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San Jose Mercury News: Single-payer health care put on hold in California as leader calls bill 'woefully incomplete'

June 24, 2017
Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a brief statement, saying only that California Republican senators agreed with Rendon that SB 562 is “woefully incomplete.”

Los Angeles Times: California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelves single-payer healthcare bill, calling it 'woefully incomplete'

June 24, 2017
“Speaker Rendon says that SB 562 is ‘woefully incomplete.’ California State Senate Republicans agree,” Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Nigel) said in a statement.

Associated Press: $125B state budget approved

June 16, 2017
“It’s corrosive to continue to break promises,” said Senate Minority Leader Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. “Californians were promised better schools, better health care, better roads. Yet this budget falls short on all three counts.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Boys & Girls Club awards outstanding members

June 2, 2017
Hernandez was presented with a proclamation signed by Sen. Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Rocky Chávez for her outstanding character and perseverance.

Fox Business: California Gov. Brown Sees Uncertainty as He Proposes Budget

May 11, 2017
Meanwhile state Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates called the proposal a "lemon of a budget" saying that the state could not afford its increased spending. "Now is not the time for the legislature to create new spending we cannot afford," she said.

Associated Press: California gas prices to rise under bill signed by governor

April 29, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates said Brown and Democratic lawmakers should have embraced a plan to fund road repairs that did not increase taxes.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Oceanside teen named Boys & Girls Club's California Youth of the Year

April 26, 2017
While in Sacramento, Hernandez and Orange County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Sarah Arce met with state Sen. Patricia Bates, whose district stretches from Laguna Hills to Encinitas, to receive certificates in honor of their accomplishments

KABC Radio L.A.: Legislative Pushback Against Releasing Violent Criminals Under Prop 57

April 24, 2017
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

April 19, 2017
Senate Bill 75, introduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would have reclassified more than 20 offenses as violent felonies, including certain forms of rape and crimes such as inflicting injury on a child and assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Prison reform: Time to redefine violent crimes, California

April 17, 2017
It’s time for a vigorous, public debate about which crimes should be designated violent by the state.

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