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March 20, 2019
Sen. Bates with John Kabateck, NFIB State Director in California. Photo credit: Nate Haderlie. SACRAMENTO – The National Federation of Independent Business , one of the nation’s leading advocates for small and independent business owners, awarded its “Guardian of Small Business” award to Senator...
March 13, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s announcement that he will suspend California’s death penalty: “I’m disappointed that today’s action undermines the will of California’s voters who spoke clearly in 2016 to...
March 11, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s housing plan that would withhold gas tax money for road repairs unless local communities meet certain conditions. “The Governor’s proposal to hold money for road repairs captive unless...
March 4, 2019
Front row from left to right: Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis; Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins; Sen. Patricia Bates; Woman of the Year Honoree Lisa Rodman; Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove; and Sen. Connie Leyva, Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. Photo taken by Lorie Shelley...
February 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has introduced Senate Bill 401 , which would close a major loophole that allows elected officials and candidates to avoid contribution limits. SB 401 would subject candidate-controlled ballot measure committees to the same contribution limits...
February 22, 2019
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | South Orange County Senior Day | State of the State | Legislative Update | Homelessness Update | Orange County Text-to-911 | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights
February 15, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) and Assemblyman William Brough ( R-Dana Point) have introduced Senate Bill 283 and Assembly Bill 551 to require law enforcement to drug test in cases of fatalities occurring within 48 hours of a traffic collision. Current state law only...
February 12, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement in response to Governor Newsom's State of the State remarks: "Californians by their nature are optimistic and I appreciate the Governor's upbeat tone about addressing the state's many challenges. I welcome his...
February 1, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) announced today that she has earned a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2018 legislative score card . The NFIB advocates for America’s small and independent business owners,...
January 28, 2019
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | State Budget Update | Legislative Update | Be Storm Ready | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights
January 24, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) introduced Senate Bill 161 which would help protect Californians from the dangers of fentanyl and pursue illegal distributors. In December 2018, federal health officials named fentanyl America’s deadliest drug and has officially...
January 20, 2019
Gov. Gavin Newsom released his 2019-20 budget earlier this month that, at first glance, has something for everyone to love and dislike. His budget can be classified into three parts — the good, the bad, and the ugly.