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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Bateman Responds to Proposed EPA Budget Cuts

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset) penned the following statement in response to President Trump’s proposal to cut the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s annual budget by 23 percent in 2019:

Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) penned the following statement in response to the president’s proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 23 percent. (©iStock)

“I am deeply concerned about the federal budget proposal to reduce Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding by $2.5 billion. From the air we breathe to the water we drink, the EPA has played a profound role in safeguarding public health and protecting our nation’s precious natural resources. As New Jersey Senator and proud protector of the environment, I am committed to ensuring that the public and environmental safety of the Garden State remains a priority.”

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Bateman Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling for Oil & Gas Approved by Environment Committee

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Says Drilling Accidents & Oil Spills Would Put Jersey Shore at Risk

A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) opposing a federal plan to allow offshore drilling for oil and natural gas along the Atlantic Coast was approved by the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

Bateman's Resolution Opposing Offshore Drilling Set for Vote

There's no reason to put the Jersey Shore, our state's $44 billion tourism economy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk by drilling off our coast for more oil and gas that we don't need. #NoOffshoreDrilling

Posted by Kip Bateman on Monday, February 5, 2018

“The United States has a glut of oil and natural gas that continues to grow without drilling along the Atlantic Coast,” said Bateman, a member of the Environment Committee. “There’s no reason to put the Jersey Shore, our state’s $44 billion tourism economy, and hundreds of thousands of jobs at risk for more oil and gas that we don’t need.”

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Bateman’s “Socks for Homeless Day” Passes Senate

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the State Senate.

“A new pair of socks can be a sign of hope to many homeless men and women in New Jersey,” said Bateman. “Almost 8,500 New Jerseyans face homelessness today, the gift of warmth provides health, well-being, and comfort.”

The joint resolution, SJR-17, has been championed by Tom Costello Jr., founder and Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides socks for the homeless.

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Bateman Launches Online Petition to Stop the PennEast Pipeline

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Calls on Impacted Residents to Help Convince NJDEP to Block Proposal

Senator Kip Bateman launched an online petition to give residents who will be impacted by the proposed PennEast Pipeline the opportunity to influence the approval process.

Sen. Kip Bateman launched an online petition to stop the PennEast Pipeline. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a legislator who represents families that will be impacted by PennEast, I want to demonstrate to the NJDEP the massive opposition that exists to building the pipeline,” said Bateman (R-Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset). “I’m asking everyone who’s opposed to PennEast to sign my online petition. This is your chance to ensure that your voice is heard.”

Bateman’s petition to stop the PennEast Pipeline can be signed at https://www.senatenj.com/penneast/.

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Bateman’s “Socks for the Homeless Day” Resolution Passed by Committee

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A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

“Most of us take for granted having clean socks to wear every day,” said Bateman. “Homeless people don’t have that luxury. They know that clean, dry socks are critical in protecting their health, comfort, and overall well-being. I’m glad to help raise awareness of the importance of socks for the homeless.”

The joint resolution, SJR-17, has been championed by Tom Costello Jr., founder and Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides socks for the homeless.

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SIGNED: Bateman Bill to Protect Bees From Pesticides

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) to protect the state’s apiaries from pesticides by establishing beehive registries and a notification protocol has been signed into law.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to limit impact of pesticides on the bee population has been signed into law. (Flickr)

“New Jersey wouldn’t be the Garden State without the help it gets from its bee population,” Senator Bateman said. “We can’t risk losing these important pollinators to pesticides. The work they do for New Jersey’s farmers is too important.”

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Senate Approves Bateman Bill Expanding Basic Job Skills Training Program

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The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) that funds the expansion of a successful program that provides free basic skills training to thousands of workers each year.

Sen. Bateman legislation to expand Basic Job Skills Training and promotes new programs in technology and management skills training (iStock.)

“New Jersey should be aggressively working towards providing quality and concrete employment for its citizens,” said Bateman. “By increasing funding for job training, we are focused on enhancing New Jersey’s workforce and ensuring employers access to well-trained New Jerseyans.”

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Bateman Statement on Effort to Improve Financial Viability of Nuclear Power in NJ

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Says Better than Alternatives Like Dirty Coal or New Pipelines to Support More Gas Power Plants

Senator Kip Bateman, a member of the Senate Environment & Energy Committee, issued the following statement regarding his committee vote in support of legislation (S-3560) to improve the financial viability of New Jersey’s nuclear power plants:

Sen. Kip Bateman issued a statement of support for legislation to improve the financial viability of New Jersey’s nuclear power plants. (Flickr)

“I have serious concerns about the process of introducing and passing this legislation in a condensed timeframe during lame duck. It’s something that deserves a more careful review.

“However, given the information and limited time I’ve had to review the legislation prior to our committee hearing and vote today, I believe that supporting it is the right thing to do to protect New Jersey’s environment.

“I’m concerned with how New Jersey would compensate for the loss of our nuclear power plants, which supply nearly half of our state’s electricity and around 90 percent of our clean energy. They do so relatively inexpensively.

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Bateman Bill Requiring Municipal Master Plans to Address Environment & Energy Concerns Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) to require municipal master plans to include strategies concerning energy efficiency, storm resiliency, and environmental protection has received final legislative approval from the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requires municipal master plans to include strategies concerning energy efficiency, storm resiliency, and environmental protection. (©iStock)

“Every municipality should be actively working to improve energy efficiency and shore up our environmental infrastructure,” said Bateman. “As the most densely populated state in the nation, we have to be aggressive in our efforts to protect the environment. Requiring every master plan to address sustainability issues will ensure each community is doing their part to safeguard natural resources for the next generation.”

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Bateman Bill Empowering Small Businesses to Prepare for Storms Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) to help small business owners secure financing to ensure their property is energy-efficient and prepared for severe weather events has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill help business owners ensure their property is prepared for storms. Pictured: flooded businesses in Bound Brook. (Wikimedia Commons)

“By allowing municipalities to engage in the private financing outlined in the PACE special assessment, we can empower more small business owners to make energy-efficiency improvements and recover from or prepare for future storms,” Senator Bateman said. “This bill is essential to ensuring business owners can make vital improvements, such as raising the property to prevent flood damage.”

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