Current Press Releases

April 28, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement on the signing of Senate Bill 1 which is a $5.2 billion annual tax increase that will grow over time and has no sunset date.
April 25, 2017
The Senate Human Services Committee today approved Senate Bill 232 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to help move families out of poverty through a holistic approach that addresses the root problems of their individual circumstances. “I am encouraged by the committee’s...
April 25, 2017
The Senate Public Safety Committee blocked Senate Bill 176 today by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), which would have enhanced criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl and carfentanil. Both drugs have been linked to numerous deaths across the nation in...
April 18, 2017
Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee today voted down Senate Bill 75 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a partisan 5 to 2 vote that would have expanded the definition of “violent felonies.” It would have covered additional offenses deemed to be serious and...
April 6, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the 2-1 decision from the 3rd District Court of Appeal upholding California’s collection of billions of dollars in “voluntary” revenue from the “cap-and-trade” program: “Addressing climate change requires an...
April 6, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 1 , which would raise $52 billion in taxes over the next 10 years to repair California’s roads and highways. “Californians with low to moderate incomes are the big losers...
April 3, 2017
Following the Governor’s defense of the state’s largest-ever transportation tax proposal - $52 billion – before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senators Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement:
April 3, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 54 (de León). SB 54 would restrict local law enforcement’s ability to interact with federal authorities responsible for immigration enforcement.
March 29, 2017
Today, Assembly and Senate Republicans released a joint statement on the plan unveiled by Governor Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León to increase transportation taxes and fees by more than $5 billion annually.
March 29, 2017
The Senate Governance and Finance Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 197 today by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which would encourage the construction of medical facilities in California that serve veterans and active duty troops afflicted with...

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