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Senate Republican Leader Bates Responds to UM-Amherst Study on Government-Run Health Care Proposal
May 31, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) today issued the following statement in response to a report produced by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which was financed by those who want government-run health care through Senate Bill 562 . "Californians should take today's...
Senate Republicans Respond to Passage of Government-run Healthcare Proposal
May 25, 2017
Senate Republicans Respond to Passage of Government-run Healthcare Proposal SACRAMENTO - Today, the government-run healthcare proposal, Senate Bill 562 , passed out of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations on a party line vote of 5 to 2. This week, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles...
Senate Republican Leaders Respond to Governor's May Revise
May 11, 2017
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown's revised 2017-18 budget proposal : Senate Republican Leader...
Senate Approves Sen. Bates and Atkins' Bill to Build Specialized Veteran Medical Facilities
May 1, 2017
The California State Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 197 today by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which would lower the cost of constructing medical facilities in California that serve veterans and active duty troops afflicted...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Responds to Signing of Senate Bill 1
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.
Senate Democrats Block Sen. Bates' Bill to Combat Opioid Trafficking
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...
Senate Committee Approves Sen. Bates' Bill to Help Homeless Adults and Children
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...
Senate Democrats Block Sen. Bates' Bill to Reclassify Heinous Crimes as "Violent"
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...
Sen. Patricia Bates Responds to Court Decision on Cap-and-Trade Revenue
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...
Sen. Patricia Bates Responds to Senate Passage of Largest Gas Tax Hike in California's History
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...
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Dana Point Times: Senator Patricia Bates Names Donna Kalez 'Woman of the Year'
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, as the...
CNBC: California's $77 billion 'bullet train to nowhere' faces a murky future as political opposition ramps up
“It's crazy time with this thing," said Pat Bates, the Republican leader in the state Senate. "Every time we get a new report it's more money and...
OC Register: Rehab Riviera: Addiction advertising can trick you to death
Sen. Pat Bates and Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva and others have introduced bills aiming at cleaning up the industry.