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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman’s Legislation Dedicating Bog Turtle as New Jersey’s State Reptile Now Law

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NJ Students Inspire Effort to Protect Endangered Bog Turtle With State Reptile Designation

Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile was signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman and inspired by students from Princeton designating the endangered bog turtle as the New Jersey State Reptile was signed into law. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am so proud of the successful effort of students at Riverside Elementary and their teacher, Mark Eastburn, to name the bog turtle as New Jersey’s official reptile,” Bateman (R-16) said. “I applaud their political advocacy. Fostering civic engagement at a young age builds academic and social success. Together we will save New Jersey’s bog turtles from extinction.”

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Bateman Legislation Incentivizing Farmers to Develop Natural Pollination Habitats Passes Committee

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation providing New Jersey farmers who develop pollination habitats with tax credits has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation providing New Jersey farmers who develop pollination habitats with tax credits has passed the Senate Environment Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“From the gardens we grow to the produce we purchase at a local farmer’s market, many of our fruits, vegetables, and flowers rely on pollinators like bees and butterflies,” Bateman (R-16) said. “Ensuring these pollinators have a place to live is vital to the sustainability of New Jersey’s agricultural economy. Aiding our New Jersey farmers who foster pollinators with business building tax credits will help the Garden State flourish.”

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Bateman Bill to Minimize State Capitol’s ‘Carbon Footprint’ Advances

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Would Reduce Cost of State House’s Large Utility Bill to Taxpayers

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman that would require the State Capitol Joint Management Commission to prepare, adopt, and implement an environmental sustainability plan for the State House Capitol Complex.

Senator Bateman’s bill would implement an environmental sustainability plan for the State House. (SenateNJ.com)

“When Thomas Edison installed the first light bulbs in our State House, the light represented a new technological advance,” Bateman said. “Now, more than a century later, we’re still using technologies and systems from that era in the State House when newer, cleaner, and more affordable alternatives exist. It’s time that we take steps to minimize our ‘carbon footprint’ and create an eco-friendly State House Capitol Complex.”

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Bateman Bill Requiring Witnesses to Notify Authorities of Child Sexual Abuse Passes Committee

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials has passed the Senate Education Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to notify law enforcement officials has passed the Senate Education Committee. (Flickr)

“It is nauseating when adults know that child abuse is occurring, yet they fail in their moral duty to take the appropriate steps to end it,” Bateman (R-16) stated. “This legislation requires witnesses to notify law enforcement authorities of these obscene violations immediately. This is crucial to keep our children safe in school.”

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Bateman Bill Making Schools More Eco-friendly Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) that would eliminate the use of non-renewable polystyrene products at New Jersey’s public schools and colleges has passed the Senate.

Sen. “Kip” Bateman’s bill would eliminate the use of Styrofoam in New Jersey’s public schools and colleges. (©iStock)

“To protect our environment, we need to end the use of Styrofoam,” Bateman said. “These harmful products take over 500 years to biodegrade, pollute our waterways, and contribute significantly to our solid waste stream. Creating opportunities for schools and colleges to use reusable or recyclable plates, cups, and packaging can protect the environment while teaching an important lesson to New Jersey’s students.”

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Advanced: Bateman Bill Protecting Drinking Water from Harmful Chemicals

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to protect New Jersey’s families from contaminated stormwater by permitting municipalities to establish and operate stormwater utilities has passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Christopher Bateman’s legislation to protect and manage stormwater infrastructure ensuring New Jersey families have access to clean, safe water. (Pixabay)

“Stormwater runoff carries debris, bacteria, and chemicals that can harm our drinking water,” said Bateman. “Appropriate stormwater infrastructure and management can protect New Jersey’s families by keeping harmful pesticides, fertilizers, and gasoline out of our tap water.”

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Senator Bateman to Host Blood Drive on May 8th – Sign Up Today!

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New Jersey is facing a critical blood shortage.

Click here to schedule your blood donation appointment!

Due to the winter’s brutal flu epidemic and the cancellation of many blood drives due to numerous snow storms, Central Jersey is in desperate need of blood donations. To combat the blood shortage, Sen. Kip Bateman will host a blood drive at Robert Wood Johnson Steeplechase Cancer Center on Tuesday, May 8th, 2:30p.m- 7:30 p.m.

Sen. Kip Bateman donating during the last blood drive he hosted at the Steeplechase Cancer Center in October, 2017. (SenateNJ.com)

“We are in the midst of a statewide blood shortage,” Bateman said. “A single donation can save two lives!  Please join me and donate blood on May 8th at the Robert Wood Johnson Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerset. Donating an hour of your time and a pint of your blood can mean the difference between life and death for someone in need.”

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Bog Turtle Now One Step Closer to Becoming NJ’s Official State Reptile

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Bateman Legislation Inspired By Local Students Will Protect Endangered Turtle With NJ State Reptile Designation

The bog turtle crawled one step closer to become New Jersey’s official state reptile today, following the State Senate passage of legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and inspired by students from Princeton.

Riverside Elementary School Students Kyle Grzmala and Hayah Mian, and their teacher Mark Eastburn, join Sen. Bateman for the April 12, 2018 vote on his bill to designate the endangered bog turtle as New Jersey’s Official State Reptile. (SenateNJ.com)

“I really have to hand it to the students who worked so hard to shed light on the dangers the bog turtle is facing in New Jersey. We are passing this bill today because of their efforts,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Encouraging the next generation to get involved in the legislative process and reach out to their elected officials is incredibly important. It’s something that every parent, teacher, and legislator should do. I know that these kids have a bright future ahead of them and I look forward to watching them continue to fight for the causes they believe in.”

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Bateman to Introduce “Bijou’s Law” to Protect Pets at Groomers

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Three Dogs Have Died at New Jersey Pet Salons in the Past Five Months

In light of recent, untimely, and recurring deaths of dogs while in the care of pet groomers, Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed.

In light of recent, untimely, and recurring deaths of dogs while in the care of pet groomers, Sen. Kip Bateman will introduce legislation to increase protections for family pets by requiring pet groomers to be properly trained and licensed. (Photo courtesy of Rosemary Marchetto)

“It is sadly far too common for us to read of dog grooming deaths in the news,” said Bateman. “It’s clear that something needs to be done to improve training and oversight. That’s why I’m introducing ‘Bijou’s Law’ as a smart and sensible approach to protect our pets and save lives. People take their dog to the groomers with the reasonable expectation that their pets will be treated properly and returned to them clean and healthy, and not in a box.”

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3,000+ ‘Socks for Soldiers’ Collected By Corrado & Bateman

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Thousands of socks were collected as part of  Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman’s “Sock for Soldiers” drive.

Sen. Kristin Corrado collected more than a thousand socks for her “Socks for Soldiers” drive. (SenateNJ.com)

“Socks are one of the most common items service members request,” Corrado (R-40) added. “I am grateful to everyone who participated in this year’s ‘Socks for Soldiers’ drive. The thousands of sock donated this year will keep our heroes warm.”

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