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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.
ABC San Diego: California Senate approves gas tax bill
April 7, 2017
“Californians with low to moderate incomes are the big losers of this deal as it raises the gas tax by 70 percent and increases the average cost of registering a car by 25 percent," Senator Patricia Bates said in a release after the vote.
Voice of San Diego: San Diego’s Partisan Split on State Gas Tax Hike
April 7, 2017
“That is a bad deal for drivers in urban areas such as San Diego who have to travel long distances to get to work,” Bates said.
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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...
Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown gives judges discretion over when to lengthen prison sentences in gun crimes
The governor drew criticism Wednesday from state Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel for signing the measure a...