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Senate Republican Leader Bates' Statement on the Passing of former GOP Leader Ross Johnson
August 16, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today on the passing of Ross Johnson, who served as Assembly Republican Leader, Senate Republican Leader, and chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He was the first person to...
Senate GOP Leader Bates Urges State to Address Potential Release of Dangerous "Nonviolent" Felons
August 15, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today submitted a letter to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) during a public comment period regarding proposed regulations that could lead to the early release of dangerous "nonviolent" inmates and diminish victim rights.
Senate Republican Leader Bates' Statement on Passing of former Senate Republican Leader Dave Cogdill
July 24, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement on the passing of former Senate Republican Leader Dave Cogdill who passed away Sunday morning after battling pancreatic cancer: "I had the honor of working and serving with former Senate Republican Leader...
Pat's Perspective: July 2017
July 21, 2017
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Wildfire Season | “Cap-and-Trade” Extension | Cleaning Up San Onofre | Assembly Shelves Health Care Bill | Nonprofit of the Year | Environmental Good News | Board of Equalization Reorganization | In the News | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
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Senate Republican Leader Bates' Statement on Senate Passage of Cap-and-Trade Legislation
July 17, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved legislation to extend cap-and-trade [Assembly Bill 398]. “The real threat of climate change should not be used as an excuse to increase the cost of gas,...
Senator Bates Conveys Cap-and-Trade Concerns to Governor Brown
July 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO – This morning, a letter from members of the Senate Republican Caucus was delivered to Governor Jerry Brown outlining their concerns on cap-and-trade. The letter conveys to the Governor that the “… Caucus is united in opposition to the current efforts to extend the state’s cap-and-trade...
Senator Patricia Bates Honors "Ocean Institute" as Nonprofit of the Year
June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Orange County’s Ocean Institute as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36 th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol. “The Ocean Institute’s work is a...
Legislative Committee Approves Sen. Bates and Asm. Brough's Request to Audit South OC Wastewater Authority
June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today unanimously approved a request by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) to have the nonpartisan State Auditor’s office audit the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA)...
Orange County Register: Too soon for county vote centers
June 25, 2017
I support the recent unanimous decision by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to put the brakes on a proposal attempting to create vote centers in limited areas of the county. It was the right decision at the right time. Had the supervisors approved this plan, it would have increased the likelihood of voter fraud in upcoming elections — especially when you consider the wide array of relaxed voting standards recently enacted into law.
Senate Republican Leader Bates Reacts to Assembly's Action on SB 562
June 23, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's decision to hold SB 562, the government-run health care proposal, 'in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice': "Speaker Rendon says that SB 562 is '...
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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...