Current Press Releases

March 15, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller ( R-Bakersfield ) has decided to step down as Senate Republican Leader. Senate Republicans elected Senator Patricia “Pat” Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) to serve as the next Senate Republican Leader. Senator Fuller is termed-out next year and wanted to...
March 13, 2017
The Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement today after the committee approved Senate Bill 54 (de León) on a partisan 5 to 2 vote. SB 54 would restrict local law enforcement’s ability to interact with federal...
February 23, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate majority party removed Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) from the Senate Chamber this morning after peacefully expressing her views during regular session:
February 21, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is seeking local entries for the California State Senate art collection, which features local artwork from every region of California. Artists from the 36th Senate District can submit as many works as they like, and Senator Bates will select the entry that...
February 16, 2017
Her bill would expand the definition of “violent felonies” to include additional offenses deemed to be serious and violent in nature by most Californians, including rape of an unconscious person and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer or firefighter.
February 9, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding the California State Water Resources Control Board's decision yesterday to extend the state's emergency drought regulations: “With California’s rivers and reservoirs rising significantly in recent months, it is a...
January 30, 2017
Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) announced today that they will introduce legislation that could help fund California’s transportation infrastructure with foreign earnings from U.S.-based multinational corporations.
January 24, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State address to the California Legislature:
January 10, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget proposal:
January 9, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced the availability of applications for the 2017-18 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and local elected officials. “Serving as a Senate fellow is a...

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