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Senator Patricia Bates Earns High CalChamber Score for Efforts to Protect Jobs
October 26, 2020
The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) has awarded Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) a high score in its 2020 Vote Record on issues important to the state’s job creators. “I am pleased to be recognized by CalChamber yet again for my work to protect economic growth and opportunity in...
Pat's Perspective: October 2020
October 13, 2020
COVID-19 Update The Governor has issued revised guidance affecting activities in Orange and San Diego Counties. Visit the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy for the latest details on each business or activity in your county. Counties assigned to the red tier are still experiencing “substantial...
Senator Patricia Bates Announces State Housing Planning Grant for Aliso Viejo
October 7, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded a $150,000 Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grant to the City of Aliso Viejo to help create more housing supply. “I congratulate the City of Aliso Viejo on...
Statement on Governor's Climate Change Decree
October 7, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), the Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom issued a sweeping executive order today concerning climate change: “Policies to successfully address climate change require informed...
State Controller, Finance Director & Budget Chair Must Stop Taxpayer Funded Campaign Outreach Contract
September 30, 2020
Without legal authority and bypassing the state’s open bid contracting procedures, the California Secretary of State entered a $35 million agreement with a partisan public relations firm to conduct “voter outreach.” These state funds were intended to help with the administration of local county...
Senator Patricia Bates Applauds Allocation of COVID-19 Homeless Aid to Local Governments
September 29, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for awarding more than $4.5 million in COVID-19 homeless aid to the Counties of Orange and San Diego. The money will help fund homeless prevention, emergency shelters, street...
Senator Patricia Bates Announces State Grant for San Juan Capistrano to Create Housing
September 28, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded a $150,000 Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grant to the City of San Juan Capistrano to help create more housing supply. “I am pleased to see the City of...
Statement on Deputy-Involved Shooting in San Clemente
September 24, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after a fatal deputy-involved shooting occurred yesterday in San Clemente: “Yesterday was a sad day for our community. As we mourn the life of Kurt Reinhold and express our concern about his death and concern for the deputies...
Statement on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
September 19, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I'm very saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Ginsburg. While she is best known for her advocacy of justice and equality, her friendships...
Governor Approves Sen. Bates' Measure to Eliminate Filing Fees for Non-Profits
September 10, 2020
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) into law that will eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. Senator Bates authored SB 934 in partnership with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). “I thank the...
Senate Rejects Long-Term Fix to Save Local Journalism, Opts for Band-Aid Instead
September 1, 2020
On a partisan vote, the California State Senate on Sunday rejected an amendment from Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to Assembly Bill 323 (Rubio) that would have significantly helped community newspapers keep their doors open for the long-term. Instead, the Senate passed AB 323 that will...
Personal Update on COVID-19 and Legislative Work
August 28, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today: “I am currently self-isolating in Sacramento after a Senate colleague tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. I took a test for the virus and learned today that I have tested negative. “Due to public health...
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