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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman: Murphy’s Budget Priorities Do a Disservice to State’s Taxpayers

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Senator Kip Bateman responded with the following statement after Governor Murphy announced his revised budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021:

Senator Bateman said Governor’s Murphy’s proposed budget is big on spending and political agenda, but comes up small on affordability and common sense. (SenateNJ.com)

“The budget proposed today by Governor Murphy is big on spending and political agenda, but comes up small on affordability and common sense.

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Smith, Bateman Bill to Expand Solar Energy Development Passes Committee

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In an effort to expand the use of renewable energy across New Jersey, legislation to increase the capacity of solar energy development passed the Senate Environment and Energy Committee today. The bill is sponsored by Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chair Senator Bob Smith and Senator Christopher Bateman.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Bateman and Environment and Energy Committee Chair Senator Bob Smith to increase the capacity of solar energy development advanced. (Flickr)

“The utility-scale solar program bill will establish a dramatic increase in renewable energy production as New Jersey continues to set the standard for solar and sustainable power in the nation,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon/Mercer/Middlesex/Somerset). “The state is targeting an ambitious but attainable goal of eliminating our energy dependence on fossil fuels, and managed responsibly as directed by this legislation, we can increase generation and retain affordability for our residents.”

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Bateman Blasts Governor’s Voting Decree

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‘The Mail Box is Not the Ballot Box’

New Jerseyans will not be able to vote in person in November under an executive order signed last week by Governor Murphy.

New Jerseyans will not be able to vote in person in November, and Senator Bateman chastised the Governor’s edict. (SenateNJ.com)

“The mail box is not the ballot box,” said Senator Kip Bateman. “Voting, in person voting, is the centerpiece of our freedom, but in Murphy’s New Jersey, residents cannot go to the polls this fall for a presidential election and vote in person. That baseless decision shuns tradition and defies our American rights, chipping away at the essence of our democracy.”

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Bateman Commends PSE&G for Plan to Pay Customers for Spoiled Food from Tropical Storm Outages, Urges Utility to Do More

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Senator’s Legislation Would Require Compensation up to $1,500 for Lost Food and Prescriptions

Senator Kip Bateman lauded today’s announcement by PSE&G that they would provide reimbursement to customers for wasted food and compromised medications after blackouts caused by Tropical Storm Isaias.

Senator Bateman complimented PSE&G for plans to compensate some customers for spoiled food due to long power outages after the recent tropical storm. (Pixabay)

“Thousands of people went days without power and they lost freezers full of food,” said Bateman (R-16). “This demonstrates a sensible policy change on the part of PSE&G, and it is welcome news. I don’t think it goes quite far enough, however, considering the high cost of food and medicine today.”

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Bateman Bill Calls for Utilities to Compensate Customers for Extended Power Outages

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New Jersey residents who lose food or medications requiring refrigeration due to extended power outages would be eligible for reimbursement from the utility company under legislation introduced by Senator Kip Bateman.

Senator Bateman has introduced legislation that would require power companies to reimburse customers for lost food or medications requiring refrigeration resulting from extended outages. (Pixabay)

“The lights in our state have been going out more frequently, and for longer durations,” said Bateman (R-16). “Not only is that an extreme inconvenience for those who lose power for days, it can also be a costly one as perishable foods and prescriptions spoil in the heat. If the power companies cannot restore electric service in a reasonable time, 48 hours, they would be liable to pay for the loss.”

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Bateman’s Home-Baking Bill Clears Senate

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Measure Would Allow the Sale of Fresh Baked Goods Made in Residential Kitchens

Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation that would allow the sale of home-baked goods made in residential kitchens was approved today by the Senate.

Senate approves Senator Bateman’s bill to allow the sale of home-baked goods made in residential kitchens. (Pixabay)

“Bakers working in their own kitchens can prepare sweet treats for sale at fund-raisers, but they can’t sell their cookies and cakes for profit,” said Bateman (R-16). “There’s no reason to prevent them from offering their goods to local consumers. This bill addresses a long-outdated statute and allows home bakers to earn some extra money for their baking talents to help pay New Jersey’s notoriously high taxes.”

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Bateman: Hypocritical Democrats Have Enough Time to Rush Redistricting Amendment onto Ballot, But Won’t Give Voters Choice on $10 Billion Borrowing Plan

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said New Jersey Democrats are being utterly hypocritical by rushing a constitutional amendment onto this November’s ballot that would disenfranchise minority voters in next year’s legislative elections, while simultaneously seeking to avoid the voter approval that is required for a record-setting $10 billion borrowing plan they announced today:

Sen. Kip Bateman said Democrats are being utterly hypocritical by rushing a constitutional amendment onto this November’s ballot, while simultaneously seeking to avoid the required voter approval for their new $10 billion borrowing plan. (SenateNJ.com)

“Democrats say they still have enough time to rush a constitutional amendment onto this November’s ballot that good-government advocates say would disenfranchise minorities, but they somehow can’t manage to give voters a say on $10 billion of debt they plan to issue as our constitution requires.

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Bateman-Sponsored Clean Water Infrastructure Bill Signed into Law

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Appropriates Funds for Important Environmental Projects

The Governor signed Senator Kip Bateman’s bill appropriating federal and state funds to implement more than $1 billion in vital environmental infrastructure construction.

Essential clean water and environmental projects across the state will be green-lighted under a new law sponsored by Senator Bateman. (Pixabay)

The bipartisan measure (S-2499) ensures clean water and environmental projects across the state will be green-lighted through the new fiscal year.

“We must ensure that construction protecting our drinking water and keep the taps flowing proceeds, and this will get that done without placing more of a burden on property taxpayers,” said Bateman (R-16). “Parts of the state are proceeding with costly renovations to bolster and update water treatment facilities and wastewater controls damaged by Storm Sandy. These are all essential projects that need to be completed.”

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NOW LAW: Bateman Measure Allows Retiring Troopers to Remain on Duty During Pandemic

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to allow New Jersey State Troopers who have reached retirement age to continue serving the public during the COVID-19 outbreak has been signed into law.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to allow NJ State Troopers who have reached retirement age to continue serving the public during the COVID-19 outbreak has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“Our brave Troopers who are willing and able to remain working during these unprecedented times should not be forced to retire immediately upon hitting a certain age,” said Bateman (R-16). “Their institutional knowledge and experience is sorely needed, especially as we continue to face the uncertainty of a second wave of COVID-19 hitting New Jersey. This law will help ensure that we always have enough Troopers to  serve our communities during this crisis.”

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Bateman: Local Restaurants Are On the Brink Of Bankruptcy – Let Them Open

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Calls to Reopen Indoor Dining with CDC Safety Precautions in Place

Senator Kip Bateman expressed his frustration with Governor Phil Murphy’s unilateral decision to keep indoor restaurants closed indefinitely. Indoor dining was originally scheduled to reopen on July 2:

Sen. Kip Bateman expressed his frustration with Gov. Murphy’s unilateral decision to keep indoor restaurants closed indefinitely. (Pixabay)

“I am disappointed with Governor Murphy’s unilateral mandate to halt the reopening of indoor dining, particularly because many restaurants are struggling to survive. Why can one stroll in an indoor big box store for an indefinite amount of time, yet they cannot dine at a local restaurant on Main Street?

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