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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.
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on State Decision to Extend Drought Regulations
February 9, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding the California State Water Resources Control Board's decision yesterday to extend the state's emergency drought regulations: “With California’s rivers and reservoirs rising significantly in recent months, it is a...
Orange County Register: Choose Cooperation over Confrontation
February 6, 2017
The 2016 presidential election is over. With a new president and a new Congress, California’s leaders now face a choice: be at the table or be on the menu. When I watched Gov. Jerry Brown deliver his State of the State speech in Sacramento recently, I agreed when he said, “When California does well...
Senators Bates and Nguyen to Introduce "Repatriate, Rebuild and Repave" Bill
January 30, 2017
Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) announced today that they will introduce legislation that could help fund California’s transportation infrastructure with foreign earnings from U.S.-based multinational corporations.
Pat's Perspective: January 2017
January 27, 2017
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Legislative Update | Budget Update | Congrats to San Clemente High! | Scholarship Opportunities | Community Spotlight: Laguna Niguel | Save the Date: South Orange County Senior Day on March 10 | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Governor's State of the State Address
January 24, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State address to the California Legislature:
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Governor's 2017-18 Budget
January 10, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget proposal:
Senator Patricia Bates Encourages College Seniors and Grads to Apply for Senate Fellowships
January 9, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced the availability of applications for the 2017-18 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and local elected officials. “Serving as a Senate fellow is a...
Sacramento Bee: Letters: Bill targets fentanyl traffickers
January 5, 2017
Re “ Fentanyl is deadly drug du jour ” (Editorials, Jan. 3): The editorial correctly points out that reversing the tragic trend of fentanyl-related deaths “will take work on many fronts.” Last year, I introduced Senate Bill 1323 with Sen. Bob Huff that would have added fentanyl to the list of drugs...
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Legislature Hiring Eric Holder as Outside Counsel
January 4, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the news that legislative Democrats have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in potential legal disputes with the incoming Trump administration: “California already has an Attorney...
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Los Angeles Times: Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on 'pervasive' harassment in California's Capitol
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said she supports “efforts to stop perpetrators of sexual harassment and their enablers.” She encouraged...
Washington Post: In California, a direct -- if expensive -- resistance to President Trump's Washington
“There is a lot of talk about how progressive the session was, but I feel it was very regressive,” said State Sen. Patricia Bates, the chamber’s...
Coastline Pilot: Aliso Creek estuary once had 14 acres of wetlands; now, there’s a plan to restore some of them
The project has caught the attention of state Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and county supervisor Lisa Bartlett, whose fifth district includes...