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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.
Senate Committee Approves Bates and Huff Bill to Combat Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
April 5, 2016
The Senate’s Public Safety Committee today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1323 by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California in recent days...
Senator Bates' Interview with Charter Local Edition
April 5, 2016
Local Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews Senator Bates about political ethics reform and synthetic drugs.
Senate Patricia Bates' Statement Regarding Today's High-Speed Rail Hearing
April 4, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issued the following statement today after a joint Senate committee hearing on the updated high-speed rail business plan:
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Passage of Minimum Wage Bill
March 31, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement in response to Senate Bill 3 that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in California.
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Minimum Wage Deal
March 28, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement in response to a plan that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in California.
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Release of Audit on Caltrans Maintenance Program
March 17, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, today responded to the release of the nonpartisan State Auditor’s findings from an audit of Caltrans maintenance operations. The audit concerned the methods used by Caltrans to make spending...
Statement by Senator Patricia Bates on Nancy Reagan's Passing
March 6, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan: "I am saddened to learn of Nancy's passing, but take comfort in that she will be reunited with her husband and best friend, President Reagan. She was a wonderful...
Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough Respond to Announcement of San Clemente Hospital Closure
March 2, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following joint statement today in response to the news that Saddleback Memorial Medical Center’s San Clemente campus (San Clemente Hospital) will close on May 31: “We share the disappointment felt by...
California's Aerospace Days
February 26, 2016
The California Legislature is recognizing February 29 and March 1, 2016 as “California Aerospace Days.” To download a schedule of events, click here . A cornerstone of California innovation has always been our aerospace industry, and it’s important that we allow it to continue to grow and thrive...
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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.