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Sacramento Bee: Letters: We must confront fentanyl scourge
March 30, 2016
Re “Potent drug tied to fatal overdoses ” (Page 1A, March 29): Fentanyl has been making headlines nationwide and has contributed to other overdose crises, and potentially contributed to six deaths in Sacramento County. Fentanyl abuse has become a major problem in Orange County, portions of which we...
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Minimum Wage Deal
March 28, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement in response to a plan that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in California.
Orange County Register: Letters: As dangerous as heroin and cocaine
March 18, 2016
Re: “ Potent problem: Fentanyl, a deadly drug used to spike heroin and cocaine, returns to O.C. ” [Front page, March 16]: Jenna Chandler’s article underscores the need to crack down on fentanyl drug trafficking. As her article vividly demonstrates, fentanyl abuse has become a public health problem...
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Release of Audit on Caltrans Maintenance Program
March 17, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, today responded to the release of the nonpartisan State Auditor’s findings from an audit of Caltrans maintenance operations. The audit concerned the methods used by Caltrans to make spending...
Statement by Senator Patricia Bates on Nancy Reagan's Passing
March 6, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan: "I am saddened to learn of Nancy's passing, but take comfort in that she will be reunited with her husband and best friend, President Reagan. She was a wonderful...
Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough Respond to Announcement of San Clemente Hospital Closure
March 2, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following joint statement today in response to the news that Saddleback Memorial Medical Center’s San Clemente campus (San Clemente Hospital) will close on May 31: “We share the disappointment felt by...
Pat's Perspective: February 2016
February 26, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | South Orange County Senior Day | Legislative Update | Zika Virus | Job Opportunities | Free Tax Preparation | Pat in the News | Community Spotlight: Oceanside | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
California's Aerospace Days
February 26, 2016
The California Legislature is recognizing February 29 and March 1, 2016 as “California Aerospace Days.” To download a schedule of events, click here . A cornerstone of California innovation has always been our aerospace industry, and it’s important that we allow it to continue to grow and thrive...
Senators Patricia Bates and Bob Huff Introduce Measure to Combat Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
February 25, 2016
Citing the increase in the illicit use of a drug called fentanyl and the threat it poses to the public, Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) have introduced Senate Bill 1323 to enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors. “The illicit use of fentanyl and its...
Sen. Patricia Bates Introduces Bill to Close Loophole Highlighted by Leland Yee Case
February 24, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) has introduced Senate Bill 1467, which would close a major loophole that allows elected officials and candidates to avoid contribution limits. Bates authored her bill in response to the case of former State Senator Leland Yee, who mentioned the loophole...
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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...