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Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Governor's Revised Budget Plan
May 13, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised 2016-17 budget proposal:
Sober Discussion Marks OC Town Hall on Sober Living Homes
May 12, 2016
More than 500 residents from South Orange County and beyond attended a regional town hall meeting tonight at the Laguna Hills Community Center to learn about ongoing efforts to address the proliferation of “sober living homes” in their communities.
Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Protect First Responders from Drones
May 5, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and others that would protect first responders if they damage a drone during the delivery of emergency services.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The truth behind California's hidden gas tax
May 2, 2016
When Californians pay gas taxes at the pump, we expect that money to go toward California’s roads and bridges. Unfortunately, this is not entirely the case.
Senate Approves Bates' Resolution Urging Federal Action on San Onofre Nuclear Waste
April 28, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved a resolution by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that urges Congress and President Obama to approve legislation that would move nuclear waste from the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to a safer location.
Orange County Register: Letters: Legislature undermining local control
April 27, 2016
Re: “Don’t put AQMD under CARB’s thumb” [Opinion, April 21]: The Register’s Editorial Board is absolutely correct regarding an effort by some in the Legislature to take more power away from local governments. As a member of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, I voted against Senate Bill...
Coast News Group: Minimum wage will worsen opportunity inequality
April 22, 2016
When Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new law to increase the minimum wage 50 percent by 2022, it was hailed by some as an historic achievement that will reduce income inequality. But I fear that when the law is fully implemented, income inequality will remain virtually unchanged while making opportunity inequality even worse.
Senate Committee Defeats Bates' Bill to Empower Locals to Regulate Sober Living Homes
April 21, 2016
The Senate Health Committee this evening defeated Senate Bill 1283 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have allowed a city or county to craft health and safety standards for sober living homes.
Senate Committee Rejects Bates' Effort to Repeal Controversial School Savings Cap
April 20, 2016
On a partisan vote, the Senate Education Committee today voted down Senate Bill 1249 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have restored the full ability of school districts to save money in reserve accounts.
Senate Committee Approves Bill to Close Loophole Highlighted by Leland Yee Case
April 19, 2016
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee today approved Senate Bill 1467 by Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) that would close a major loophole in campaign finance law.
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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...