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Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Legislature Hiring Eric Holder as Outside Counsel
January 4, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the news that legislative Democrats have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in potential legal disputes with the incoming Trump administration: “California already has an Attorney...
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Veterans Being Forced to Repay Enlistment Bonuses
October 24, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding a Los Angeles Times article that reported that thousands of California soldiers are being forced to repay enlistment bonuses years after going to war. “It is outrageous that thousands of men and women who have...
Senator Patricia Bates Compiles Perfect CalChamber Vote Record
October 24, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced that she compiled a perfect score from the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) in its 2016 Vote Record . CalChamber is a non-profit organization representing more than 14,000 companies of all sizes. “As a small business owner, I know...
Senator Patricia Bates Earns "A" Grade from Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for Defending Taxpayers
October 18, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced that she received an “A” grade from the nonpartisan Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), one of the state’s top watchdogs on tax and public finance issues, in its 2016 Legislative Report Card . HJTA tracked nearly two dozen bills this...
Senator Patricia Bates Earns Perfect Score from California Manufacturers & Technology Association
October 14, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has received a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) in its 2016 Manufacturing Vote Record . The association represents 400 businesses from the entire manufacturing...
Senator Patricia Bates Earns 100% Score from the California Taxpayers Association
October 14, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced that she received a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan California Taxpayers Association (CalTax), the state's largest and oldest organization representing taxpayers, in its 2015-16 Voting Record . “It's humbling to be recognized by a...
Senator Patricia Bates Earns 100% Score From National Federation of Independent Business
October 3, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has earned a 100 percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2016 legislative score card. The NFIB is one of the nation’s leading advocates for small business owners.
Governor Signs Bill to Expand Tax Exemption for Veterans with "100 Percent" Disabilities
September 30, 2016
Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1458 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that will expand eligibility for the state’s property tax exemption to military veterans who previously did not qualify. The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved the bill last month.
Governor Signs Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Protect First Responders from Drones
September 29, 2016
Governor Jerry Brown today signed bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and others that will protect first responders if they damage a drone during the delivery of emergency services.
Statement on Governor's Approval of Bill Allowing Imprisoned Felons to Vote
September 28, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2466 , which will allow convicted felons serving their sentences in county jail to vote while behind bars. “It is very disappointing that felons still serving their...
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Dana Point Times: Senator Patricia Bates Names Donna Kalez 'Woman of the Year'
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, as the...
CNBC: California's $77 billion 'bullet train to nowhere' faces a murky future as political opposition ramps up
“It's crazy time with this thing," said Pat Bates, the Republican leader in the state Senate. "Every time we get a new report it's more money and...
OC Register: Rehab Riviera: Addiction advertising can trick you to death
Sen. Pat Bates and Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva and others have introduced bills aiming at cleaning up the industry.