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June 14, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate today approved a 2021-22 budget proposal agreed to by Assembly and Senate Democrats: “Everyone knows the real purpose of today’s vote – it is to ensure the Legislature continues to get paid after June 15. Only...
May 28, 2021
A Message from Pat Dear Neighbor, On Memorial Day, we pay our respects to the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have died while serving our nation. While the holiday weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, we must never lose sight of what the day actually means. Whether...
May 28, 2021
Sen. Bates discusses her perspective on the California Legislature and on some of the issues facing the state with Jarhett Blonien of SacTown Talks.
May 23, 2021
When a bare majority of California’s voters approved Proposition 19 in last November’s election, they likely bought the pitch that it would limit property taxes for seniors, wildfire victims and disabled homeowners. Who could oppose such a feel-good initiative? However, what the supporters of Prop...
May 17, 2021
The California State Senate today unanimously approved “Brandon’s Law” ( Senate Bill 434 ) by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to prohibit an operator of rehabilitation treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. SB 434 will head next to the...
May 14, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised 2021-22 budget proposal : “I support investments to help the state address threats such as drought, wildfires, and massive unfunded liabilities. It is also encouraging that the...
May 10, 2021
The California State Senate today voted to confirm Amanda Ray as the 16th Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the first woman and second African American to lead the department of more than 11,000 members. Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), the vice chair of the Senate Rules...
May 7, 2021
The Senate Governance and Finance Committee did not take action on Senate Bill 668 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) yesterday that would delay the implementation date of a provision of Proposition 19 (2020) to February 16, 2023. The committee’s chair, Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg...
May 6, 2021
The Senate Governance and Finance Committee today rejected Senate Bill 706 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a partisan vote that would have corrected an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” that has been part of the long running debate around commercial property...
April 27, 2021
With the support of Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she will continue discussions with the Senate Public Safety Committee and pursue her fentanyl legislation, Senate Bill 75 , in 2022 instead of this year. The bill would add fentanyl,...
April 19, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved Assembly Bill 80 today that will provide state tax deductibility for 100 percent of allowable business expenses paid using Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Emergency Injury...
April 17, 2021
Like the rest of our nation, many small businesses in San Diego County have struggled to pay bills, keep their workers employed, and provide for their customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the government-mandated shutdown, Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program last year to...