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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...
Governor Signs Senator Patricia Bates' Measure to Streamline Oversight of Mental Health Professionals
September 3, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 531 into law, a measure that streamlines and improves the enforcement process at the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. “With the number of therapists and social workers continuing to grow, it’...
Orange County Office Open House
September 3, 2015
Join neighbors, community leaders and local elected officials in meeting Senator Bates and her District Office staff. Learn about ways they can be of assistance and participate in the discussion on issues that are important to you.
Assembly Approves Senator Patricia Bates' Bill to Imprison Sex Offenders Who Remove GPS Devices
September 2, 2015
The State Assembly today overwhelmingly approved legislation by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would crack down on convicted sex offenders who remove or disable their GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking devices. “I thank Assembly Democrats and Republicans for their overwhelming...
Straight Outta Sacramento: Majority Party Rejects Plan to Fund Roads Without Higher Taxes, Approves Bill to Raise Costs Instead
September 2, 2015
SACRAMENTO – Last night on a party-line vote, the Senate’s majority party rejected legislation co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to repair California’s deteriorating roads without higher taxes. Yet hours earlier, the majority party voted for a bill that Caltrans estimates...
Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Ban Drones from Fire Zones
August 31, 2015
The State Senate today approved bipartisan legislation that Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) co-authored with Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado), Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), Assembly Member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and others to make it a serious state crime to fly a drone...
Senator Patricia Bates Co-Authors Bill Requiring "Sanctuary" Cities to Alert Feds Before Releasing Illegal Immigrant Felons
August 20, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has co-authored legislation by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside), that would require city and county officials, who are set to release a felon in the country illegally, to first notify the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
Senator Patricia Bates Co-Authors Bill to Ban Drones from Fire Zones
August 18, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that she has co-authored bipartisan legislation by Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado), Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) and Assembly Member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) to make it a serious state crime to fly a drone over a wildfire...
Governor Approves Senator Patricia Bates' Measure Supporting Neighborhood Electric Vehicles
August 10, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 241 into law, her measure to support the use of neighborhood electric vehicles in Orange County. The Senate and Assembly previously passed SB 241 unanimously.
Senator Patricia Bates Proposes Amendment to Allow Schools to Save for a Rainy Day
July 15, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has introduced an amendment to Assembly Bill 531 that, if approved, will repeal the cap on public school reserves. The Senate could debate AB 531 as early as this Thursday, at which time Bates will ask that her amendment be incorporated. “Parents, local...
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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.