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March 31, 2020
Dear Neighbor, My staff and I continue our efforts to serve the people of the 36th Senate District (North San Diego and South Orange Counties) during this very challenging time in our world. We engage in several conference calls each day (while practicing social distancing) with state and local...
March 19, 2020
In the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all in this together. The coronavirus does not care about your skin color, gender, religion, income, or political beliefs. If you are human, you are at risk of becoming infected. Our health professionals and scientists are working around the...
March 11, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution for the wellbeing of Californians, Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough announced today that they are postponing their annual South Orange County Senior Day that was to have taken place this Friday, March 13, in Mission Viejo. Given that the federal...
March 11, 2020
In this Issue: A Message from Pat…On the Coronavirus | Postponed: South OC Senior Day | Assembly Bill 5 | Veterans Update | Legislative Update | REAL ID | State of the State | Master Plan for Aging | Civic Involvement Opportunities | 36th District Highlights
March 10, 2020
While Senate Democrats suppressed Senator Patricia Bates’ (R-Laguna Niguel) bill that would have restored “opt-in” voter registration at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) last January , she has introduced a new bill that she hopes they will support: clarifying the existing DMV voter...
March 9, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced legislation to correct an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” that has been part of the long running debate around commercial property and Proposition 13 (the 1978 initiative that limited...
March 5, 2020
Re “New bill takes aim at voter fraud; raises concerns about voter suppression”
February 27, 2020
Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) announced that they have jointly introduced the “Voter Roll Accuracy Act” ( Senate Bill 994 ) to increase the accuracy of county voter rolls by requiring jury commissioners to share relevant changes in a prospective juror’s...
February 26, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced two additional bills to help improve outcomes for people recovering from substance addiction. SB 1144 requires the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to take action against an unlicensed facility if...
February 25, 2020
Californians deserve better from their state government than another law that would limit their economic opportunities. The Legislature must repeal and replace AB5.
February 21, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced legislation in partnership with the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. “I’m pleased to work with the Franchise Tax Board to...
February 20, 2020
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded planning grants to the cities of San Clemente ($310,000) and San Juan Capistrano ($160,000) to help create more housing supply. This is in...