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Senate Committee Again Rejects Bill to Address Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
January 14, 2020
For the fourth year in a row, the Senate Public Safety Committee today refused to pass legislation written by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and sponsored by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes that would help protect Californians from the dangers of fentanyl and pursue illegal distributors...
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Governor's Budget Plan
January 10, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 budget proposal : “I give the Governor credit for increasing Rainy Day Fund reserves, investing in teacher training, and enhancing the state’s emergency response capabilities to...
Senate Committee Rejects Sen. Patricia Bates' Bill to Restore "Opt-in" Voter Registration at DMV
January 7, 2020
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee today rejected on a partisan vote Senate Bill 57 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have restored “opt-in” voter registration at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). “Given that the Secretary of State’s...
Sen. Patricia Bates Announces State Funding to Help South OC Cities Create More Housing
January 6, 2020
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 Aliso Viejo ($160,000), Dana Point ($160,000), and Rancho Santa Margarita ($25,000) to help create more housing supply. “I am...
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates to Pursue State Action on "Rehab Riviera" Concerns
January 17, 2018
Hoping to build on the momentum created by a recent media investigation into Southern California’s drug rehab industry, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced Senate Bill 902 to address some of the concerns that were raised.
Sen. Bates Comments on Governor’s Budget Plan
Sen. Bates Comments on Governor’s Budget Plan
Senate Republican Leader Bates and Senator Nielsen Respond to Governor's 2018-19 Budget Proposal
January 10, 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 : Senate Republican Leader Bates: “California’s projected...
Senate GOP Leader Bates and Colleagues Recommend 2-2-2 Framework to Responsibly Invest Budget Surplus
January 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO - The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office recently projected that California could have a general fund surplus of $7.5 billion this year. If this proves correct, the Legislature will have an opportunity to address some of the significant challenges facing California. Rather than...
Senator Patricia Bates Encourages College Seniors and Grads to Apply for Senate Fellowships
January 2, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced the availability of applications for the 2018-19 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and local elected officials. “The Senate Fellows...
Senate Republican Leader Bates Urges Bicameral, Bipartisan Review of Capitol Sexual Harassment
December 13, 2017
On behalf of members of the California State Senate Republican Caucus, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) recently sent a letter to California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) calling...
Lilac Fire Recovery Resources
December 11, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) shared the following update for affected constituents of the Lilac Fire in North San Diego County: According to CAL FIRE, the #LilacFire is now 80 percent contained as of this morning and is holding steady at 4,100 acres. The Governor quickly...
Lilac Fire Resources
December 8, 2017
Dear Neighbors, The safety of you and everyone in our region is my top concern as the Lilac Fire and others rage throughout California. If you or someone else is in a life threatening emergency, call 911. If you need to talk to someone about evacuations, shelters, road closures and other disaster-...
Statement by Senate GOP Leader Patricia Bates on Senate Leadership Transition
December 7, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, of Laguna Niguel, released the following statement after Senate Democrats chose Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) to serve as their next leader, and thus the next Senate President pro Tempore: “For someone who has achieved historic milestones...
Senate GOP Leader Bates Earns Top Scores from Statewide Public Safety Associations
December 4, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) earned top marks from two statewide law enforcement associations for her leadership to help keep all Californians safe. She earned a “100 percent” rating from the California Police Chiefs Association and a “94 percent” rating...
CA Manufacturers & Technology Association Recognizes Senate GOP Leader Patricia Bates as "Champion of Manufacturing"
November 15, 2017
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) has recognized her as a "Champion of Manufacturing" in its 2017 Manufacturing Vote Record . The association represents 400 businesses from the...
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