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Senator Kip Bateman

  • Sen. Kip Bateman was joined by Richard Pompelio of the New Jersey Crime Victims’ Law Center for the Senate session on Nov. 14, 2016. Pompelio was honored for his decades of work to protect crime victims and joined Bateman to watch the Senate’s passage of new protections. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman and the Senate Environment Committee have taken official action to help protect the Princeton Battlegrounds and surrounding wetlands from proposed development following a State House hearing. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman at the Annual Fall Conference of Hunterdon Prevention Resources and the Safe Communities Coalition of Hunterdon/Somerset at Raritan Valley Community College on November 12, 2015.

  • Sen. Kip Bateman joined cyclists from Ride 2 Recovery to raise awareness and help thousands of injured veterans around the country on September 29, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman with families who celebrated the Senate’s passage of reform legislation to fix the state’s flawed “Return Home New Jersey” program on July 23, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman at a State House press conference on July 20, 2015 to announce a bipartisan agreement to end the state’s ‘Return Home’ policy as it currently exists. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Bateman (speaking) joined with legislators from both parties and faith leaders at the New Jersey State House on June 11, 2015 to condemn antisemitism and hate crimes. He co-sponsors a bipartisan resolution addressing the need to to put an end to Jewish hatred and bias crimes. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman presented U.S. Soccer superstar and New Jersey native Tim Howard with a proclamation from Gov. Chris Christie designating May 15th to June 15th as Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Kip Bateman took part in a special New Jersey 101.5 broadcast aboard the Battleship New Jersey honoring veterans on May 22, 2015. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Tom Kean and Sen. Kip Bateman visited Terracycle in Trenton on May 14, 2015 and announced a resolution urging a statewide effort to keep hazardous and hard-to-recycle materials out of landfills. (Full Story)

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Bateman: $500k of Funding for Hillsborough Road Safety Project Finally Released by Murphy Administration

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Brown Avenue Extension Will Divert Truck Traffic from Dukes Parkway West

Senator Kip Bateman said that $500,000 of funding to begin a critical road project that will improve public safety in Hillsborough has been unfrozen by the Murphy Administration months after it was approved as part of the FY 2020 State Budget.

Sen. Kip Bateman said that $500,000 of funding to begin a critical road project that will improve public safety in Hillsborough has been unfrozen by the Murphy Administration. (Pixabay)

“The funding that finally has been released from reserve by the Murphy Administration will allow for the first steps to be taken on the construction of the Brown Avenue extension,” said Bateman (R-16). “When completed, this project will increase the safety of the hundreds of thousands of annual visitors who cross the road that runs through Duke Farms.”

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Senate Approves Bateman’s Bipartisan Anti-Hazing Measure

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman, Troy Singleton and Linda Greenstein cracking down on hazing in colleges and schools has cleared the Senate. The bill, S-3150/S-3628, would increase penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury.

Sen. Kip Bateman sponsors bipartisan that would crack down on hazing in colleges and schools and increase the penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury. (Pixabay)

The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

“Unless we explicitly prohibit the deep-rooted custom of hazing, more families will suffer,” said Bateman (R-16). “When our kids go to college, they should have the right to live and learn in a safe environment without fear. Parents who send their children off to school should demand no less.”

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Bateman Bill to Help Clear the Air of Greenhouse Gases Clears Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation banning the sale or installation of equipment containing greenhouse gases passed the Senate today.

Sen. Kim Bateman’s bipartisan bill would transition the State to less harmful alternatives by prohibiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone. (©iStock)

The bipartisan bill (A5583/S3919) would transition the State to less harmful alternatives by prohibiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone.

“Moving to more environmentally benign refrigerants benefits the climate and reduces health risks to the public,” said Bateman (R-16). “Replacement gases are available and proven. I am hopeful this bill will soon be signed into law.”

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a form of greenhouse gases that contain hydrogen, fluorine and carbon. They are commonly used in various commercial and industrial applications.

The phase-out of HFCs required by Bateman’s measure would begin on July 1, 2020, becoming more extensive each year through 2024.

