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Sacramento Bee: Legislature must close corrupting campaign money loophole
April 18, 2016
February’s sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee in a political corruption case closed a dark chapter in the history of the Legislature, and also presents an opportunity to close the legal loopholes that may allow such behavior again.
Senator Bates Encourages High School Students to Participate in Statewide Photo Contest
April 15, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is encouraging high school students to participate in a statewide photography contest that seeks images representing the Golden State. The “California Through My Eyes” contest is sponsored by LegiSchool, a civic education collaboration between the California...
Bipartisan Bill to Combat "Ransomware" Passes First Test
April 12, 2016
The Senate Public Safety Committee today approved bipartisan legislation authored by Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that would make “ransomware” the criminal equivalent of extortion. It would be a crime...
Senator Patricia Bates' Veterans Bills Clear Senate Committees
April 12, 2016
Two Senate committees today approved three bills by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enhance support of California’s military veterans. Two of those bills would provide tax relief and one would remedy an oversight concerning veterans clubs in state law.
Pat's Perspective: April 2016
April 9, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Legislative Update | Minimum Wage | Sober Living Homes | Public Service Opportunities | Scripps Encinitas Expands Surgical Department | Saddleback’s Speech and Debate Team | Community Spotlight: Dana Point | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Cap-and-Trade Costing Drivers $2 Billion in Higher Gas Prices
April 7, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates released the following statement after Assemblyman Tom Lackey released a new estimate from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) showing that Californians are paying $2 billion in higher gas prices annually due to the California Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Program.
Senate Committee Approves Bates and Huff Bill to Combat Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
April 5, 2016
The Senate’s Public Safety Committee today unanimously 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 in recent days...
Senator Bates' Interview with Charter Local Edition
April 5, 2016
Local Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews Senator Bates about political ethics reform and synthetic drugs.
Senate Patricia Bates' Statement Regarding Today's High-Speed Rail Hearing
April 4, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issued the following statement today after a joint Senate committee hearing on the updated high-speed rail business plan:
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Passage of Minimum Wage Bill
March 31, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement in response to Senate Bill 3 that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in California.
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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...