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Senators Bates and Atkins' Bill to Build Specialized Veteran Medical Facilities Clears First Hurdle
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...
Senators Bates and Atkins Join Forces to Author Legislation to Help Wounded Service Members
March 23, 2017
Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) have announced that they have authored Senate Bill 197 to encourage the construction of medical facilities in California that serve veterans and active duty troops afflicted with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic...
Senate Republicans Announce Leadership Transition
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...
Sen. Bates Issues Statement on Senate Appropriations Committee Approving "Sanctuary State" Bill
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...
Statement on Senate Majority Party's Silencing of Senator Janet Nguyen
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:
Senator Bates Seeks Entries for State Capitol Art Contest
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...
Senator Bates Authors Measure to Reclassify Heinous Crimes as Legally "Violent"
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.
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on State Decision to Extend Drought Regulations
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...
Senators Bates and Nguyen to Introduce "Repatriate, Rebuild and Repave" Bill
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.
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Governor's State of the State Address
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:
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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...