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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.

Representatives Look Ahead after Governor's Inauguration

January 11, 2019
Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, was sworn in on Monday, Jan. 8 as the 40th governor of California. Republican Senator Patricia Bates says she looks forward to working with his administration and politicians across the aisle to better serve her constituents.

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.