In The News Archive

Orange County Register: New Board of Supervisors chairwoman Lisa Bartlett brings new approach, focus on animal shelter

January 25, 2016
State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, a former board chairwoman, said chairing the board brings with it a responsibility to look at issues from a regional perspective instead of a district-specific one.

Associated Press: Gov. Jerry Brown Urges Fiscal Restraint In State of State

January 22, 2016
Republican Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel says Brown’s emphasis on paying existing commitments is “right on target.” But Bates says the governor undermined his point by pushing for higher taxes.

Orange County Register: San Clemente council tries new tack to keep hospital

January 21, 2016
The council’s decision came a week after California Senate and Assembly health committees killed legislation authored by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, that would have let MemorialCare continue to operate a standalone ER in its new facility as a...

Orange County Register: O.C. Watchdog: Latest Prop. 13 tax fix finds (surprise!) detractors

January 20, 2016
Bates’ approach is backed by the likes of the Howard Jarvis Tax Association, which authored Prop. 13 and generally opposes attempts to monkey with it.

Orange County Register: Changing Prop. 13 without weakening it

January 20, 2016
A new bill by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, fine tunes Prop. 13. Senate Bill 259 was approved by the Senate Governance Committee with a 6-0 vote and now is being considered by the full Senate.

Sacramento Bee: Jobs, sobriety can bring about real change

January 19, 2016
One solution would be to support Senate Bill 659 by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. Her bill, which is co-authored by Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Modesto, seeks to provide funding for poverty and homeless programs that insist on services. Bates has bipartisan support in the Legislature but...

Orange County Register: San Clemente hospital hit by failure of two bills

January 19, 2016
This week, the Senate and Assembly health committees rejected legislation authored by state Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, that would have allowed MemorialCare continue to operate the ER as a stand-alone in its new facility as a satellite to...

California Healthline: Sobriety Clause Dooms Homeless Pilot

January 15, 2016
SB 659, by state Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), is designed to help those facilities that require drug testing as a condition of participation to access state funds in the form of a five-year pilot program to help homeless families achieve independence.

Los Angeles Times: Senate panel advances bill to plug Proposition 13 loophole

January 14, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said the current law requiring properties be reassessed only when a majority of the ownership changes hands has allowed some owners to phase such changes to avoid triggering the new tax rate.

San Clemente Times: Assembly, Senate Health Committees Shoot Down Free-Standing Emergency Room Bill

January 14, 2016
Trying the legislative route to create a free-standing or satellite emergency room in San Clemente was unsuccessful for local advocates.

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