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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

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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Senator Kristin Corrado

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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Bateman Bill Helping Clear the Air of Greenhouse Gases is Now Law

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation banning the sale or installation of equipment containing greenhouse gases was signed by the governor.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill prohibiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone and transitioning the State to less harmful alternatives was signed into law. (©iStock)

The new law (A5583/S3919) transitions the State to less harmful alternatives by prohibiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone.

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman/Corrado Bills Funding Public-Supported Preservation Projects Signed

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Voter-approved and constitutionally dedicated money will help preserve open space

Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Kristin Corrado sponsor a series of bills, signed into law by the governor this week, appropriating almost $215 million in constitutionally dedicated funds for farm and land preservation, and clean water and Blue Acres projects.

The governor signed a package of bills sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Kristin Corrado appropriating constitutionally dedicated funds for farm and land preservation, and clean water and Blue Acres projects. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

“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 Is Now Law

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling in the state has been signed into law.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling in the state has been signed into law. (©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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NOW LAW: Bateman Legislation Supporting Shared Services to Ease Property Tax Burden

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman encouraging cost-saving shared service arrangements to save property taxpayers money has been signed into law.

The new law sponsored by Sen. Bateman encourages shared services to save property taxpayers money. (Pixabay)

“It’s no secret that New Jersey 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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Governor Signs Bateman Bill Expanding Veterans’ Property Tax Relief

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to expand property tax relief benefits to all veterans who were honorably discharged and to those with a service-connected disability has been signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman to expand property tax relief benefits to all veterans has been signed into law. (©iStock)

“Everyone who has worn our country’s uniform should be respected and recognized for their service to our nation,” said Bateman (R-16). “Those who sacrificed so much to defend the freedoms we hold dear deserve our support. 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: $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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