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Senator Kip Bateman

Senate Approves Bateman’s Bipartisan Anti-Hazing Measure

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman, Troy Singleton and Linda Greenstein cracking down on hazing in colleges and schools has cleared the Senate. The bill, S-3150/S-3628, would increase penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury.

Sen. Kip Bateman sponsors bipartisan that would crack down on hazing in colleges and schools and increase the penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury. (Pixabay)

The Timothy J. Piazza Law is named for a Penn State University sophomore from Readington who died during a fraternity hazing in 2017.

“Unless we explicitly prohibit the deep-rooted custom of hazing, more families will suffer,” said Bateman (R-16). “When our kids go to college, they should have the right to live and learn in a safe environment without fear. Parents who send their children off to school should demand no less.”

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Bateman Bill to Help Clear the Air of Greenhouse Gases Clears Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation banning the sale or installation of equipment containing greenhouse gases passed the Senate today.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bipartisan bill would transition the State to less harmful alternatives by prohibiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone. (©iStock)

The bipartisan bill (A5583/S3919) would transition the State to less harmful alternatives by prohibiting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and other gases that threaten the ozone.

“Moving to more environmentally benign refrigerants benefits the climate and reduces health risks to the public,” said Bateman (R-16). “Replacement gases are available and proven. I am hopeful this bill will soon be signed into law.”

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a form of greenhouse gases that contain hydrogen, fluorine and carbon. They are commonly used in various commercial and industrial applications.

The phase-out of HFCs required by Bateman’s measure would begin on July 1, 2020, becoming more extensive each year through 2024.

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Bateman Bill to Include Judiciary Representative on the State Investment Council Advances

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Senator Kip Bateman’s bill that would give the Judicial Retirement System a representative on the State Investment Council cleared the Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill would give the Judicial Retirement System a representative on the State Investment Council, increasing the membership to 16. (SenateNJ.com)

“The judicial system is one of the three major public pension systems in New Jersey, and they should have input on discussions about how the money will be invested,” said Bateman (R-16). “It just makes sense for the judiciary to have a seat at the table.  Transparency and accountability is essential, especially now with so much pressure for the investments to meet or exceed market performance.”

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Bateman Bill Expanding Veterans’ Property Tax Break Clears Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to expand property tax benefits to all veterans who were honorably discharged and to those with a service-connected disability has unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to expand property tax benefits to all veterans who were honorably discharged and to those with a service-connected disability has passed the Senate. (©iStock)

“Everyone who has served our nation and worn our country’s uniform should be respected and recognized as such,” said Senator Bateman (R-16). “Our brave veterans who sacrificed life and limb to defend our freedoms we hold dear deserve to receive a tax break. 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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Senator Kristin Corrado

Bateman/Corrado Bills Ensure Funding for Public-Supported Projects

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Appropriate voter-approved and constitutionally dedicated money for open space

Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Kristin Corrado sponsor a series of bills appropriating almost $215 million in constitutionally dedicated funds for farm and land preservation, and clean water and Blue Acres projects.

Senator Kip Bateman and Senator Kristin Corrado sponsor a package of bills appropriating constitutionally dedicated funds for farm and land preservation, and clean water and Blue Acres projects. (SenateNJ.com)

“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 Passes Senate

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Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to establish a council to make recommendations for the future of recycling in the state passed the Senate.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill establishes a Recycling Market Development Council to analyze the market for recycling and consider strategies to increase the use of collected recyclables in manufacturing. (©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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Bateman Anti-Hazing Bill Clears Budget Committee

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Kip Bateman, Troy Singleton and Linda Greenstein to crack down on hazing in colleges and schools was approved by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. The bill, S-3150/S-3628, would increase penalties for hazing activities resulting in injury.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation named the Timothy J. Piazza Law protecting college students from hazing by increasing the penalties was approved by the Senate Budget Committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“When our kids go to college, they should have the right to live and learn in a safe environment without fear,” said Bateman (R-16). “Parents who send their children off to school should demand no less. Unless we explicitly prohibit the deep-rooted custom of hazing, more families will suffer.”

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Bateman Measure Supporting Shared Services to Ease Burden on Taxpayers Approved by Senate

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman encouraging cost-saving shared service arrangements to save taxpayer money was approved today by the Senate.

Sen. Bateman’s bill encourages shared services to save taxpayer’s money. (pixabay)

“It’s no secret New Jersey’s 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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Bateman’s “Paul’s Law” to Empower Teachers With Epilepsy Training Passes Senate

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Bill Named for NJ Eighth Grader with Epilepsy

Senator Kip Bateman’s legislation to train teachers and staff to protect students with epilepsy unanimously passed the New Jersey Senate.

The legislation, “Paul’s Law,” is named for Paul St. Pierre, an eighth-grader from New Jersey who was diagnosed with epilepsy in February. He is a passionate advocate for the training of school professionals to promote seizure-safe schools.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s legislation to train teachers and staff to protect students with epilepsy unanimously passed the Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“We entrust teachers with our children’s education and well-being throughout the school day, so it makes sense to empower educators with the tools to quickly respond if a student is having a seizure,” said Bateman (R-16). “If you’re the parent of a child with epilepsy, you want to be assured that all teachers, nurses, and school bus drivers are properly trained and can care for your child until advanced medical help arrives. Creating a ‘seizure smart’ epilepsy action plan in schools will put parents minds at ease and save lives.”

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Senator Kristin Corrado

Corrado/Bateman Bill to Combat Storm Flooding Advances

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Corrado and Senator Kip Bateman appropriating almost $34 million for the purchase of flood-prone properties and conservation cleared the Senate Environment & Energy Committee.

The measure (S-4313) would provide the NJDEP with funds constitutionally dedicated by the voters to purchase land for recreation, conservation, and Blue Acres projects to acquire property in flood-prone areas.

A Senate panel approved legislation by Senators Kristin Corrado and Kip Bateman to ease flooding in low-lying communities. (Facebook/Manville Flood Action Group)

“Across the state, we have seen the flooding and damage caused by storms like Sandy, Hurricane Irene and poweful nor’easters,” said Corrado (R-40). “Flooding in the Passaic Valley has become a chronic and costly crisis. This will help end the vicious cycle of flooding, fixing, fighting for insurance money, and flooding again. Helping DEP acquire homes built in areas that are prone to frequent flooding will return the land to its natural condition, protecting nearby homes and properties from future storm damage.”

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