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Orange County Register: Stuck between threats of lawsuits and felonies, county auditors want their own lawyers

August 11, 2017
The bill, introduced by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, is one floor vote away from being approved and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

Orange County Register: Dozens attend forum on single-payer health care

August 1, 2017
Panelists included state Sen. Patricia Bates, physician Dr. Jeffrey Barke, president of Orange County Association of Health Underwriters Juan Lopez and past president of National Association of Health Underwriters Alan Katz.

Fox & Hounds: Is Cap-and-Trade Really a Free Market Solution to Climate Change?

July 21, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel said that “the world’s elites will applaud what California did... but it will be hardworking Californians who will pay the price.”

San Clemente Times: South Orange County Wastewater Authority to be Audited by Independent Firm

July 13, 2017
Per a request by state Sen. Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough, both of whom represent San Clemente and Dana Point, an independent audit of the financial procedures of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA) will be conducted.

Dana Point Times: Ocean Institute Honored as Top Nonprofit

July 10, 2017
The Institute was selected by Senator Patricia Bates as an “exceptional nonprofit” organization in the 36th State Senate District community.

Orange County Register: South Orange County water agency to be focus of state audit

June 29, 2017
The audit was announced on Wednesday, June 28, after the Joint Legislative Audit Committee unanimously approved an audit request from state Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel and state Assemblyman Bill Brough, the former mayor of Dana Point.

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.