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Senator Kip Bateman

Senator Kip Bateman

NOW LAW: Bateman Bill Allowing Schools to Administer Narcan & Maintain Supply of Lifesaving Opioid Overdose Antidote

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) that will allow school nurses or another trained employee to administer an opioid antidote such as Narcan, to anyone who overdoses on school grounds, including students and staff.

The legislation also requires high schools, and permits lower level schools, to maintain a supply of the opioid antidote, naloxone hydrochloride, on school grounds at all times.

Gov. Phil Murphy signs Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to allow school nurses or trained employees to administer an opioid antidote such as Narcan to anyone who overdoses on school grounds, and to maintain a supply of the lifesaving treatment on campus. (Adapt Pharma)

“When someone is dying from an overdose, every second counts. We shouldn’t waste time waiting for an ambulance to arrive, when a trained employee could save someone’s life immediately,” Senator Bateman said. “Addiction is a disease. We can’t bury our heads in the sand and pretend that this is not affecting kids across New Jersey. We have to be ready to save young lives and that means having Narcan on school grounds at all times.

“I am so glad to see this become law,” Bateman added. “It would be wrong to let another school year go by without giving employees the tools they need to prevent an overdose from becoming a fatality.”

Drug overdoses are the sixth-leading cause of death in New Jersey, with the rate of fatalities on track to increase in 2018, demonstrating the critical need for Senator Bateman’s legislation. Youth overdoses are also on the rise in New Jersey.

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SIGNED: Bateman Law to Stop Retirement Communities From Taking Advantage of Seniors, Surviving Estate Holders

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation long-sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman to hold continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) accountable for reimbursing seniors or estate holders in a timely manner.

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to hold continuing care retirement communities accountable for reimbursing seniors or estate holders in a timely manner. (Flickr)

Senator Bateman introduced this legislation after a CCRC held Ed Nagle’s deceased mother’s entrance fee’s “hostage,” resulting in an $88,481 loss for his family, as reported by NJ.com’s “Bamboozled.”

A similar incident occurred to Patricia Lund, who after two years of living in a CCRC, opted to move in with her son and daughter-in-law in 2009. However, she has yet to receive her refundable entrance fee – worth over $160,000.

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Gov. Signs Bateman’s $9.7 Million CBT Appropriation for State Park Projects

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman appropriating $9.703 million from constitutionally-dedicated corporate business tax (CBT) revenue to the NJ DEP for State capital and park development, preservation, conservation, and recreation projects.

Gov. Phil Murphy signs Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation appropriating $9.703 million of CBT revenue funds to the NJ DEP for State capital and park development, preservation, conservation, and recreation projects. (SenateNJ.com)

“New Jersey is blessed with some of the most beautiful parks in the country, but we cannot keep them that way without funding regular maintenance, let alone build new ones,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Using constitutionally dedicated CBT revenue is a voter-approved, fiscally responsible way to expand these preservation projects in every part of our state.”

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With 54% Increase in School Aid, Manville Students & Taxpayers Finally Get the Dollars They Deserve

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) and Mayor Richard Onderko released the following statement highlighting that Manville, one of the most underfunded school districts in New Jersey, will receive an additional $3,280,647 state aid in the coming year, representing a 54.2 percent increase over FY-2018 state aid.

Sen. Kip Bateman and Mayor Onderko highlight that Manville, one of the most underfunded school districts in New Jersey, will receive an additional $3,280,647 state aid in the coming year, representing a 54.2 percent increase over FY-2018 state aid. (©iStock)

“Manville has suffered a number of hardships that have made the impact of flat state aid even worse, such as damage from Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy. Homes were abandoned, the cost of flood insurance went up, and the poverty rate has gone through the roof. Yet, through all of this, we haven’t seen an extra penny in state aid until now. When the state doesn’t adequately fund our schools, property taxpayers are forced to make up the difference,” Senator Bateman said. “I am very glad that we, as a community of parents, school officials, and local leaders, came together to fight for full funding. Thank you for standing up. It was the right thing to do.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Gov. Signs Bateman/Corrado Resolution Establishing ‘Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day’

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Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado designating June 4 of each year as “Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day” in New Jersey.

