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February 27, 2020
Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) announced that they have jointly introduced the “Voter Roll Accuracy Act” ( Senate Bill 994 ) to increase the accuracy of county voter rolls by requiring jury commissioners to share relevant changes in a prospective juror’s...
February 26, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced two additional bills to help improve outcomes for people recovering from substance addiction. SB 1144 requires the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to take action against an unlicensed facility if...
February 21, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced legislation in partnership with the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) to eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. “I’m pleased to work with the Franchise Tax Board to...
February 20, 2020
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded planning grants to the cities of San Clemente ($310,000) and San Juan Capistrano ($160,000) to help create more housing supply. This is in...
February 19, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his “State of the State” speech to a joint convention of the California Legislature: “California is a land of dreamers and doers, and I appreciate the Governor’s positive tone about...
February 18, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced 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. “...
January 29, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced “Brandon’s Law” ( Senate Bill 863 ) to prohibit an operator of rehabilitation treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. The new bill is similar to Senate Bill 589 that...
January 23, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced two bills to help newspapers and freelance journalists continue to operate in California by exempting them from the state’s new anti-independent contracting law, Assembly Bill 5 (Gonzalez, 2019). “Assembly Bill 5 took...
January 15, 2020
The Senate Health Committee today blocked Senate Bill 486 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have prohibited commercially-operated substance abuse recovery residences (also known as sober living homes) from engaging in patient brokering. “It’s sad that today’s decision means...
January 14, 2020
The Senate Public Safety Committee today rejected Senate Bill 710 (“Keeping California Safe Act”) authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have alleviated the unintended and dangerous consequences of recent criminal justice reforms enacted in California. “The Legislature...

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March 11, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s housing plan that would withhold gas tax money for road repairs unless local communities meet certain conditions. “The Governor’s proposal to hold money for road repairs captive unless...
March 4, 2019
Front row from left to right: Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis; Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins; Sen. Patricia Bates; Woman of the Year Honoree Lisa Rodman; Senate Republican Leader Shannon Grove; and Sen. Connie Leyva, Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. Photo taken by Lorie Shelley...
February 27, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has introduced Senate Bill 401 , which would close a major loophole that allows elected officials and candidates to avoid contribution limits. SB 401 would subject candidate-controlled ballot measure committees to the same contribution limits...
February 15, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) and Assemblyman William Brough ( R-Dana Point) have introduced Senate Bill 283 and Assembly Bill 551 to require law enforcement to drug test in cases of fatalities occurring within 48 hours of a traffic collision. Current state law only...
February 12, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement in response to Governor Newsom's State of the State remarks: "Californians by their nature are optimistic and I appreciate the Governor's upbeat tone about addressing the state's many challenges. I welcome his...
February 1, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) announced today that she has earned a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2018 legislative score card . The NFIB advocates for America’s small and independent business owners,...
January 24, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) introduced Senate Bill 161 which would help protect Californians from the dangers of fentanyl and pursue illegal distributors. In December 2018, federal health officials named fentanyl America’s deadliest drug and has officially...
January 10, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Today, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) provided the following statement on Governor Newsom's 2019-20 budget proposal: "In Governor Newsom's first budget there is a lot to applaud, including expanded efforts to pay off debt, build the state's reserves, and increase the Earned...
January 7, 2019
SACRAMENTO - Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today as the California State Legislature bid farewell to Governor Jerry Brown and welcomed Gavin Newsom as the state's new governor: "I congratulate Governor Newsom on his inauguration and wish him well as he...
January 4, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) recently introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 which would mark June 12, 2019, and every June 12th annually as President George H.W. Bush Day. Our nation’s 41st Commander-in-Chief was born on June 12, 1924. SCR 3 is currently in the Senate...

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March 22, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) and Assemblyman Bill Brough ( R-Dana Point ) issued the following statement after the nonpartisan State Auditor’s office released its audit today of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA). “This state audit...
March 21, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement following a Senate floor ceremony this afternoon where Senator Toni Atkins ( D-San Diego ) took the oath of office as Senate President pro Tempore: “I congratulate Senator Atkins on assuming the...
March 13, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Following a year of devastating floods, fires, mudslides and other extreme weather, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) joined Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and other legislative leaders: Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León ( D-Los Angeles ), Assembly...
March 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California High-Speed Rail Authority released a business plan today that estimates the project’s cost jumping another 20 percent (from $64 billion to $77 billion) and the opening date...
February 13, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Working in partnership with San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced Senate Bill 1109 to help address the opioid epidemic in California. “Education is one of the most powerful weapons...
February 8, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) was recognized last night as one of three state legislators to receive a “2017 Life Sciences Champion Award” from the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA). The award was presented at a legislative reception in Sacramento.
February 5, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 403 , authored by Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez ( R-Lake Elsinore ) and amended in the Senate to include an urgency clause, passed on the Assembly Floor...
February 2, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) announced today that she has earned a 100 percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2017 legislative score card . The NFIB is one of the nation’s leading advocates for small business...
February 1, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved Assembly Bill 403 , the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act, which has been championed by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez ( R-Lake Elsinore...
January 25, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown's State of the State address today: "I congratulate Governor Brown on his final State of the State speech. He will leave behind a deep legacy of public service to Californians. "...

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