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June 19, 2018
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) yesterday honored Douglas Landscape Inc. as her 2018 Small Business of the Year. Senator Bates recognized the South Orange County landscaping business during the California Small Business Day awards luncheon in Sacramento.
June 18, 2018
Republican lawmakers today proposed allocating an additional $25 million to the Attorney General’s office to remove illegal guns from convicted felons and adults with severe mental illness. “There are at least 10,000 people in California who are illegally in possession of guns,” said Senator Jim...
June 14, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ), Senator Jim Nielsen ( R-Tehama ), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and budget conferee, and Senator John Moorlach ( R-Costa Mesa ), member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and budget...
June 12, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly Business and Professions Committee approved Senate Bill 1109 authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ). SB 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and...
June 7, 2018
Glen Newhart, President of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation (right) and Dr. Jim Dagostino, Chairman of the Tri-City Healthcare District (left) pose for a photo with Sen. Bates’ legislative resolution honoring Tri-City Hospital Foundation at the California State Senate Chamber in Sacramento. To...
May 22, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Senate Bill 1109 authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) passed unanimously off the Senate floor. SB 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opioids...
May 16, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) announced today that the Democrat-controlled Senate Governance and Finance Committee rejected her Senate Bill 1237 . Her bill would have corrected an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” in Proposition 13...
May 11, 2018
SACRAMENTO - Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) , vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, responded to Governor Jerry Brown's 2018-19 budget proposal . The Governor’s May Revision outlines a record breaking $199.3...
May 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement on the passing of former State Assemblyman and Senator Sam Aanestad: “Senator Sam Aanestad was a great Californian who will be sorely missed by his friends, family and those he served. He was a...
May 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) released the following statement on the passing of former California Governor George Deukmejian: “I'm saddened to learn of the passing of one of California's most effective and popular governors in George Deukmejian. He was a...

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June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today unanimously approved a request by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) to have the nonpartisan State Auditor’s office audit the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA)...
June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Orange County’s Ocean Institute as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36 th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol. “The Ocean Institute’s work is a...
June 23, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's decision to hold SB 562, the government-run health care proposal, 'in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice': "Speaker Rendon says that SB 562 is '...
June 20, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), who represents North San Diego County in the state Senate, today responded to the news that federal authorities have seized one of the nation’s largest loads of fentanyl in the greater San Diego area – enough to kill 14 million people:
June 19, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 197 today by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which would lower the cost of constructing medical facilities in California that serve veterans and...
June 6, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) recently sent a letter to Governor Brown urging him to implement the passage of Proposition 51, the state school bond initiative.
June 5, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Oceanside Therapy Group (OTG) as the 2017 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. Bates recognized owners Joshua and Rebekah Van Orden during the California Small Business Day awards lunch in Sacramento. “Oceanside Therapy...
June 1, 2017
Click here to listen to Senate Republican Leader Bates’ remarks from the Senate floor. SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Senate Bill 562, a government-run health care proposal , passed today in the California State Senate...
May 31, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) today issued the following statement in response to a report produced by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which was financed by those who want government-run health care through Senate Bill 562 . "Californians should take today's...

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May 12, 2016
More than 500 residents from South Orange County and beyond attended a regional town hall meeting tonight at the Laguna Hills Community Center to learn about ongoing efforts to address the proliferation of “sober living homes” in their communities.
May 5, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and others that would protect first responders if they damage a drone during the delivery of emergency services.
April 28, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved a resolution by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that urges Congress and President Obama to approve legislation that would move nuclear waste from the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to a safer location.
April 21, 2016
The Senate Health Committee this evening defeated Senate Bill 1283 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have allowed a city or county to craft health and safety standards for sober living homes.
April 20, 2016
On a partisan vote, the Senate Education Committee today voted down Senate Bill 1249 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have restored the full ability of school districts to save money in reserve accounts.
April 19, 2016
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee today approved Senate Bill 1467 by Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) that would close a major loophole in campaign finance law.
April 15, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is encouraging high school students to participate in a statewide photography contest that seeks images representing the Golden State. The “California Through My Eyes” contest is sponsored by LegiSchool, a civic education collaboration between the California...
April 12, 2016
The Senate Public Safety Committee today approved bipartisan legislation authored by Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that would make “ransomware” the criminal equivalent of extortion. It would be a crime...
April 12, 2016
Two Senate committees today approved three bills by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enhance support of California’s military veterans. Two of those bills would provide tax relief and one would remedy an oversight concerning veterans clubs in state law.
April 7, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates released the following statement after Assemblyman Tom Lackey released a new estimate from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) showing that Californians are paying $2 billion in higher gas prices annually due to the California Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Program.

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May 26, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Department of Education has designated four public schools in Senate District 36 as “Gold Ribbon Schools.” One is located in South Orange County and three are located in North San Diego County. Each school will receive a...
May 15, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) joined with San Diego-area state lawmakers to celebrate the new Fisher House at Camp Pendleton by authoring a legislative resolution. The resolution was provided prior to the House’s dedication today at Camp Pendleton. “Providing our veterans and active...
May 15, 2015
In this Issue Wildfires - Are You Ready? Fire Fee Refund Drought Restrictions Legislative Update Transportation Update Environmental Good News San Diego Forward Upcoming Events 36th District Highlights Connect on Social Media Wildfires - Are You Ready? California now faces the threat of wildfire...
May 15, 2015
To better serve South Orange County residents living in the 36th Senate District, we have moved our OC district office to inside the Laguna Hills Civic Center.
May 14, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised 2015-16 budget proposal : “I’m encouraged that the Governor’s revised budget seems consistent with my top budget priorities of protecting education, saving for a rainy day, and paying down the...
May 4, 2015
In advance of the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) meeting on May 5 to enact drought-related emergency regulations, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) sent a letter to Felicia Marcus, SWRCB’s Chair, to urge her to modify the proposed...
April 30, 2015
Assemblyman Bill Brough and Senator Patricia Bates today issued the following joint statement in response to the Assembly and Senate Health Committees referring their proposals to help preserve emergency care services at San Clemente Hospital for additional study. “We are disappointed that our...
April 28, 2015
The Senate’s Public Safety Committee today unanimously approved legislation by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would crack down on convicted sex offenders who remove or disable their GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking devices. “Making GPS tampering a felony offense would deter...
April 23, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) will present her bill to create a felony penalty for convicted sex offenders who remove or disable their GPS (Global Positioning System) tracking device to the Senate Public Safety Committee on Tuesday, April 28, at 9 a.m., in State Capitol Room 3191. “Sex...
April 14, 2015
Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee today blocked legislation authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to expand current exemptions for Firearm Safety Certificates to include those honorably discharged from the United States military. “I support gun safety laws, but...

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