Skip to main content
Committees and Caucuses
In The News
How Can I Help?
Frequently Asked Questions
San Diego County
Straight Outta Sacramento: Majority Party Rejects Plan to Fund Roads Without Higher Taxes, Approves Bill to Raise Costs Instead
September 2, 2015
SACRAMENTO – Last night on a party-line vote, the Senate’s majority party rejected legislation co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to repair California’s deteriorating roads without higher taxes. Yet hours earlier, the majority party voted for a bill that Caltrans estimates...
Pat's Perspective: September 2015
September 1, 2015
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Veterans Fair | Transportation Special Session Update | Public Transportation Grants | Wildfire Public Service Announcements | Back-to-School Safety | Back-to-School Tax Credits | College Financial Aid Deadlines | Senate Fellows Program | Hunger Action Month | Senior Summit Recap | Honors for Orange County Hospitals | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Ban Drones from Fire Zones
August 31, 2015
The State Senate today approved bipartisan legislation that Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) co-authored with Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado), Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Assembly Member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and others to make it a serious state crime to fly a drone...
Senator Patricia Bates Co-Authors Bill Requiring "Sanctuary" Cities to Alert Feds Before Releasing Illegal Immigrant Felons
August 20, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has co-authored legislation by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside), that would require city and county officials, who are set to release a felon in the country illegally, to first notify the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
Senator Patricia Bates Co-Authors Bill to Ban Drones from Fire Zones
August 18, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that she has co-authored bipartisan legislation by Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado), Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assembly Member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) to make it a serious state crime to fly a drone over a wildfire...
Governor Approves Senator Patricia Bates' Measure Supporting Neighborhood Electric Vehicles
August 10, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 241 into law, her measure to support the use of neighborhood electric vehicles in Orange County. The Senate and Assembly previously passed SB 241 unanimously.
Pat's Perspective: July 2015
July 21, 2015
In this Issue: Special Session on Transportation | Legislative Update | Father Serra Statue Vote Postponed | State Funding for Local Priorities | National Night Out | California Competes Tax Credit | Buena Vista Lagoon Enhancement | Disneyland Dreamers & Doers | OneCare Connect Member Advisory Committee | Reagan Capitol Statue | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights
Senator Patricia Bates Proposes Amendment to Allow Schools to Save for a Rainy Day
July 15, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has introduced an amendment to Assembly Bill 531 that, if approved, will repeal the cap on public school reserves. The Senate could debate AB 531 as early as this Thursday, at which time Bates will ask that her amendment be incorporated. “Parents, local...
Assembly Committee Approves Senator Patricia Bates' Bill to Increase Punishment of Sex Offenders Who Remove GPS Devices
July 14, 2015
The Assembly’s Public Safety Committee today approved Senate Bill 722 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a bipartisan vote. If enacted, the bill will crack down on sex offenders who intentionally remove or disable their GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking devices. “I’m encouraged...
Pat's Perspective: Wildfire Special Edition July 2015
July 2, 2015
In this Issue A Message from Pat Ready–Set–Go Helpful Links Fire Safe Councils Connect on Social Media A Message from Pat Dear Neighbor, California is now in the midst of wildfire season. Combined with severe drought conditions, Southern California is just a spark and a Santa Ana wind gust away...
Get on the Mailing List
Become a Senate Fellow
Tour the State Capitol
Save Our Water
Register to Vote
In The News
Los Angeles Times: California Senate GOP leader: Release Capitol whistleblowers from non-disclosure agreements
California Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates is wading into the sexual harassment debate that has swept up the Capitol and is calling on her...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Peek at North County community events
Chris Stidman, left, president of the United Health Foundation and State Sen. Patricia Bates, center, met with Sgt. Major Julio Meza Nov. 30 at...
San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego's Toni Atkins is tapped as the first woman leader of the California State Senate
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a laudatory statement about the announcement and described a cooperative working...