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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
August 13, 2019
California State Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bill Monning (D-Carmel) have introduced Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 11 this week that urges Congress and the President to approve legislation that would prioritize the removal of spent nuclear fuel from decommissioned nuclear sites in...

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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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October 25, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) encourages residents to discard their unneeded prescription medications by participating in the 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which takes place on Saturday, October 28th. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) sponsors the...
October 21, 2017
Today, Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle (Bieber) and Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (Laguna Niguel) released the following joint-statement: The entire Legislature has been shaken by recent reports of abuse, harassment and sexual assault in and around the Capitol. These stories have...
October 11, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement after Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 620 which could allow courts to dismiss penalty enhancements for criminals who use a gun, an “assault weapon,” even a machine gun while committing or attempting to...
October 2, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement about the horrific shooting in Las Vegas: “Words can't truly convey the horrific nature of what happened last night in Las Vegas. As we await further details, I grieve for those killed and pray for the...
September 27, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) submitted a letter to Governor Brown urging him to veto the ‘sanctuary state’ legislation. Senate Bill 54 is the ‘sanctuary state’ bill which will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using funding or personnel...
September 18, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 1250 (Jones Sawyer) failed to pass at the end of this year's legislative session. There were discussions that the Legislature would vote on the bill Friday night. Instead the bill may be...
September 16, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R- Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after the state Assembly and Senate approved an amended version of Senate Bill 54 that was agreed to by Governor Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León. SB 54 would restrict local law enforcement's...
September 16, 2017
Senate Republicans fought to oppose AB 186. Click here to view video. SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after Assembly Bill 186 (Eggman) failed to pass on the Senate floor. If AB 186 passed, it would have effectively legalize the...
September 15, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate passed a package of housing bills that would increase costs and make it more difficult for California residents to pursue their dream of becoming a homeowner. According to the California...
September 14, 2017
In defense of California taxpayers, State Senator Janet Nguyen today announced that she has introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment (SCA 15) to preserve taxpayer protections that were approved by voters in 1996 through Proposition 218. A recent court decision has opened the door for tax...

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September 27, 2016
Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1137 authored by Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that will make “ransomware” the criminal equivalent of extortion. It will be a crime punishable by up to four years in jail.
August 29, 2016
The California State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and others that would protect first responders if they damage a drone during...
August 25, 2016
SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation written by Democratic Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that would expand California’s pilot program...
August 25, 2016
The California State Senate today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1137 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.
August 25, 2016
The California State Senate today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1458 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would expand eligibility for the state’s property tax exemption to military veterans who previously did not qualify.
August 11, 2016
The Assembly Appropriations Committee today refused to pass 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 this year.
July 14, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster).
July 13, 2016
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a plan yesterday to extend California’s controversial cap-and-trade tax program beyond its December 31, 2020 expiration date. This plan bypasses the Legislature in order to avoid the legally required two-thirds vote needed to continue cap-and-trade.
July 6, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the news today of Marian Bergeson’s passing.
June 22, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored North County Lifeline – which has offices in Oceanside and Vista – as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol.

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