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Bateman/Allen Bill Expanding Varsity Letter Criteria Passes Senate Panel

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The Senate Education Committee has passed 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.

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

“A varsity letter has become a universal symbol for school pride and student achievement,” Senator Bateman said. “Students who win science, debate or music competitions demonstrate just as much school spirit as those who score a game-winning goal. We need to show these kids that their victories are just as worthy of our praise and admiration.”

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Bateman Bill to Allow School Nurses to Administer Narcan Advances

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School nurses would be permitted to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member who overdoses under legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman and today advanced by the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation would allow school nurses to administer an opioid antidote, such as Narcan, to respond to overdoses by students or staff. (Adapt Pharma)

S-2635 would also require high schools, and permit any other schools, to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride. The bill provides immunity from liability for a school nurse or trained employee who acts in good faith to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member.

“School nurses are battling the opioid epidemic right alongside our police and first responders, the only difference is they don’t have access to the only drug that can stop an overdose within seconds,” Senator Bateman said. “We can save lives by having Narcan on school grounds, or we can lose them waiting for an ambulance to arrive. It is time to arm the people we entrust to care for our children with the same lifesaving tool used by first responders in every county in this state.”

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Gov. Christie Signs Bateman’s Electronic Waste Management Act Expansion

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Governor Christie has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman to significantly improve e-waste recycling efforts in municipalities and at statewide entities across New Jersey.

Gov. Christie has signed Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to improve e-waste recycling efforts across new Jersey. (Pixabay)

“Providing free and convenient opportunities for e-waste recycling curbs a pervasive threat to the environment, public health and safety,” Senator Bateman said. “It will also generate significant cost-savings at the local level. We have worked for years to revise the Electronic Waste Management Act and I am relieved that we finally have a strategy in place to reduce the tens of millions of electronics that are discarded each year.”

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Bateman, Kean Condemn Federal Guidance Against the ‘Thin Blue Line’

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Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) and Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Morris, Somerset) voiced their disapproval of the Federal Highway Administration’s guidance against the painting of a “Thin Blue Line” between the double-yellow center line on roadways.

Sen. Bateman and Sen. Kean voiced their disapproval of the federal guidance against the “Thin Blue Line.” (Flickr)

“Towns paint these lines in order to honor the hardworking members of law enforcement in their own way on locally controlled roads,” Senator Bateman said. “The response from the Federal Highway Administration is an overreaction to a very important local matter. If we can’t support something as simple as the ‘thin blue line,’ what kind of message does that show to our police officers?”

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Governor Signs Sweeney-Bateman Law Adding Judges

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20 Additional Judges Will Support Criminal Justice Reforms

The Governor has enacted a legislative plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Kip Bateman that will add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that took effect this month.

The plan sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Sen. Kip Bateman to add 20 new judges to state courts has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“I appreciate that the Governor has acted so quickly to enact our legislation to bolster our state’s courts in support of bipartisan criminal justice reform efforts,” said Senator Bateman. “Having fully staffed courts to effectively and efficiently administer justice is critical to public safety.”

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Bateman Resolution Urging DEP to Update Statewide Water Supply Plan Advances

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The Senate Environment Committee has advanced a resolution sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman calling on the NJ Department of Environmental Protection to update the Statewide Water Supply Plan.

With much of New Jersey under a drought warning, Sen. Bateman is 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 Blasts ‘Heartless’ Army Corps of Engineers for Leaving Manville Residents in Greater Danger

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex) condemned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for refusing to provide desperately needed flood control aid to Manville.

Flooding in Manville from Hurricane Irene in 2011. (Facebook/Manville Flood Action Group)

In the face of clear evidence proving the need for flood mitigation in Manville, the Army Corps of Engineers determined that flood control projects in the Manville area were not economically justifiable, in part due to declining property values.

“I am appalled that the Army Corps would use such a flawed and discriminatory methodology for authorizing flood mitigation projects. I cannot imagine a more heartless or senseless reason for denying the people of Manville the assistance they desperately need to protect their homes, businesses and their families from the clear and present danger of living in these flood zones. You cannot put a dollar value on people’s lives.

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Senate Approves Sweeney-Bateman Plan to Add Judges

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20 Additional Judges Will Support Criminal Justice Reforms

The Senate approved a plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Kip Bateman that would add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing the support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that will take effect in January.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and Senate President Stephen Sweeney would add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts in support of criminal justice reforms that take effect in 2017. (©iStock)

“The addition of new judges is a critical component of our effort to reform our critical justice system and support bail reforms that will soon take effect,” said Senator Bateman. “We need fully staffed courts to effectively and efficiently administer justice and enforce the law.”

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Bateman Bill to Protect Bees From Pesticides Passed by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to protect the state’s apiaries from pesticides by establishing beehive registries and a notification protocol was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to limit impact of pesticides on the bee population was passed by the New Jersey Senate. (Flickr)

“New Jersey wouldn’t be the Garden State without the help it gets from its bee population,” Senator Bateman said. “We can’t risk losing these important pollinators to pesticides. The work they do for New Jersey’s farmers is too important.”

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Sweeney-Bateman Plan to Add Judges Gains Committee Approval

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20 Additional Judges Will Support Criminal Justice Reforms

The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee has approved a plan authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Kip Bateman that would add 20 new judges to New Jersey’s courts, providing the support for the already-enacted criminal justice reforms that will take effect in January.

Legislation sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney and Sen. Kip Bateman would add 20 new judges to state courts in support of criminal justice reforms taking effect in 2017. (©iStock.com)

Starting in 2017, the state will shift from a system that relies principally on setting monetary bail as a condition of release to a risk-based system that is more objective, is fairer to defendants because it is unrelated to their ability to pay monetary bail and safer for the public because dangerous offenders can be denied bail.

“The state has made a lot of progress in filling judicial vacancies that enable the courts to administer justice and enforce the law,” said Senator Bateman. “These new judges will make the system better and provide the support needed to ensure the effectiveness of the bail reforms.”

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