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KQED: California Senate OKs 'Sanctuary' State Bill; Critics Fear Losing Federal Money

April 4, 2017
An additional amendment would allow people who have previously been deported for violent felonies to be turned over to immigration officials. But Republican Sen. Pat Bates said that amendment doesn’t go far enough. “I remain concerned about the criminals charged with crimes such as stalking, human...

The Daily Caller: California Moves One Step Closer To Becoming 'Sanctuary State'

April 4, 2017
Critics of the bill say it will ultimately allow criminal aliens to be set free and could cause the state to lose criminal justice grant money from the federal government.

Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers advance proposal to increase gas taxes and vehicle fees to fund California road repairs

April 3, 2017
Republican Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel complained the proposal ignores Republican ideas for using existing funds to fix roads.

KPCC: California bill aims to improve mental health care at VA facilities

March 31, 2017
The legislation is part of a broader package of veteran-related bills. For example, SB 410, sponsored by Nguyen, seeks to improve access to state jobs for newly discharged vets. SB 197, sponsored by Sens. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), encourages construction of...

Orange County Register: State champion San Clemente football team honored in Sacramento

March 28, 2017
State Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel spoke about the team’s first CIF State championship in 52 years on the senate floor. Coach Jaime Ortiz and players Brandon Reaves and Turner Tonkovich joined her.

Oceanside Patch: Bills Introduced To Improve Healthcare And Jobs For Veterans

March 28, 2017
One of the bills introduced, Senate Bill 197, could assist with financing the construction of a mental health care facility at Camp Pendleton.

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.