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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman
Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado/Bateman Bill to Combat Storm Flooding Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman appropriating almost $34 million for the purchase of flood-prone properties and conservation cleared the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

The measure (S-4313) would provide the NJDEP with funds constitutionally dedicated by the voters to purchase land for recreation, conservation, and Blue Acres projects to acquire property in flood-prone areas.

A Senate panel approved legislation by Senators Kristin Corrado and Kip Bateman to ease flooding in low-lying communities. (Facebook/Manville Flood Action Group)

“Across the state, we have seen the flooding and damage caused by storms like Sandy, Hurricane Irene and poweful nor’easters,” said Corrado (R-40). “Flooding in the Passaic Valley has become a chronic and costly crisis. This will help end the vicious cycle of flooding, fixing, fighting for insurance money, and flooding again. Helping DEP acquire homes built in areas that are prone to frequent flooding will return the land to its natural condition, protecting nearby homes and properties from future storm damage.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado/Bateman Farm Preservation Bill Clears Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Kristin Corrado and Kip Bateman to fuel farmland preservation in New Jersey was approved today by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

The bill (S-4276) appropriates more than $32 million in funds that have been constitutionally dedicated by voters for the purpose of farmland preservation.

Legislation sponsored by Sens. Kristin Corrado and Kip Bateman to fuel farmland preservation was approved by the Senate Environment Committee. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

“The preservation of New Jersey farms is important to voters who have passed bond acts and a constitutional amendment to dedicate money from the business income tax for this purpose,” said Corrado (R-40). “As voters intended, these funds will help protect our identity as the Garden State, saving more precious fields from commercial development. It’s an important investment in our agricultural economy, our farming heritage, and the New Jersey environment.”

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Panel Clears Bateman Bill to Give Judiciary Seat on State Investment Council

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The Judicial Retirement System would have a representative on the State Investment Council under a bill sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and advanced today by the Senate State Government Committee.

The Judicial Retirement System, under legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman, would be represented on the State Investment Council. (SenateNJ.com)

Bateman’s bill (S3871) would increase the council to 16 members with the addition of a board of trustees member from the judicial system (JRS). The council includes one member each from the boards of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the Teachers’ Pension and Annuity Fund.

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Bateman Bill Targeting Ozone-Depleting HFCs Advances

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Legislation banning the sale or installation of equipment containing greenhouse gases, sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman, passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee today.

Sen. Bateman sponsors legislation to prohibit hydrofluorocarbons and other gases that threaten the ozone and transition the State to less harmful alternatives. (©iStock)

The bipartisan bill (S3919) prohibits hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone, transitioning the State to less harmful alternatives.

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Bateman Measure to Rescue Recycling from Landfills Clears Environment Panel

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The Senate Environment Committee approved legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling in New Jersey.

The Recycling Market Development Council would be created by Sen. Bateman’s legislation to analyze the market and make recommendations for the future of recycling in New Jersey. (SenateNJ.com)

The bill (S3939/S3944) would establish a Recycling Market Development Council to analyze the market for recycling and consider strategies to increase the use of collected recyclables in the manufacture of new products.

“There have been significant changes in the recycling market around the globe, and the impact is being felt here throughout our counties and towns,” said Bateman (R-16). “The public has been so effective and committed to recycling that supply now exceeds demand. The imbalance results in warehouses overflowing with paper, cans, bottles and plastic. Eventually, material once saved from landfills eventually ends up going there anyway. We need to find a solution.”

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Bateman Measure Providing Loans for Clean Water Infrastructure Advances

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More than 180 clean water projects would receive low-interest funding in legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman. The Senate Environment and Energy Committee today approved the bill (S4202).

Sen. Bateman’s legislation authorizes $1.5 billion in low-interest loans for more than 180 clean water projects. (Pixabay)

The measure authorizes the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (NJIB) to expend more than $1.5 billion for loans for projects on the Storm Sandy and State Fiscal Year 2020 Clean Water Project Eligibility List and the Storm Sandy and State Fiscal Year 2020 Drinking Water Project Eligibility List.

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Bateman Legislation Requiring Schools to Create a Seizure Action Plan Passes Committee

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“Paul’s Law” Named for NJ Eighth Grader with Epilepsy

A bill sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman that would let a parent of a child with epilepsy request seizure disorder training for school personnel has passed the Senate Health Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill that would let a parent of a child with epilepsy request seizure disorder training for school personnel has advanced. (©iStock)

The legislation, dubbed “Paul’s Law,” is dedicated to 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.

“Seizures can occur anytime, anywhere, and often without warning,” said Bateman (R-16). “If you’re the parent of a child with epilepsy, you want to be assured that their teachers, nurses, and school bus drivers are properly trained and can care for your child until advanced medical help arrives. Creating an individual seizure action plan for students with epilepsy will help schools across New Jersey become ‘seizure smart’ and save lives.”

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Bateman Praises Restoration of RVL One-Seat Ride to Manhattan

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Calls for Establishment of One-Seat Service During Peak Hours

Senator Kip Bateman praised the decision by NJ Transit to restore the Raritan Valley Line’s (RVL) one-seat ride during off-peak hours to New York Penn Station.

Sen. Kip Bateman praised the decision by NJ Transit to restore the RVL one-seat ride during off-peak hours to NY Penn Station. (SenateNJ.com)

“This off-peak, one-seat ride on NJ Transit is a great first step to help the thousands of New Jerseyans who commute on the RVL each day,” said Bateman (R-16). “While this will make for a shorter and smoother commute for some, we must do more to alleviate the stress and frustration for commuters at all times of the day. I continue to stand with the Raritan Valley Line Mayor’s Alliance and the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition in calling for the establishment of a one-seat ride to Midtown on the RVL during peak hours.”

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Bateman Applauds NJ DEP’s Rejection of PennEast Pipeline

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Senator Kip Bateman commended the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s decision to deny permits for the proposed PennEast pipeline.

Sen. Bateman commended the NJ DEP’s decision to deny permits for the proposed PennEast pipeline. (PennEast Pipeline Company, LLC)

“I am pleased that the state Department of Environmental Protection rejected PennEast’s pipeline permits,” said Bateman (R-16). We do not want and do not need this environmentally damaging, property-value dropping nuisance in our backyards. Hey PennEast – stay off our land!”

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Bateman Resolution Promoting Clean, Efficient Fuel Cells Signed

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Senator Kip Bateman’s resolution designating October 8 as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in New Jersey was signed Tuesday. The date is significant, chosen for hydrogen’s atomic weight, 1.008.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s resolution designating October 8 as Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in New Jersey was signed into law Tuesday. (©iStock)

“The annual observance will help promote these clean, safe and virtually limitless sources of energy,” said Bateman, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Environment and Energy committee. “It’s an opportunity for stakeholders from science, industry, government and academia to espouse the benefits of clean hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. These advances are ready and available now for applications ranging from powering vehicles to delivering electricity to residences and businesses.”

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