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Senators Bates and Atkins' Bill to Build Specialized Veteran Medical Facilities Clears First Hurdle
March 29, 2017
The Senate Governance and Finance Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 197 today by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which would encourage the construction of medical facilities in California that serve veterans and active duty troops afflicted with...
Joint Statement on Transportation Package from Legislative Republicans
March 29, 2017
Today, Assembly and Senate Republicans released a joint statement on the plan unveiled by Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León to increase transportation taxes and fees by more than $5 billion annually.
Senators Bates and Atkins Join Forces to Author Legislation to Help Wounded Service Members
March 23, 2017
Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) have announced that they have authored Senate Bill 197 to encourage the construction of medical facilities in California that serve veterans and active duty troops afflicted with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic...
Senate Republicans Announce Leadership Transition
March 15, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller ( R-Bakersfield ) has decided to step down as Senate Republican Leader. Senate Republicans elected Senator Patricia “Pat” Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) to serve as the next Senate Republican Leader. Senator Fuller is termed-out next year and wanted to...
Sen. Bates Issues Statement on Senate Appropriations Committee Approving "Sanctuary State" Bill
March 13, 2017
The Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement today after the committee approved Senate Bill 54 (de León) on a partisan 5 to 2 vote. SB 54 would restrict local law enforcement’s ability to interact with federal...
Sacramento Bee: Letters: A step to limit big money in politics
March 9, 2017
Re “Lawmakers raised big money for ballot measures – but didn’t spend much of it” (Data Tracker, March 3): The article by The Sacramento Bee’s Jim Miller highlights the need to close loopholes that allow politicians to skirt individual campaign-contribution limits. I authored Senate Bill 1467 last...
Pat's Perspective: March 2017
March 8, 2017
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Legislative Update | “Sanctuary State” Bill | Free Tax Preparation | Keep Your Home California | State Capitol Art Contest | Scholarship Opportunities | Congrats to Carlsbad High! | Community Spotlight: Camp Pendleton | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Statement on Senate Majority Party's Silencing of Senator Janet Nguyen
February 23, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate majority party removed Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) from the Senate Chamber this morning after peacefully expressing her views during regular session:
Senator Bates Seeks Entries for State Capitol Art Contest
February 21, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is seeking local entries for the California State Senate art collection, which features local artwork from every region of California. Artists from the 36th Senate District can submit as many works as they like, and Senator Bates will select the entry that...
Senator Bates Authors Measure to Reclassify Heinous Crimes as Legally "Violent"
February 16, 2017
Her bill would expand the definition of “violent felonies” to include additional offenses deemed to be serious and violent in nature by most Californians, including rape of an unconscious person and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer or firefighter.
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San Diego Union-Tribune: Oceanside teen named Boys & Girls Club's California Youth of the Year
While in Sacramento, Hernandez and Orange County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Sarah Arce met with state Sen. Patricia Bates, whose...
KABC Radio L.A.: Legislative Pushback Against Releasing Violent Criminals Under Prop 57
State Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) introduced Senate Bill 75 that would re-classify more than 20 offenses as violent felonies.
Los Angeles Times: At least one of several state bills to expand the list of 'violent felonies' in California is likely to die
Senate Bill 75, introduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would have reclassified more than 20 offenses as violent felonies,...