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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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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Now Law: Cardinale Bill to Protect People, Families From Predatory Alienation

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to study the malicious practice of predatory alienation is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Cardinale’s bill to study the malicious practice of predatory alienation was signed into law. (©iStock)

“These deceptive individuals target young people, as well as seniors, in order to isolate them from their loved ones so they can con them out of their money and dignity,” Senator Cardinale said.

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Senator Steve Oroho

Oroho/Space Varsity Letter Bill Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and Senator Steve Oroho (both R-Sussex, Warren, Morris) to extend opportunities to earn varsity letters to high school students who participate in competitive activities other than athletics is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Oroho and Asm. Parker Space to award varsity letters to students who participate in non-athletic competitions is now law. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It’s appropriate that kids who take part in extracurricular activities other than sports get a chance to earn a varsity letter,” said Assemblyman Space. “A varsity letter is a source of pride earned through tireless effort, fierce determination and unwavering commitment. These students compete just as passionately as any athlete, and they should receive recognition.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Now Law: Bateman Bill Appropriating $59.5 Million for Open Space

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More than $59 million of constitutionally-dedicated funds will be appropriated to preserve open space, build parks, and expand Blue and Green Acres now that legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman has become law.

Signed into Law by Gov. Christie, Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill appropriates $59.5 million of constitutionally dedicated funds to preserve open space, build parks and expand Blue and Green Acres. (Garden State Preservation Trust)

“From the Highlands to the Pinelands, all 21 New Jersey counties have an open space or waterway that will benefit from this appropriation,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Green and Blue Acres programs need a constant source of funding. A one-time payment isn’t enough when there are parks to maintain and natural resources to protect in every corner of our state.

“That’s why I fought three years ago to create a permanent way to fund open space preservation. New Jersey voters came out in full force to support that effort. Today, we are keeping our promise to use those constitutionally dedicated funds as intended.”

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Senator Diane Allen
Senator Kip Bateman

Now Law: Varsity Letter Bill Sponsored by Allen & Bateman

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High school students in New Jersey who compete in activities other than athletics will also have the opportunity to earn varsity letters, now that a bill sponsored by Senate Republicans Diane Allen and Kip Bateman has become law.

Legislation by Sen. Kip Bateman and Sen. Diane Allen expands the opportunity for students to earn varsity letters. (Wikimedia Commons)

“The amount of school spirit, team work and dedication it takes to earn a varsity letter cannot be understated or undervalued,” Senator Allen (R-Burlington) said. “There are champions deserving of varsity letters in classrooms throughout New Jersey – and they aren’t all athletes. Now that our bill has become law, I hope more schools will take advantage of this opportunity encourage our students to excel in every aspect of their lives.”

“We see it happen every season. Athletes and musicians work together to win competitions and build school spirit – but more often than not, only one of these groups gets to wear a Letterman’s jacket after the game,” Senator Bateman (R-Somerset, Mercer, Hunterdon, Middlesex) said. “All of these students put in the same time and energy. Honoring artistic and academic competitors in the same meaningful way we honor athletes is the right thing to do.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Bill Mandating Police Stop Driver Safety Education Passes Committee

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Bill Requires MVC to update Drivers License Test, Manual to Include Procedures for Police Stops

The NJ Motor Vehicles Commission would be required to inform and test drivers on their responsibilities during police stops under legislation sponsored by Senator Robert Singer and advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Robert Singer’s bill would require the MVC to inform and test drivers on the procedures they must follow during a traffic stop. (Flickr)

“Sadly, we have already seen too many examples of how a routine traffic stop can turn into a deadly encounter in a matter of minutes,” Senator Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) said. “It is critical for us to hold law enforcement officers accountable for safely interacting with the public, but there are simple steps that drivers can also take to prevent a police stop from escalating into a dangerous situation.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman Bill Creating Registry of People With Special Needs for Emergency Responders Advances

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman’s bill establishing a central registry of people with special needs so that first responders can better serve them during an emergency has passed the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Sen. Kip Bateman’s bill creates a central registry of people with special needs that emergency responders would use to help during an emergency or natural disaster. (SenateNJ.com)

“Minutes can mean the difference between a life saved and a life lost. A central registry allows police officers, firefighters or EMS workers to plan ahead for how to provide the best and most expedient care possible to a person with special needs,” Senator Bateman (R-16) said. “Some towns have already set up local registries that are used during natural disasters, medical emergencies, or when a person with special needs goes missing. We need to make sure every emergency unit Statewide has access to this lifesaving information.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Bedminster Taxpayers Will Be Reimbursed for Trump’s Visits to Golf Club

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-Somerset, Warren, Hunterdon) today reaffirmed his support for a provision within the spending bill passed by Congress earlier this week that would allow Bedminster to seek reimbursements for costs associated with protecting President Donald Trump when he visits his golf club within the municipality.

Sen. Mike Doherty reaffirmed his support for Bedminster’s efforts to seek reimbursement for costs associated with protecting President Trump. He added that commonsense would indicate that he would never state otherwise. (SenateNJ)

“As I told Star-Ledger reporter Claude Brodesser-Akner on the phone yesterday, I strongly support Bedminster’s efforts to seek reimbursement for these security costs,” Senator Doherty said. “Families in Bedminster and across New Jersey already pay the highest property taxes in the nation. It is completely unjust to ask them to pay millions of dollars in added costs that should be covered by the administration.

“I want to make it clear to my constituents and their local leaders that I strongly believe that the people of Bedminster, or any community for that matter, deserve to be reimbursed for the substantial cost of protecting President Trump when he comes into town. Thankfully, as I very specifically informed this reporter yesterday, this is no longer an issue. Congressman Lance put a resolution in the budget to eliminate this taxpayer burden.”

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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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