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Senator Patricia Bates Earns 100% Score from the California Taxpayers Association
November 10, 2015
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 Legislative Score Card . “Californians already pay some of...
A Roadmap to Keep California Moving
November 2, 2015
Senator Bates Supports Reforms, Seeks To Dedicate All Transportation Funds To Fix California’s Roads
Senator Patricia Bates Discusses California's Business Climate with North County Restaurant Owners
October 13, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and the California Restaurant Association held a roundtable discussion this afternoon with local restaurant owners at Encinitas’ Roxy Restaurant and Ice Cream. They discussed numerous concerns raised by owners about the state’s business climate that are...
Governor Brown Rejects Senator Patricia Bates' Bill to Imprison Sex Offenders Who Remove GPS Devices
October 3, 2015
After earning nearly unanimous support in the Legislature, Governor Jerry Brown today vetoed Senate Bill 722 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). The bill would have cracked down on sex offenders who willfully remove or disable their GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking devices. “I’m...
Governor Signs Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Modernize Schools Serving Military Families
October 2, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 111 by Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) into law, a measure that will help secure federal funding for California schools serving military families. Bates is a co-author of this...
Senator Patricia Bates Marks Manufacturing Day With Visit to Oceanside's Federal Heath Sign Company
October 2, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) highlighted the importance of manufacturing to California’s economy with a visit to Oceanside’s Federal Heath Sign Company during Manufacturing Day (also known as MFG Day). “Manufacturing is critical to California’s economy and it’s important that all...
Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough Lead Bipartisan Tour to Save San Clemente Hospital's ER
September 21, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough today hosted the chairs of the Legislature’s health committees and other officials on a bipartisan tour of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center’s San Clemente campus. The tour was conducted to show the importance of preserving emergency care services for South Orange County residents.
Senator Patricia Bates Co-Authors Measure to Close Loopholes in "No Budget, No Pay" Law
September 17, 2015
Calling for an end to the political tricks that Californians thought they ended when they approved Proposition 25 in 2010, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has co-authored Senator Bob Huff’s (R-San Dimas) Senate Constitutional Amendment 10 (SCA 10), known as The Budget Accountability and...
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Removal of Gas Reduction Mandate in SB 350
September 9, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate’s Environmental Quality and Transportation and Housing Committees, issued the following response after Governor Brown and legislative Democrats announced they will remove a key provision from Senate Bill 350 that would have required a...
No Drones over Prisons and Jails: Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates
September 4, 2015
The State Senate today sent Governor Jerry Brown bipartisan legislation co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to make it a misdemeanor to fly a drone over a prison or county jail in California. Recent incidents nationwide of drones attempting to deliver porn, drugs, guns and other...
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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...