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Los Angeles Times: California GOP lawmakers introduce bills to boost healthcare and jobs for veterans

March 28, 2017
SB 197 from Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel, which would waive state and local sales taxes for nonprofits that donate facilities to the U.S. Department of Defense — a measure aimed at helping construction of a mental health care facility at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.

Orange County Register: Veterans resource fair with appearance by Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team coming to Saddleback College

March 21, 2017
The third annual Veterans Resource Fair, hosted by Assemblyman Bill Brough and Senator Patricia Bates in partnership with the city of Mission Viejo, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at Saddleback College.

Los Angeles Daily News: LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, other sheriffs oppose 'sanctuary state' bill

March 18, 2017
In a March 3 letter to state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens urged Bates, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and one possible vote against the bill, to oppose the bill.

Orange County Register: Laguna Niguel's Pat Bates named state Senate GOP leader

March 15, 2017
State Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel was elected by her colleagues Tuesday, March 14, to be the next Republican leader in the Senate, and will take the reins from Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, next month.

Los Angeles Times: Caucus elects Patricia Bates as Senate Republican leader

March 14, 2017
State Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel was elected Tuesday as Senate Republican leader by the house’s GOP caucus, and will take over April 12 from Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield, a representative said.

Sacramento Bee: California Senate Republicans elect a new leader

March 14, 2017
“It is no secret that Republicans face a challenging political environment in California,” Bates said in a statement. “But Republicans embrace taxpayers who want a more efficient government, parents who want better schools and safer streets, and citizens who want their constitutional freedoms...

California Senate Republicans elect Patricia Bates as leader

March 14, 2017
Republicans in the California Senate elected Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel as their new leader on Tuesday.

Associated Press: Statewide California 'sanctuary' bill tweaked but still faces pushback

March 14, 2017
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, noted that the amendment only will allow police to notify federal officials if an immigrant is convicted of about two-dozen violent crimes, while leaving out numerous serious offenses.

Orange County Register: South Orange County Senior Day brings out hundreds to community center

March 13, 2017
The event, hosted by State Senator Patricia Bates and State Assemblyman Bill Brough, was a health resource fair for the county’s senior community and was stocked with nurses and doctors, who performed routine check-ups that included checking height, weight, blood pressure and more.

San Jose Mercury News: California's 'sanctuary state' bill clears hurdle, moves to Senate

March 13, 2017
Patricia Bates, a Republican from Southern California who serves as vice chairwoman of the Senate appropriations committee, said she worried the state’s policies would leave otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants vulnerable to criminals who should be deported.