Current Press Releases

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...
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-...
September 5, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) responds to today's announcement from the federal government about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program: "The President has rescinded an unconstitutional executive order from the prior administration that he had...
September 1, 2017
Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee moved Assembly Bill 1250 to the Senate Rules Committee to undergo further legislative review, and could be considered next year. AB 1250 is a special interest bill sponsored by two of the most powerful public employee unions in California under the guise...
August 18, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 197 is a bipartisan proposal authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) and Senator Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego ) that supports a public-private partnership helping California’s veterans. It is currently pending a decision in the Assembly Appropriations Committee...
August 16, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today on the passing of Ross Johnson, who served as Assembly Republican Leader, Senate Republican Leader, and chair of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He was the first person to...
August 15, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today submitted a letter to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) during a public comment period regarding proposed regulations that could lead to the early release of dangerous "nonviolent" inmates and diminish victim rights.
July 24, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement on the passing of former Senate Republican Leader Dave Cogdill who passed away Sunday morning after battling pancreatic cancer: "I had the honor of working and serving with former Senate Republican Leader...
July 17, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved legislation to extend cap-and-trade [Assembly Bill 398]. “The real threat of climate change should not be used as an excuse to increase the cost of gas,...
July 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO – This morning, a letter from members of the Senate Republican Caucus was delivered to Governor Jerry Brown outlining their concerns on cap-and-trade. The letter conveys to the Governor that the “… Caucus is united in opposition to the current efforts to extend the state’s cap-and-trade...

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