Current Press Releases

February 13, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Working in partnership with San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced Senate Bill 1109 to help address the opioid epidemic in California. “Education is one of the most powerful weapons...
February 8, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) was recognized last night as one of three state legislators to receive a “2017 Life Sciences Champion Award” from the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA). The award was presented at a legislative reception in Sacramento.
February 5, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 403 , authored by Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez ( R-Lake Elsinore ) and amended in the Senate to include an urgency clause, passed on the Assembly Floor...
February 2, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) announced today that she has earned a 100 percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2017 legislative score card . The NFIB is one of the nation’s leading advocates for small business...
February 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved Assembly Bill 403 , the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act, which has been championed by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez ( R-Lake Elsinore...
January 25, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown's State of the State address today: "I congratulate Governor Brown on his final State of the State speech. He will leave behind a deep legacy of public service to Californians. "...
January 10, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) , vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, responded to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2018-19 budget proposal : Senate Republican Leader Bates: “California’s projected...
January 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO - The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office recently projected that California could have a general fund surplus of $7.5 billion this year. If this proves correct, the Legislature will have an opportunity to address some of the significant challenges facing California. Rather than...
January 2, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced the availability of applications for the 2018-19 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and local elected officials. “The Senate Fellows...
December 13, 2017
On behalf of members of the California State Senate Republican Caucus, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) recently sent a letter to California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) calling...

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