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The Hill: California governor proposes big spending increases
January 11, 2019
Four days into his term in office, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) laid out an ambitious and costly agenda of new spending on social services that his famously skin-flint predecessor resisted.
Newsom unveils a $209-billion budget to boost schools and healthcare and fight poverty
January 10, 2019
State Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said any refusal to fund transportation projects would fly in the face of promises made to voters last fall who left in place higher fuel taxes and vehicle fees
Sacramento Bee: Did non-citizens vote last year? California officials still can't say
January 4, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced a bill last month that would adopt an opt-in voting process and do away with automatic registration of customers.
GOP lawmaker pitches plan to kill California's new DMV voter registration system
December 17, 2018
"Enough is enough,” state Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said in a statement on Monday. “I've been deeply troubled reading the media reports highlighting the failed motor voter program.”
Los Angeles Times: For the Republicans left in California's Legislature, fewer lawmakers will have to do more work
December 16, 2018
From January to late summer every year, the California Legislature is a perpetual motion machine.
Capital Public Radio: Ninety-Third California Legislature Convenes At State Capitol
December 3, 2018
California lawmakers took their oaths of office for the Legislature’s 2018-2019 session Monday at the state Capitol with promises to fight poverty, homelessness and wildfires.
George H.W. Bush's legacy extends to Rancho Mirage retreats; condolences pour in
December 1, 2018
State Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said, "My thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family as they mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush, whose extraordinary life inspired many in his family to serve others."
Coast News Group: New granny-flat law could help Encinitas with its affordable-housing shortfall
October 19, 2018
SB 1226 is the first bill that Encinitas has sponsored in more than 20 years. Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), who represents the 36th District covering Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside and parts of Orange County, authored SB 1226.
Del Mar Times: Accessory dwelling law proceeds in Encinitas
October 11, 2018
Encinitas property owners will have more leeway in adding small homes on their land as a result of City Council action Wednesday, Oct. 10, as well as passage of legislation last week in Sacramento.
Capistrano Dispatch: Senator Bates' Office Offers Lesson in Safe Driving at San Juan Capistrano Community Center
October 4, 2018
Dozens of seniors packed the San Juan Capistrano Community Center on Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, for a two-hour lesson on safe driving organized by the Office of State Senator Patricia Bates and The California Highway Patrol.
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