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Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on Bill that Could Reduce Sentences for Gun-Toting Criminals
October 11, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement after Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 620 which could allow courts to dismiss penalty enhancements for criminals who use a gun, an “assault weapon,” even a machine gun while committing or attempting to...
Senate Republican Leader Bates' Statement on Las Vegas Shooting
October 2, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement about the horrific shooting in Las Vegas: “Words can't truly convey the horrific nature of what happened last night in Las Vegas. As we await further details, I grieve for those killed and pray for the...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Urges Governor Brown to Veto 'Sanctuary State' Bill
September 27, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) submitted a letter to Governor Brown urging him to veto the ‘sanctuary state’ legislation. Senate Bill 54 is the ‘sanctuary state’ bill which will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using funding or personnel...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on Assembly Bill 1250
September 18, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 1250 (Jones Sawyer) failed to pass at the end of this year's legislative session. There were discussions that the Legislature would vote on the bill Friday night. Instead the bill may be...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Responds to Legislature's Approval of "Sanctuary State" Bill
September 16, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R- Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after the state Assembly and Senate approved an amended version of Senate Bill 54 that was agreed to by Governor Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. SB 54 would restrict local law enforcement's...
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Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on Bill to Create Government-Sanctioned Drug Dens
September 16, 2017
Senate Republicans fought to oppose AB 186. Click here to view video. SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 186 (Eggman) failed to pass on the Senate floor. If AB 186 passed, it would have effectively legalize the...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Says Democrats' Housing Package Will Make Affordable Housing More Expensive
September 15, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a package of housing bills that would increase costs and make it more difficult for California residents to pursue their dream of becoming a homeowner. According to the California...
Senator Janet Nguyen and Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates Announce Constitutional Amendment to Preserve Taxpayer Protections on Local Tax Initiatives
September 14, 2017
In defense of California taxpayers, State Senator Janet Nguyen today announced that she has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA 15) to preserve taxpayer protections that were approved by voters in 1996 through Proposition 218. A recent court decision has opened the door for tax...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on Passage of Bill Diluting North County's Voice on Transportation Issues
September 7, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today approved Assembly Bill 805 (Gonzalez Fletcher) that would change the governing structure of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). It would concentrate decision-making over all regional transportation funds in San Diego County into the...
Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Sen. Bates to Help Level Campaign Playing Field
September 6, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate yesterday unanimously approved Senate Bill 45 (Mendoza) that would prohibit taxpayer-paid mass mailings from being sent to constituents within 60 days preceding an election by or on behalf of a state or local candidate running for office. The bill is co-...
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Washington Post: In California, a direct -- if expensive -- resistance to President Trump's Washington
“There is a lot of talk about how progressive the session was, but I feel it was very regressive,” said State Sen. Patricia Bates, the chamber’s...
Coastline Pilot: Aliso Creek estuary once had 14 acres of wetlands; now, there’s a plan to restore some of them
The project has caught the attention of state Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and county supervisor Lisa Bartlett, whose fifth district includes...
Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown gives judges discretion over when to lengthen prison sentences in gun crimes
The governor drew criticism Wednesday from state Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel for signing the measure a...