Advances

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Municipal master plans would now be required to include strategies concerning energy efficiency, storm resiliency and environmental protection under a bill sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee. The strategy required under the bill would be located within the land use section of the master plan.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would require municipal master plans to include strategies concerning energy efficiency and environmental protection. (SenateNJ.com)

“Every municipality should be actively working to improve energy efficiency and shore up our environmental infrastructure,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “As the most densely populated state in the nation, we have to be aggressive in our efforts to protect the environment. Requiring every master plan to address sustainability issues will ensure each community is doing their part to safeguard natural resources for the next generation.”

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Editorial: An Alternative Plan to Court’s Ruling on Affordable Housing

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The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) on the impact that a New Jersey Suprement Court ruling on affordable housing will have on taxpayers and open space was published in the Star-Ledger on January 27, 2017:

Sen. Kip Bateman’s editorial on the impact that a recent New Jersey Supreme Court ruling on affordable housing will have on taxpayers and open space. (©iStock)

Providing enough affordable housing for people in need is one of the most important issues we face in this state. The constant string of misguided court decisions has done nothing but create confusion for our towns.

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling that could be devastating to taxpayers.

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Senate Passes Bateman Resolution Urging DEP to Update Statewide Water Supply Plan

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The New Jersey Senate passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman calling on the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan.

The New Jersey Senate passed Sen. Bateman’s resolution urging the NJ DEP to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan. (Pixabay)

“Failing to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan puts the public health, safety, and welfare of our residents at risk,” Senator Bateman said. “We cannot use a plan that is more than 20 years old to solve the current drought crisis, let alone develop a coordinated strategy to avoid future water shortages. It is critical that the legislature take action to urge the NJ DEP to release this report, before we have a true emergency on our hands.”

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Bateman: Future of Affordable Housing Should be Decided by the Legislature Not the Courts

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Following the New Jersey Supreme Court’s ruling on affordable housing, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) again called for the legislature to take the lead in passing comprehensive affordable housing reform.

Sen. Kip Bateman called for the legislature to take the lead on affordable housing reform. (©iStock)

“This decision only provides our towns with even more confusion about how this process should work,” Senator Bateman said. “This is only going to cost them more time and money to determine exactly what their additional requirements are. We won’t break this cycle until the legislature acts to bring on comprehensive affordable housing reform.”

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