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Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates and Asm. Bill Brough Respond to State Auditor's Report on South OC Wastewater Authority
March 22, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) and Assemblyman Bill Brough ( R-Dana Point ) issued the following statement after the nonpartisan State Auditor’s office released its audit today of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA). “This state audit...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on New Senate President pro Tem
March 21, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement following a Senate floor ceremony this afternoon where Senator Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego ) took the oath of office as Senate President pro Tempore: “I congratulate Senator Atkins on assuming the...
Pat's Perspective: March 2018
March 16, 2018
In this Issue: High-Speed Rail Update | Woman of the Year | California’s Water Future | Tax Relief for Families and Small Businesses | A Conversation on Taxes | Addressing Impacts of Natural Disasters and Climate Change | In the News | California Conservation Corps | Scholar Dollars | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights
Senate Republican Leader Bates Partners with Governor Brown and Legislative Leaders to Address the Impacts of Natural Disasters and Climate Change
March 13, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Following a year of devastating floods, fires, mudslides and other extreme weather, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders: Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León ( D-Los Angeles ), Assembly...
Senate GOP Leader Patricia Bates Responds to Yet Another Massive Cost Increase for High-Speed Rail
March 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California High-Speed Rail Authority released a business plan today that estimates the project’s cost jumping another 20 percent (from $64 billion to $77 billion) and the opening date...
Pat's Perspective: February 2018
February 21, 2018
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Early Release for Sex Offenders? | Addressing the Opioid Epidemic | State of the State | Creating a Safer Workplace for All | Championing Small Businesses | High-Speed Rail Audit | San Onofre Update | California Tax Donations | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights
Senate GOP Leader Patricia Bates Introduces Bill Emphasizing Education to Reduce Opioid Tragedies
February 13, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Working in partnership with San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced Senate Bill 1109 to help address the opioid epidemic in California. “Education is one of the most powerful weapons...
Senate GOP Leader Patricia Bates Receives 2017 Life Sciences Champion Award
February 8, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) was recognized last night as one of three state legislators to receive a “2017 Life Sciences Champion Award” from the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA). The award was presented at a legislative reception in Sacramento.
Senate GOP Leader Bates Urges Governor to Sign Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act
February 5, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 403 , authored by Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez ( R-Lake Elsinore ) and amended in the Senate to include an urgency clause, passed on the Assembly Floor...
Senator Patricia Bates Earns 100% Score From National Federation of Independent Business
February 2, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) announced today that she has earned a 100 percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2017 legislative score card . The NFIB is one of the nation’s leading advocates for small business...
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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.