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Sen. Bates and San Diego District Attorney Renew Effort to Keep Sex Offender Court Hearings Open to the Public
January 26, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced legislation in partnership with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan to extend the presumption of openness that exists in California courtrooms to proceedings under the Sexually Violent Predator Act...
Sen. Bates Authors Bill to Solidify Use of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles
January 21, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has introduced Senate Bill 214 to permanently grant the County of Orange the authority to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) transportation plan in Rancho Mission Viejo. “We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Orange County with the increased...
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
January 21, 2021
I share the frustration regarding the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, as we are not seeing the results we all want to see. Public health officials are asking for everyone’s patience as they work to meet the high demand for the vaccine. For the latest vaccine information from the State of...
Statement on Governor's Budget Plan
January 8, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 budget proposal : “I welcome the Governor’s budget efforts to strengthen public health, speed up vaccine distribution, and reopen our schools, which cannot come soon enough for...
Statement on Passing of Former OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
January 4, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement after learning of the passing today of former Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens: “With deep sadness I learned of the passing of my friend, Sheriff Hutchens, who was an incredible public servant of the highest ethical...
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...
Governor Kills Sen. Bates' Bill to Ban Deceptive Marketing in Rehab Industry
October 14, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom has vetoed Senate Bill 589 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have prohibited an operator of addiction treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. His veto message can be read here . Both the Senate and Assembly...
Governor Signs Bipartisan Bill to Evaluate School Lockdown Drills
October 13, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 541 into law by Senators Patricia Bates (R–Laguna Niguel) and Anthony Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge). As amended, SB 541 will require the California Department of Education to report on the use of existing lockdown drills in K-12 public schools...
Governor Approves Sen. Bates' License Portability Bill
September 30, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that Governor Gavin Newsom has signed her Senate Bill 679 that would streamline the process for licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs), marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), and clinical social workers (LCSWs) in other states to...
Sen. Bates' Statement on Disruption of Senate Session
September 13, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after an individual threw a substance onto senators from the Senate visitors’ gallery: “The incident on the Senate Floor tonight was a criminal act. There is no justification for violence or harmful acts that endanger the...
Sen. Bates Responds to Passage of Independent Contractor Bill
September 10, 2019
After the California State Senate approved Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez) tonight which will significantly limit the ability of Californians to work as independent contractors, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement: “I opposed Assembly Bill 5 because it undermines the...
Governor Signs Sen. Bates' Bill to Require Screening of All Sexually Violent Predators Before Release
September 6, 2019
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law Senate Bill 141 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that will require all inmates convicted of a sexually violent offense to be administered a comprehensive risk assessment before their parole hearing. “Protecting California’s communities is one of...
Senator Bates Calls for Federal and State Assistance to Prevent Coastal Bluff Tragedies
August 27, 2019
In the wake of the tragic bluff collapse in Encinitas earlier this month that took the lives of three people, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she supports the efforts of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, and U.S. Representative Mike Levin, to request...
Senate Approves Resolution to Name Highway in Honor of Costa Mesa Fire Captain Michael Kreza
August 26, 2019
The California State Senate today unanimously approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 21 by Senators Patricia Bates (R–Laguna Niguel) and John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) that designates a portion of State Route 55 from 19th Street to MacArthur Boulevard in Orange County as the “Costa Mesa Fire Captain...
Governor to Consider Sen. Bates' Bill to Screen All Sexually Violent Predators Before Release
August 22, 2019
Governor Newsom will soon decide the fate of Senate Bill 141 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would improve the safety of California’s communities by requiring all inmates convicted of a sexually violent offense to be administered a comprehensive risk assessment before their parole...
Senator Bates Condemns Attack on Senator Richard Pan
August 21, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Rules Committee and former Senate Republican Leader, issued the following statement upon learning that Senator Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) was physically attacked today near the State Capitol. “I condemn the assault on Senator Pan as...
Advocating for all Californians, Senator Bates Earns Perfect Score from California Chamber of Commerce
October 22, 2018
SACRAMENTO – The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) recently awarded Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) with a perfect score (14-0) in its 2018 Vote Record . Out of the 40 California State Senators that represent nearly one million constituents per district, Senator Bates is one of...
Senator Bates' Driver Safety Classes with CHP Draw Close to 500 Attendees
October 4, 2018
Photo courtesy: Office of Senator Patricia Bates Attendees listened intently as Senator Bates welcomed them to the “Age Well, Drive Smart” class at the Laguna Hills Community Center. SACRAMENTO – Nearly 500 senior citizens from South Orange County packed two different venues earlier this week to...
No More Hiding in the Shadows for Granny Flats
October 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO - Senate Bill 1226 , authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ), was recently signed into law and will assist property owners who have existing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or “granny flats.” SB 1226 will make changes to laws governing residential properties and direct the...
Senator Bates Issues Statement on DMV Audit
September 24, 2018
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement on the ordering of a performance audit of the Department of Motor Vehicles: "Long wait lines and poor customer service have angered Californians and caused them to lose confidence in the DMV. While the previously proposed audit...
Legislation to Increase Opioid Preventative Education Becomes Law
September 24, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 1109 , authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ), was recently signed into law. SB 1109 will promote opioid preventative education and educate the public, especially young people and student athletes, by explaining the risk of addiction and overdose from...
Measure to Promote Neighborhood Electric Vehicles in San Diego County Becomes Law
September 19, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Bill 1151 was signed into law, which may provide residents in San Diego County with increased mobility choices to move around their communities in neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV). SB 1151, authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ), will authorize San...
Three Key Bills from Senator Bates Await Governor Brown's Consideration
September 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO – As the 2018 Legislative Session wrapped up on August 31 st , three key bills introduced by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Nigue l) will soon head to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for his consideration: Senate Bills 1109, 1151, and 1226. These bills have received bipartisan support in...
2018-19 Legislative Session Filled with Bad Policies and Missed Opportunities, Californians Deserve Better
September 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO – The amount of damage to Californians’ pocketbooks, the ability to live affordably in the state and the need to keep communities safe, all these important issues and more rest on the over 1,000 bills that were sent to Governor Jerry Brown when the legislative session came to a close on...
Bill to Help Human Trafficking Victims Heads to Governor
September 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO - The Senate unanimously approved bipartisan measure co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) that would help human trafficking victims get back on their feet. Specifically, Assembly Bill 900 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher ( D-San Diego ) would: Make it...
Senator Bates Pushes Legislation to Strengthen Law for Patients of Residential Treatment Facilities
August 30, 2018
SACRAMENTO – As co-author and Senate floor manager of Assembly Bill 3162, Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) presented the bill on the Senate Floor. AB 3162 would clarify and help the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) more effectively administer and manage the issuance of licenses...
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