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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.

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.

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.

Los Angeles Times: Vietnamese American leaders demand an apology for Sen. Janet Nguyen's removal from the state Senate floor

March 4, 2017
State Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) called the claim that Nguyen was removed because she had violated Senate rules "fake news."

San Diego Union-Tribune: Top Pendleton Marines recognized

March 2, 2017
Several dozen Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors representing various units were honored for outstanding service at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s annual Enlisted Recognition Reception on Feb. 23 at the Veterans Association of North County.

Orange County Register: South Orange County Community College District celebrates its golden anniversary

March 2, 2017
The South Orange County Community College District celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Board of Trustees meeting, Feb. 27, at Saddleback College.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report

February 24, 2017
Sen. Pat Bates and Sen. Joel Anderson both expressed outrage after their colleague, Sen. Janet Nguyen, was removed from the Senate chamber after criticizing a former Democratic lawmaker over his stance on the Vietnam War.