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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.
Orange County Register: Orange County sheriff: California bill could cost department $26 million contract
April 5, 2017
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has warned that her department could lose its $26 million federal contract to house immigrant detainees under a state bill aimed at restricting local police from aiding federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.
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Los Angeles Times: California Senate GOP leader: Release Capitol whistleblowers from non-disclosure agreements
California Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates is wading into the sexual harassment debate that has swept up the Capitol and is calling on her...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Peek at North County community events
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San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego's Toni Atkins is tapped as the first woman leader of the California State Senate
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a laudatory statement about the announcement and described a cooperative working...