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.”
Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement on the Legislature’s passage of compromise legislation, S-2456, that would implement the constitutional dedication of revenues for open space, farmland and historic preservation approved by voters in a 2014 referendum.
“This bipartisan compromise carries out the will of the voters to preserve New Jersey’s open spaces,” said Bateman. “We ensure that the funding voters chose to dedicate to preserving farms, creating parks and saving our state’s historic sites is used as intended.”
Under Ballot Question No. 2, which appeared before votes on November 4, 2014, the New Jersey Constitution was amended to dedicate four percent of Corporation Business Tax (CBT) revenues collected by the state for preservation programs.
The New Jersey Senate advanced a bill by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) upping standards for school nurse certification. New requirements include clinical experience in a school nurse office and completion of a college-supervised school nurse practicum.
“School nurses are charged with protecting the health and welfare of every kid that walks through a classroom door,” Senator Bateman said. “The needs of our children are certainly not “one-size-fits-all.” Ensuring candidates for certification complete hands-on training in a school nurse’s office will ensure all are fully equipped to identify the early signs of serious health problems and provide the highest level of care for kids with complex needs.”
With great sorrow, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman announced the passing of his father, Raymond H. Bateman, this morning.
Raymond Bateman was born in Somerville on October 29, 1927. He served for two decades in the New Jersey Legislature, including stints as Assistant Majority Leader and Majority Leader in the General Assembly, and as Assistant Majority Leader, Majority Leader and President of the Senate.
“My father embodied everything that a public servant should be,” said Sen. Bateman. “He was always interested in helping others, and he instilled in me the belief that public service matters. He set an extremely high standard for all of us who follow.”
“He also was dedicated to his family, and we always came first. His loss will be immense, but we couldn’t be prouder of the life he lived and happier about the time we had with him. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to us.”