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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Governor’s Slow Reopening of NJ Creating Unnecessary Conflict for Law Enforcement & Residents

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Urges Governor to Trust New Jerseyans to Live Their Own Lives

Senator Kip Bateman expressed serious concern that Governor Phil Murphy’s delayed reopening of New Jersey is leading to unnecessary conflict between New Jersey law enforcement and state residents.

Sen. Kip Bateman expressed serious concern that Gov. Murphy’s delayed reopening of New Jersey is leading to unnecessary conflict between New Jersey law enforcement and state residents. (Pixabay)

“A number of local law enforcement agencies have reached out to me to express concern that they are facing increasing hostility from New Jerseyans who are ready to go out and resume living, even if Governor Murphy says they should stay locked down at home,” said Bateman (R-16). “The governor has to recognize that the continuation of his lockdown restrictions is putting our police and first responders in incredibly difficult situations. He’s creating unnecessary conflict with residents who are ready to take responsibility for their personal health and safety in a world with COVID-19.”

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Senate Republicans: Reopening Parks a Reasonable Step, Many Businesses Ready to Reopen Too

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The Senate Republican leadership team said Governor Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted:

The Senate Republican leadership team said Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that State and county parks and golf courses will be allowed to reopen is a reasonable step and that many businesses are also ready to resume operations once restrictions are lifted. (SenateNJ.com)

“Over the last few weeks, we have witnessed with awe and pride an amazing transformation in the attitudes and practices of individual New Jerseyans as they adopted necessary social distancing and personal protective measures that just months ago would have been unthinkable.

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Bateman: Exercise is an Essential Activity. Open NJ Parks and Golf Courses

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Senator Kip Bateman reiterated his call to open New Jersey parks and golf courses:

Sen. Kip Bateman reiterated his call to open New Jersey parks and golf courses. (NJ Division of Parks & Forestry)

“It’s no secret that times are tense across our nation and throughout the world,” said Bateman (R-16). “Overreaching restrictions do more harm than good. If people are able to maintain social distancing guidelines, they should be allowed to utilize all of the state’s open spaces.”

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Bateman-Cryan Bill Would Require Refunds for Cancelled Rentals Due To Covid-19

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Senate Also Urges Banks To Waive Fees & Penalties During Pandemic

Those who were forced to cancel vacation or business rentals with so-called “transient accommodations” such as VRBO because of the Covid-19 crisis would be entitled to refunds, according to legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Joe Cryan that was approved by the Senate today.

Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Joe Cryan’s legislation to require refunds for reservations made during a state of emergency has passed the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill, S-2345, would require refunds for reservations made during a public health emergency, a state of emergency or when travel restrictions have been imposed. The measure would be retroactive to March 1.

“This virus has upended every aspect of our lives, including travel and vacation,” said Senator Kip Bateman (R-16). “No one should be charged for an unused rental during this time of emergency, especially when we are asking people to stay home. Refunding would-be renters is the right thing to do.”

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Bateman: Open Our State and County Parks

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Senator Kip Bateman is calling for New Jersey to reopen State and county parks during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sen. Kip Bateman is calling for New Jersey to reopen State and county parks during the COVID-19 outbreak. (CDC)

“As the weather gets nicer, people will want to get outdoors, especially after being cooped up at home for so long,” said Bateman (R-16). “In this time of uncertainty, we should encourage folks to go outside and explore their local park while practicing safe social distancing. With fresh air and exercise being so important to our physical health, mental health, and overall well-being, I am calling for our parks to be reopened as soon as possible.”

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Bateman Applauds Pharmaceutical Co. Eli Lilly for Donating PPE

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Senator Kip Bateman commended global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Company, particularly their local campus in Branchburg, for donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers and first responders.

Sen. Kip Bateman commended pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly for donating PPE to healthcare workers and first responders. (CDC)

“During this pandemic, businesses both small and large are stepping up and pitching in to protect those who need it most,” said Bateman (R-16). “These vital supplies will help our nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers on the front lines continue to care for the critically ill. With PPE in high demand, Eli Lilly’s generosity is setting an example for other businesses to follow. “

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Bateman: To Beat the Virus, Governments Must Work Together

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Somerset County Lost Out on 35,000 Protective Masks When the Feds Grabbed Them

Senator Kip Bateman said the critical shortage of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers has created a free-for-all environment that has local governments competing with federal agencies and other states for supplies.

After Somerset County lost a shipment of 35,000 masks to the federal government, Sen. Bateman called for the State to coordinate access to emergency supplies. (SenateNJ.com)

“The pandemic is taking lives and overworked healthcare professionals are exposed to the contagion every hour of the day,” said Bateman (R-16). “To help the sick, we first must protect the doctors, nurses and EMTs. As stocks of masks and protective gear dwindle, the urgency increases to find new sources. Unfortunately, the market has become ‘every man for himself.’”

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Now Law: Bateman Measure Requires Health Insurance to Cover COVID-19 Testing

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Also Expands Telemeidince Treatment for Coronavirus

To help abate the coronavirus pandemic, Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation directing health insurance and Medicaid to cover COVID-19 testing and expand telehealth services throughout this State of Emergency was signed into law.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation directing health insurance and Medicaid to cover COVID-19 testing and expand telehealth services was signed into law. (CDC)

This measure is part of a large bipartisan bill package designed to help New Jersey families stay safe amid this public health threat.

“We are dealing with a global public health crisis, so the last thing that should be on anyone’s mind is, ‘How am I going to pay for testing and treatment?'” said Bateman (R-16). “No New Jerseyan should delay getting tested if they are experiencing coronavirus symptoms. With many displaced from work, and the elderly population particularly susceptible to transmission, ensuring insurance coverage will give more New Jersey residents peace of mind as we try to contain the spread.”

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Corrado & Bateman Running “Socks for Soldiers” Collection Drive in February

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Senators Encourage Schools, Businesses, and Local Governments to Participate

Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman are launching a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by our troops serving around the world.

Sen. Kristin Corrado and Sen. Kip Bateman are launching a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by our troops. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our ‘Socks for Soldiers’ program was a great success the past two years, but I know we can do even better if expand our partnership and enlist more help to collect sock donations,” said Corrado (R-40). “We’re going to reach out to area schools and local governments to see if they can serve as collection points and actively promote this important effort. I encourage everyone who’s interested to participate.”

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Bateman Bill Supporting Equine Therapy with Special License Plates Advances

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation that would establish special license plates commemorating the horse as the state animal passed the Senate Transportation Committee. The plates will help fund therapeutic riding programs for people with special needs and to support the health and well-being of horses in the state.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation will help fund beneficial therapeutic riding programs for people with special needs and veterans coping with PTSD and depression by creating a special license plate recognizing the horse as New Jersey’s State Animal. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jerseyans love horses, and the special plates will recognize that affinity,” said Bateman (R-16). “Assisted riding therapy programs are deeply rewarding and beneficial for participants, both physically and emotionally. The license plates will do more than commemorate horses, they will help change lives.”

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