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Senator Kip Bateman

Advanced: Bateman Bill to Convert Street Lights to LEDs

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) to replace outdated, conventional street lights with more efficient LED lights was advanced by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to convert the state’s street lights to LEDs was advanced by a senate panel.(Wikimedia Commons)

“LED lights use less power and last a lot longer than conventional lights,” Senator Bateman said. “The state and our municipalities could save a lot of money in energy and maintenance costs once this change is made.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho Bills to Aid Farmland Preservation Advanced by Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to allocate more funds to help preserve New Jersey farmland was advanced by the Senate Environment Committee today.

Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill to help preserve more New Jersey farmland was advanced by a senate panel. (SenateNJ.com)

“Our heritage as the ‘Garden State’ goes back hundreds of years, and our farming tradition is still thriving in many families and communities throughout the state, especially in many of the areas that I represent,” said Senator Oroho. “These funding measures will help us continue our mission in saving that rich agricultural legacy.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Proclaims First Ever ‘NJ Public Gardens & Arboretum Day’ at National Historic Landmark

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Elected Officials, Industry Leaders, Advocates Gather in Princeton to Celebrate Bateman Resolution Establishing “New Jersey Public Gardens & Arboretum Day”

On May 11, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon) proclaimed the first annual “New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” before a large crowd at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, New Jersey.

On Monday, May 11, Sen. Kip Bateman proclaimed ‘New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day’ before a large crowd at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, New Jersey. Pictured: Bob Heitzman, President NJ Nursery & Landscape Association; Senator Bateman; and Jeannie Geremia, VP Garden Club of NJ. (SenateNJ.com)

“As a longtime advocate of environmental protection and historical preservation, I have dedicated much of my time in public service to ensuring our children and grandchildren can continue to call New Jersey the ‘Garden State,’” Senator Bateman said. “This would not be possible without the dedicated conservationists, researchers and educators at public gardens like Morven Museum and Garden. It is our hope that recognizing New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day will encourage our residents to visit these treasured institutions, and experience firsthand the lasting positive impact they have had on our state.”

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Senator Tom Kean

Now Law: Kean Bill to Support Homeless During Winter

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Tom Kean Jr. (R-Union, Somerset, Morris) to help homeless individuals during severe winter weather events is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Tom Kean’s bill to help protect homeless individuals during the winter was signed into law. (©iStock)

“Extremely cold weather can put our homeless population in incredible danger,” Senator Kean said. “It’s important that we were able to move this legislation forward with plenty of time in the upcoming warm months to implement these changes and ensure we can help people this winter.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Gov. Signs Bateman Bill Adding School Nurse Certification Requirements

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Governor Christie has signed Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill requiring the State to institute tougher training and educational standards for securing a school nurse certification, including new clinical experience requirements.

Gov. Christie on May 11 signed Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill to institute tougher requirements for school nurse certification. The new clinical experience education and training requirements are designed to enable school nurses to better serve children Statewide. (Flickr)

“School nurses are often the first people to identify the early signs of a serious behavioral health or physical condition. For a child living below the poverty line, a school nurse may be the only health professional they see,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “The new hands-on training requirements mandated under this law will ensure all school nurses are fully prepared to provide the highest level of care for children with unique and complex needs.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove: New Open Space Law Includes Areas Throughout 9th Legislative District

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised the signing of legislation (S-2997) that appropriates nearly $60 million for open space projects.

The 9th District delegation praised new funding for open space. (SenateNJ.com)

Funding for the projects will come from constitutionally dedicated corporation business tax (CBT) revenues for the State acquisition of lands for recreation and conservation purposes, including Blue Acres projects, and capital and park development projects.

The 9th District delegation, which supported and voted for the open space law, offered the following remarks:

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Senator Kip Bateman

MEDIA ADVISORY (5/11): Bateman to Proclaim First Ever NJ Public Gardens Day in Princeton

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On May 11, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman will proclaim the first ever “New Jersey Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” at a public ceremony at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton. The event is open to the public and the media.

Sen. Kip Bateman will proclaim the first ever “NJ Public Gardens and Arboretum Day” at a public ceremony on May 11 at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton, NJ. (Garden State Gardens)

Who: Senator Kip Bateman, State Officials, Members of the Garden State Gardens Consortium, and Industry Leaders

What: Ceremony Proclaiming the First-Ever NJ Public Gardens and Arboretum Day

When: Thursday, May 11th at 10 a.m.

Where: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 03540 

Availability: Open

Event Contact: Emily Everson, Senate Republican Office, 609-847-3600; Morven Museum & Garden, (609) 924-8144

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Senator Kip Bateman

Media Advisory: Bateman to Host Blood Drive in Somerville on Thursday

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Middlesex, Hunterdon) is hosting a blood drive on Thursday to collect much needed donations for the Robert Wood Johnson Steeplechase Cancer Center. Donating is quick and easy, and open to anyone older than 17, or 16 with parental consent.

Sen. Kip Bateman to host blood drive at RWJ Steeplechase Cancer Center on Thursday, May 11. (SenateNJ.com)

“We’ve had many successful drives in the past, with every available appointment filled. I hope we can do that again, but we need your help,” Senator Bateman said. “This blood is desperately needed. By giving just a little blood and a little time you can help save lives.”

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Senator Jennifer Beck

Beck: Governor’s Sick-Leave Reform Recommendations for PFRS Members Shows Willingness to Compromise to Address $2 Billion Liability to Property Taxpayers

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Says Democrats Should Come to the Table to Protect Property Taxpayers from Six-Figure Payouts

Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) said that recommendations put forward by Governor Chris Christie to achieve sick leave reform are in line with legislative proposals that she and a bipartisan group of legislators have suggested, and again called for the Democratic majorities of the Legislature to allow any of those critical reform measures to advance to address an estimated $2 billion liability to property taxpayers for payouts for unused sick and vacation time for public employees.

Sen. Jennifer Beck said that recommendations put forward by Gov. Christie to achieve sick leave reform are in line with legislative proposals that she and a bipartisan group of legislators have suggested, and again called for the Democratic majorities of the Legislature to allow any of those critical reform measures to advance. (SenateNJ.com)

In his conditional veto message for S-3040, the Governor called for payouts for unused sick days to be capped at $7,500 or the amount already accumulated, whichever is greater.

“I’ve repeatedly called on legislative leadership to allow for the consideration of any sick leave reform proposals by members of either party that could protect taxpayers from a $2 billion property tax liability,” said Beck. “The Governor’s proposal shows a willingness to compromise and accept sick leave payout limits that are in line with both my legislation and other proposals advocated by both Republicans and Democrats. This presents a clear opportunity for the Legislature to reach agreement with the Governor on sick leave reforms that have been stalled for too long.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Speaks Out Against Raiding Horizon’s Reserves

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) released the following statement in opposition to Governor Christie’s proposed legislation to use Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s reserve funds.

Sen. Kip Bateman said Gov. Christie’s proposal to raid Horizon’s reserve funds is completely irresponsible and could put the health and safety of millions of New Jersey residents at risk. (iStock)

“Governor Christie’s proposal to raid Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield’s reserves is completely irresponsible,” Senator Bateman said. “Nearly half of all New Jerseyans are Horizon customers, including some of our most vulnerable residents. I will not support legislation that could put their health and welfare at risk.

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Republican Senators

Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Diane Allen

District 7

Kip Bateman

District 16

Jennifer Beck

District 11

Anthony Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Joe Kyrillos

District 13

Kevin O'Toole

District 40

Steven Oroho

District 24

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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