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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.
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...
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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...
OC Register: Rehab Riviera: Addiction advertising can trick you to death
Sen. Pat Bates and Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva and others have introduced bills aiming at cleaning up the industry.