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Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Protect San Clemente from Toll Road Extension
May 29, 2020
The Senate Transportation Committee today approved Senate Bill 1373 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enshrine into law that no toll road extension will go through the City of San Clemente. “Today’s outcome is a major step towards ensuring that a potential toll road extension...
Effort to Stabilize Coastal Bluffs and Preserve Beach Access Gains Bipartisan Momentum
May 26, 2020
The Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee today heard Senate Bill 1090 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would help prevent further tragedies on public beaches such as the Encinitas bluff collapse that killed three people in August 2019. The committee did not vote on the bill...
Statement on Governor's Revised Budget Plan
May 14, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised 2020-21 budget proposal : “The Governor’s revised budget plan is right to focus on these most essential priorities – public health, public safety, public education, and...
Statement on Rejection of AB 5 Relief Bills
May 14, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the statement below after the Senate Labor, Public Employment, and Retirement Committee today rejected SB 806 (Grove) and SB 990 (Moorlach) that would have helped independent contractors hurt by AB 5 (Gonzalez, 2019) . Senator Bates is a co-author of...
Sen. Patricia Bates Responds to Governor’s Announcements Regarding Partial Business Reopening and Orange County Beaches
May 4, 2020
Governor Newsom announced today that some California retail businesses can reopen with some modifications by the end of this week. He also announced that Laguna Beach and San Clemente city-run beaches will be allowed to reopen to the public this week. Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued...
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Governor's Closure of Orange County Beaches
April 30, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Governor Newsom announced today that he is closing all beaches in Orange County: “I have supported most of the Governor’s efforts to manage California’s COVID-19 response, but I strongly disagree with today’s order...
Senator Patricia Bates Applauds Passage of Federal COVID-19 Relief Bill
April 24, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the President signed a bipartisan $484 billion bill today to help small businesses and hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic: “I thank the President and both parties in Congress for putting aside their differences to...
In Case You Missed It: "Rent-Reduction Bill a Vast Abuse of Power"
April 22, 2020
The Orange County Register published an op-ed earlier this week by columnist Steven Greenhut explaining why the California State Legislature should oppose Assembly Bill 828 (Ting), which purports to protect tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Greenhut writes, “Rents are high because there’s not...
Senate Leader Toni Atkins Appoints Sen. Patricia Bates as Vice Chair of COVID-19 Response Committee
April 15, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) has appointed her vice chair of a special committee that will review California’s response to COVID-19. The Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response, a bipartisan committee...
Sen. Patricia Bates and Asm. Bill Brough Postpone South OC Senior Day to Protect Public Health
March 11, 2020
Out of an abundance of caution for the wellbeing of Californians, Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough announced today that they are postponing their annual South Orange County Senior Day that was to have taken place this Friday, March 13, in Mission Viejo. Given that the federal...
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...
Senator Patricia Bates Encourages Residents to Discard Unneeded Medicines on October 28th
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...
Legislative Republican Leaders' Statement on Reports of Capitol Sexual Misconduct
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...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on Bill that Could Reduce Sentences for Gun-Toting Criminals
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...
Senate Republican Leader Bates' Statement on Las Vegas Shooting
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...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Urges Governor Brown to Veto 'Sanctuary State' Bill
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...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on Assembly Bill 1250
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...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Responds to Legislature's Approval of "Sanctuary State" Bill
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...
Senate Republicans Oppose AB186
Senate Republicans Oppose AB186
Senate Republican Leader Bates Issues Statement on Bill to Create Government-Sanctioned Drug Dens
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...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Says Democrats' Housing Package Will Make Affordable Housing More Expensive
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...
Senator Janet Nguyen and Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates Announce Constitutional Amendment to Preserve Taxpayer Protections on Local Tax Initiatives
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...
Governor Signs Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Combat "Ransomware"
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.
Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Protect First Responders from Drones Heads to Governor Brown
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...
Senate Sends DUI Ignition Interlock Bill to Governor Brown
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...
Senate Sends Bipartisan Bill to Combat "Ransomware" to Governor Brown
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.
Legislature Approves Bill to Expand Tax Exemption for Veterans With "100 Percent" Disabilities
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.
Assembly Committee Blocks Bill to Address Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
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.
Statement on Senator Sharon Runner's Passing
July 14, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster).
Statement on Plan to Extend Cap-and-Trade Taxes Without Legislative Approval
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.
Statement on Passing of Marian Bergeson
July 6, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the news today of Marian Bergeson’s passing.
North County Lifeline Honored as Nonprofit of the Year
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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