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April 26, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 1203 recently passed out of the Senate Education Committee unanimously. In response to recent shootings on school campuses across the United States, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) authored SB 1203 which would bring the education code up-to-date...
April 25, 2018
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee yesterday rejected an amended version of Senate Bill 1204 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) that would have doubled the penalty (from a maximum of 6 months to a maximum of 12 months in county jail) for directing,...
April 25, 2018
SACRAMENTO - The Senate Health Committee today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1290 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would end the practice of treating people with drug addiction as commodities that can be bought, sold and exploited by residential treatment...
April 24, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee today voted down Senate Bill 976 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have prohibited the early release of many dangerous offenders into local communities. Senator Bates authored a similar bill, SB 75...
April 19, 2018
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Health Committee yesterday evening approved Senate Bill 902 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) on a bipartisan vote that would require a state and federal criminal background check for operators of a residential treatment facility (RTF). “I am...
April 17, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has released the following statement on the passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush: “I am heartbroken to learn of Barbara Bush's passing as she displayed an unwavering love for America. She vigorously championed the cause of family...
April 16, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Bill 1109 , authored by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) passed out of the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee with bipartisan support. SB 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth,...
April 10, 2018
SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee today refused to pass Senate Bill 1103 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California in recent years. “...
April 4, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) recently delivered a letter, signed by all 13 members of the Senate Republican Caucus , to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. The letter highlighted the need for an in-depth review of the state’s Armed Prohibited...
March 23, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Governor Jerry Brown announced today that Nancy McFadden, who served as his executive secretary and chief of staff since 2011, passed away last night after a long battle with ovarian cancer...

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May 25, 2017
Senate Republicans Respond to Passage of Government-run Healthcare Proposal SACRAMENTO - Today, the government-run healthcare proposal, Senate Bill 562 , passed out of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations on a party line vote of 5 to 2. This week, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles...
May 11, 2017
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown's revised 2017-18 budget proposal : Senate Republican Leader...
May 1, 2017
The California State Senate 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 active duty troops afflicted...
April 28, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement on the signing of Senate Bill 1 which is a $5.2 billion annual tax increase that will grow over time and has no sunset date.
April 25, 2017
The Senate Human Services Committee today approved Senate Bill 232 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to help move families out of poverty through a holistic approach that addresses the root problems of their individual circumstances. “I am encouraged by the committee’s...
April 25, 2017
The Senate Public Safety Committee blocked Senate Bill 176 today by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), which would have enhanced criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl and carfentanil. Both drugs have been linked to numerous deaths across the nation in...
April 18, 2017
Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee today voted down Senate Bill 75 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a partisan 5 to 2 vote that would have expanded the definition of “violent felonies.” It would have covered additional offenses deemed to be serious and...
April 6, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the 2-1 decision from the 3rd District Court of Appeal upholding California’s collection of billions of dollars in “voluntary” revenue from the “cap-and-trade” program: “Addressing climate change requires an...
April 6, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 1 , which would raise $52 billion in taxes over the next 10 years to repair California’s roads and highways. “Californians with low to moderate incomes are the big losers...
April 3, 2017
Following the Governor’s defense of the state’s largest-ever transportation tax proposal - $52 billion – before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senators Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement:

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April 5, 2016
Local Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews Senator Bates about political ethics reform and synthetic drugs.
April 5, 2016
The Senate’s Public Safety Committee today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1323 by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California in recent days...
April 4, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issued the following statement today after a joint Senate committee hearing on the updated high-speed rail business plan:
March 31, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement in response to Senate Bill 3 that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in California.
March 28, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement in response to a plan that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in California.
March 17, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, today responded to the release of the nonpartisan State Auditor’s findings from an audit of Caltrans maintenance operations. The audit concerned the methods used by Caltrans to make spending...
March 6, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan: "I am saddened to learn of Nancy's passing, but take comfort in that she will be reunited with her husband and best friend, President Reagan. She was a wonderful...
March 2, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following joint statement today in response to the news that Saddleback Memorial Medical Center’s San Clemente campus (San Clemente Hospital) will close on May 31: “We share the disappointment felt by...
February 25, 2016
Citing the increase in the illicit use of a drug called fentanyl and the threat it poses to the public, Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) have introduced Senate Bill 1323 to enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors. “The illicit use of fentanyl and its...
February 24, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) has introduced Senate Bill 1467, which would close a major loophole that allows elected officials and candidates to avoid contribution limits. Bates authored her bill in response to the case of former State Senator Leland Yee, who mentioned the loophole...

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April 13, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), whose district includes Mission San Juan Capistrano that Father Junipero Serra founded, today issued the following statement after the State Senate approved Senate Joint Resolution 4 (Lara) that would remove Serra’s statue from the U.S. Capitol and replace...
March 27, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Carole Allen as Orange County’s 36th Senate District Woman of the Year during a breakfast this morning in Laguna Niguel. “To South Orange County, Carole Allen embodies the values of hard work and dedication that have made California a land of...
March 26, 2015
Almost 200 residents of Carlsbad and surrounding North County communities descended upon the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa tonight to learn directly from Facebook staff, local educators, and law enforcement on how to stay safe online.
March 10, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is now seeking entries for the California State Senate art show, which features local artwork from every corner of California. Artists from the 36th Senate District can submit as many works as they would like, and Senator Bates will select the entry that...
March 3, 2015
Brad Pomerance interviews Senator Bates about her return to Sacramento and transportation funding.
March 2, 2015
Senator Bates and Assemblyman Brough have introduced legislation intended to help preserve life-saving emergency care services at San Clemente’s Saddleback Memorial Medical Center.
January 9, 2015
Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2015-16 budget proposal : “The Governor’s budget contains some common sense concepts such as building the state’s rainy day fund, further reducing debt, and investing in priorities such as education...
January 6, 2015
Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today her committee assignments for the 2015-16 legislative session: Appropriations (Vice Chair) Business, Professions and Economic Development (Vice Chair) Transportation and Housing Governance and Finance Environmental Quality Joint Legislative Budget...
January 5, 2015
Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after attending the inauguration of Governor Jerry Brown, where his inaugural address also served as his constitutionally required annual report to the Legislature: “I congratulate Governor Brown as he begins his historic...
December 2, 2014
Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) took the oath of office shortly after noon on Monday to officially become a member of the California State Senate, representing the 36th District.

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