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Bateman Bill to Include Judiciary Representative on the State Investment Council Advances

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Senator Kip Bateman’s bill that would give the Judicial Retirement System a representative on the State Investment Council cleared the Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would give the Judicial Retirement System a representative on the State Investment Council, increasing the membership to 16. (SenateNJ.com)

“The judicial system is one of the three major public pension systems in New Jersey, and they should have input on discussions about how the money will be invested,” said Bateman (R-16). “It just makes sense for the judiciary to have a seat at the table.  Transparency and accountability is essential, especially now with so much pressure for the investments to meet or exceed market performance.”

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Bateman Bill Expanding Veterans’ Property Tax Break Clears Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to expand property tax benefits to all veterans who were honorably discharged and to those with a service-connected disability has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to expand property tax benefits to all veterans who were honorably discharged and to those with a service-connected disability has passed the Senate. (©iStock)

“Everyone who has served our nation and worn our country’s uniform should be respected and recognized as such,” said Senator Bateman (R-16). “Our brave veterans who sacrificed life and limb to defend our freedoms we hold dear deserve to receive a tax break. Expanding New Jersey’s property tax deduction to our Garden State veterans who honorably served is our small way of saying ‘thank you for your service.’”

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Bateman/Corrado Bills Ensure Funding for Public-Supported Projects

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Appropriate voter-approved and constitutionally dedicated money for open space

Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Kristin Corrado sponsor a series of bills appropriating almost $215 million in constitutionally dedicated funds for farm and land preservation, and clean water and Blue Acres projects.

Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Kristin Corrado sponsor a package of bills appropriating constitutionally dedicated funds for farm and land preservation, and clean water and Blue Acres projects. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jerseyans have long supported open space and farmland preservation,” said Bateman (R-16). “In the most densely populated state in the nation, the public understands the need to protect undeveloped parcels and expanses of green fields. They have made their voices known at the polls where they have overwhelmingly favored the responsible acquisition of lands to sustain our State identity as the Garden State.”

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Bateman Bill to Revitalize Recycling Market Passes Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling in the state passed the Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill establishes a Recycling Market Development Council to analyze the market for recycling and consider strategies to increase the use of collected recyclables in manufacturing. (©iStock)

“There have been significant changes in the global recycling market, and the impact is being felt throughout our counties and towns,” said Bateman (R-16). “Local governments are struggling to maintain recycling without the outside revenue. The public has embraced recycling so effectively that supply now exceeds demand. The imbalance results in warehouses overflowing with paper, cans, bottles and plastic, and the excess ends up going to the landfill.”

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Bateman Anti-Hazing Bill Clears Budget Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman, Troy Singleton and Linda Greenstein to crack down on hazing in colleges and schools was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bill, S-3150/S-3628, would increase penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation named the Timothy J. Piazza Law protecting college students from hazing by increasing the penalties was approved by the Senate Budget Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“When our kids go to college, they should have the right to live and learn in a safe environment without fear,” said Bateman (R-16). “Parents who send their children off to school should demand no less. Unless we explicitly prohibit the deep-rooted custom of hazing, more families will suffer.”

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Bateman Measure Supporting Shared Services to Ease Burden on Taxpayers Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman encouraging cost-saving shared service arrangements to save taxpayer money was approved today by the Senate.

Sen. Bateman’s bill encourages shared services to save taxpayer’s money. (pixabay)

“It’s no secret New Jersey’s property taxes are the highest in the nation,” said Bateman (R-16). “It’s time for Trenton to start finding ways to save taxpayer money. In many cases, sharing services between municipalities or government entities will deliver the same level of service at significant cost savings and provide desperately needed relief to tax-weary families.”

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Bateman’s “Paul’s Law” to Empower Teachers With Epilepsy Training Passes Senate

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Bill Named for NJ Eighth Grader with Epilepsy

Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to train teachers and staff to protect students with epilepsy unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

The legislation, “Paul’s Law,” is named for Paul St. Pierre, an eighth-grader from New Jersey who was diagnosed with epilepsy in February. He is a passionate advocate for the training of school professionals to promote seizure-safe schools.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to train teachers and staff to protect students with epilepsy unanimously passed the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“We entrust teachers with our children’s education and well-being throughout the school day, so it makes sense to empower educators with the tools to quickly respond if a student is having a seizure,” said Bateman (R-16). “If you’re the parent of a child with epilepsy, you want to be assured that all teachers, nurses, and school bus drivers are properly trained and can care for your child until advanced medical help arrives. Creating a ‘seizure smart’ epilepsy action plan in schools will put parents minds at ease and save lives.”

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