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January 23, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced two bills to help newspapers and freelance journalists continue to operate in California by exempting them from the state’s new anti-independent contracting law, Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez, 2019). “Assembly Bill 5 took...
January 15, 2020
The Senate Health Committee today blocked Senate Bill 486 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have prohibited commercially-operated substance abuse recovery residences (also known as sober living homes) from engaging in patient brokering. “It’s sad that today’s decision means...
January 14, 2020
The Senate Public Safety Committee today rejected Senate Bill 710 (“Keeping California Safe Act”) authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have alleviated the unintended and dangerous consequences of recent criminal justice reforms enacted in California. “The Legislature...
January 14, 2020
For the fourth year in a row, the Senate Public Safety Committee today refused to pass legislation written by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and sponsored by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes that would help protect Californians from the dangers of fentanyl and pursue illegal distributors...
January 10, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 budget proposal : “I give the Governor credit for increasing Rainy Day Fund reserves, investing in teacher training, and enhancing the state’s emergency response capabilities to...
January 7, 2020
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee today rejected on a partisan vote Senate Bill 57 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have restored “opt-in” voter registration at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). “Given that the Secretary of State’s...
December 29, 2019
California’s Department of Motor Vehicles is already dealing with many problems. The last thing that it should be worrying about is whether it is accurately registering people to vote.
December 13, 2019
Re “California’s rising sea level demands aggressive response from state” (Dec. 6): I welcome the call for California’s leaders to address sea level rise in the editorial.
December 12, 2019
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Legislative Report Cards | Legislative Update | Sober Living Homes Update | Addressing Homelessness | Sea Level Rise and Coastal Erosion | Fighting for a Cleaner Environment | Toll Road Town Hall | Tax Return Assistance | Senate Fellows Program | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights
December 12, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after the Sacramento Bee reported that “ At least 600 Californians, including lifelong Republicans and Democrats, have had their voter registration unexpectedly changed, and several county elections officials are pinning...
December 3, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is encouraging college seniors and graduates to consider applying for the 2020-21 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges, and local elected officials. “If you have a desire...
November 25, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William Barr and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson asking for their assistance to improve oversight of the addiction treatment industry. Their...