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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

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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Bateman to Consider Residential Notification Requirements Following Accidental Hunting Death of Family’s Dog

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Contrary to Reports, Bateman Will Not Co-Sponsor Legislation Increasing Buffer Zones

Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) said he would consider legislation to increase notification requirements by hunters when hunting near residences after a family’s dog, Tonka, was shot and killed with a crossbow after being mistaken for a coyote.

Sen. Kip Bateman said he would consider notification requirements for hunters near homes, and clarified that he has not agreed to co-sponsor legislation increasing buffer zones. (SenateNJ.com)

“As someone who loves animals, it’s hard to discount the anguish felt by Tonka’s family over his loss,” said Bateman. “I want to examine if requiring hunters to notify residents of hunting activities near their homes is a workable solution that can prevent accidents like these from happening in the future.”

Bateman also responded to stories that mistakenly reported that he had agreed to co-sponsor legislation with Sen. Ray Lesniak to increase buffer zones for hunters.

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Bateman Introduces Mandatory Prison Terms for Child Molesters Posing as Caregivers

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Bill Introduced Following Reports of Babysitter Who Allegedly Used Care.com to Find & Sexually Assault Child

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) has introduced legislation that would establish mandatory prison terms for child molesters who use their position as a child care provider to gain access to victims. This would include people posing as caregivers on websites such as Care.com, or at any other child care center or provider referral service.

Sen. Kip Bateman has introduced a bill to establish mandatory prison terms for perpetrators who target and sexually assault children, by posing as caregivers on websites like Care.com or at any other child care center or referral service. (Flickr)

“The booming popularity of babysitter-for-hire websites poses a new threat to families everywhere, especially for working parents who are coping with the high cost of daycare in New Jersey,” Senator Bateman said. “Anyone who uses a referral service to try and prove their legitimacy as a caregiver is operating on another level than average ‘opportunity’ molesters. That motivation and the equally monstrous crime that follows should absolutely land you in jail.”

Bateman authored the bill (S-3500) following reports that an Elizabeth man posing as a caregiver on Care.com had been charged with sexually assaulting the young girl he had been hired through the website to babysit. Last week, a Burlington County man was charged with sexually assaulting two children at a daycare facility he owned. Perpetrators in these types of cases would face harsher justice if Senator Bateman’s new bill is signed into law.

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MEDIA ADVISORY (10/12): Bateman to Host Blood Drive at Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-16) will host a community blood drive TOMORROW, October 12, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville. The drive is open to the public and members of the media are encouraged to attend to spread the word about the need to combat New Jersey’s severe blood shortage.

Click here to sign up online and schedule your blood donation.

Sen. Kip Bateman will host a blood drive on Oct. 12 from 2-7 p.m. at RWJUH Somerset’s Steeplechase Cancer Center in Somerville. Donors can register online and walk-ins are also welcome. (SenateNJ.com)

Who: Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerest, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon), local blood donors, and RWJUH Somerset and Steeplechase Cancer Center Hospital Officials

What: Community Blood Drive to combat a statewide blood shortage. All donations will remain on site to treat patients at the hospital. The blood drive will also feature free pizza and a raffle to win a $25 gift card.

When: Tomorrow, Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. Senator Bateman will arrive at 2 p.m. to donate blood. The drive is open to the public and the press. Register online or walk in any time between 2 and 7 p.m to donate.

Where: Steeplechase Cancer Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, located at 30 Rehill Ave, Somerville, NJ 08876.

Availability: Open. Senator Bateman will be available for interviews with the press.

Contact: For media inquiries, contact Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600. For questions on donating blood, contact Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Blood Services, 908-685-2926.

“We have already seen an outpouring of support for tomorrow’s blood drive and I am so grateful to everyone who has answered our call for action, but there are still spots available,” Senator Bateman said. “Local hospitals are in dire need of donations – both to treat current patients and to make sure they are prepared for emergencies in our community. The solution to this crisis is simple. Just one blood donation can save three lives. Hope to see you there.”

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