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Sober Discussion Marks OC Town Hall on Sober Living Homes
May 12, 2016
More than 500 residents from South Orange County and beyond attended a regional town hall meeting tonight at the Laguna Hills Community Center to learn about ongoing efforts to address the proliferation of “sober living homes” in their communities.
Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Protect First Responders from Drones
May 5, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and others that would protect first responders if they damage a drone during the delivery of emergency services.
Senate Approves Bates' Resolution Urging Federal Action on San Onofre Nuclear Waste
April 28, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved a resolution by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that urges Congress and President Obama to approve legislation that would move nuclear waste from the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to a safer location.
Senate Committee Defeats Bates' Bill to Empower Locals to Regulate Sober Living Homes
April 21, 2016
The Senate Health Committee this evening defeated Senate Bill 1283 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have allowed a city or county to craft health and safety standards for sober living homes.
Senate Committee Rejects Bates' Effort to Repeal Controversial School Savings Cap
April 20, 2016
On a partisan vote, the Senate Education Committee today voted down Senate Bill 1249 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have restored the full ability of school districts to save money in reserve accounts.
Senate Committee Approves Bill to Close Loophole Highlighted by Leland Yee Case
April 19, 2016
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee today approved Senate Bill 1467 by Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) that would close a major loophole in campaign finance law.
Senator Bates Encourages High School Students to Participate in Statewide Photo Contest
April 15, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is encouraging high school students to participate in a statewide photography contest that seeks images representing the Golden State. The “California Through My Eyes” contest is sponsored by LegiSchool, a civic education collaboration between the California...
Bipartisan Bill to Combat "Ransomware" Passes First Test
April 12, 2016
The Senate Public Safety Committee today approved bipartisan legislation authored by Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that would make “ransomware” the criminal equivalent of extortion. It would be a crime...
Senator Patricia Bates' Veterans Bills Clear Senate Committees
April 12, 2016
Two Senate committees today approved three bills by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enhance support of California’s military veterans. Two of those bills would provide tax relief and one would remedy an oversight concerning veterans clubs in state law.
Cap-and-Trade Costing Drivers $2 Billion in Higher Gas Prices
April 7, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates released the following statement after Assemblyman Tom Lackey released a new estimate from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) showing that Californians are paying $2 billion in higher gas prices annually due to the California Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Program.
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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
Chris Stidman, left, president of the United Health Foundation and State Sen. Patricia Bates, center, met with Sgt. Major Julio Meza Nov. 30 at...
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...