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Orange County Register: Letters: Hit the brakes on term limit extension
July 26, 2016
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is considering placing a measure on this November’s ballot that would ostensibly “strengthen” term limits. The board should reject this self-serving reform proposal crafted “by, for, and on behalf of Supervisor Shawn Nelson” because it is deceptive.
Pat's Perspective: July 2016
July 21, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Legislative Update | Addressing Homelessness | Be Ready for Wildfires | Zika and West Nile Viruses | Water Safety | Veterans Crisis Line | Nonprofit of the Year | Community Spotlight: Mission Viejo | In Memoriam: Marian Bergeson | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Statement on Senator Sharon Runner's Passing
July 14, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster).
Statement on Plan to Extend Cap-and-Trade Taxes Without Legislative Approval
July 13, 2016
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a plan yesterday to extend California’s controversial cap-and-trade tax program beyond its December 31, 2020 expiration date. This plan bypasses the Legislature in order to avoid the legally required two-thirds vote needed to continue cap-and-trade.
Statement on Passing of Marian Bergeson
July 6, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the news today of Marian Bergeson’s passing.
North County Lifeline Honored as Nonprofit of the Year
June 22, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored North County Lifeline – which has offices in Oceanside and Vista – as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol.
Assembly Committee Approves Bill to Address Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
June 21, 2016
The Assembly Public Safety Committee today on a bipartisan 5 to 1 vote approved Senate Bill 1323 by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California this year.
Pat's Perspective: June 2016
June 16, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Budget Update | Legislative Update | Sober Living Homes | PTSD Month Aims to Broaden Awareness | Small Business of the Year | National Scholars | Community Spotlight: Vista | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Statement on Passage of 2016-17 State Budget
June 15, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the 2016-17 state budget negotiated between Governor Brown and legislative Democrats:
Statement on Report Listing Fentanyl Overdose as Prince's Cause of Death
June 2, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the news today that music legend Prince died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
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Orange County Register: State audit exposes south Orange County sewage agency's sloppy accounting
“This state audit validates how SOCWA has been mismanaged over several years,” reads a joint statement from state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel...
Dana Point Times: Senator Patricia Bates Names Donna Kalez 'Woman of the Year'
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, as the...
CNBC: California's $77 billion 'bullet train to nowhere' faces a murky future as political opposition ramps up
“It's crazy time with this thing," said Pat Bates, the Republican leader in the state Senate. "Every time we get a new report it's more money and...