Gov. Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Sens. Kip Bateman and Kristin Corrado designating June 4 of each year as “Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day.” (SenateNJ.com)

One in 100 children are impacted by Tourette syndrome in New Jersey,” Senator Bateman (R-16,) a longtime advocate for those with Tourette syndrome, stated. “People who cope with this syndrome often face significant challenges. By designating June 4 as ‘Tourette Syndrome Awareness Day,’ we can raise awareness, support research, and decrease the stigma surrounding this condition.”

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Editorial: Medical Examiner Reforms Long Overdue in NJ

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The following editorial by Senator Kip Bateman on his bipartisan effort to reform New Jersey’s state medical examiner system, in order to provide compassion and justice for grieving families was published on MyCentralJersey.com and in the Courier News on July 6, 2018:

One of the most heartbreaking tragedies anyone can endure is the sudden loss of a loved one. It is a time of great upheaval and sorrow. Many questions will go unanswered and those who are left behind are often forever changed. The last thing we want surviving family members to worry about is whether or not government officials are doing their job.

Sen. Kip Bateman worked for 8 years on a bipartisan basis to reform NJ’s state medical examiner system, in hopes of providing compassion and justice for surviving loved ones. The landmark reform became law in July 2018. (©iStock)

Families should not have to spend years waiting for answers because of bureaucratic delays, or mistakes made at a State Medical Examiner’s Office. If an autopsy is necessary, it should be performed as soon as possible. If an investigation is required, it should be conducted without delay. These are simple expectations that any ME’s office should be able to meet.

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Bateman on Signing of “Revised State Medical Examiner Act”

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Senator Kip Bateman (R-16) issued the following statement on the signing of the “Revised State Medical Examiner Act” (S-879) today by Governor Phil Murphy:

Sen. Kip Bateman said the signing of his ‘Revised State Examiner Medical Act’ into law will help grieving families to find closure, while ensuring that criminal deaths are quickly investigated and those responsible held accountable. (©iStock)

“I’ve worked with Senator Vitale for the past eight years on a bipartisan effort to reform our state’s system of medical examiners to ensure that families are provided the information and care they deserve when a loved one dies under suspicious circumstances.

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Bateman Bill Helping Seniors Collect Timely Reimbursement from Retirement Communities Passes Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation protecting seniors and their families from being taken advantage of by retirement communities passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation protecting seniors and their families from being taken advantage of by retirement communities passed the New Jersey Senate. (Flickr)

“In their twilight years, older New Jerseyans should be concerned with being comfortable and cared for, not caught up in a financial tug-of-war with their retirement community,” Bateman (R-16) said. “Often entrance fees are hundreds of thousands of dollars, with seniors guaranteed a reimbursement when they leave the facility or pass on. Yet we’ve seen many instances when seniors and their families have to wait years for their money to arrive back. Ensuring our seniors and their estate receive timely refunds within a year of vacancy is only fair and common sense.”

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Bateman Bill Requiring Witnesses to Immediately Notify Child Protection Agency of Child Sexual Abuse Passes Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to immediately report it to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to immediately report it to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency has passed the New Jersey Senate. (Wikipedia)

Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring witnesses of child sexual abuse to immediately report it to the Division of Child Protection and Permanency has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

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Bateman Bill Requiring Schools to Have Opioid Antidote Policies Passes Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman requiring schools to develop policies for the emergency administration of an opioid antidote to treat overdoses has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation requiring schools to develop policies for the emergency administration of an opioid antidote to treat overdoses passed the Senate. (Adapt Pharma)

“Teenagers are highly susceptible to the devastating impact of opioid abuse in New Jersey,” Bateman (R-16) said. “We can save lives by having Narcan on school grounds, or we can lose them waiting for an ambulance to arrive. It is time to arm the people we entrust to care for our children with the same lifesaving tool used by first responders in every county in this state.”

Bateman’s bipartisan bill, S-1830, permits school nurses to administer an opioid antidote to a student or staff member who overdoses at school. It also requires high schools, and permits any other schools, to maintain a supply of naloxone hydrochloride.

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