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March 2, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced Senate Bill 668 in partnership with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association to delay the implementation date of a provision of Proposition 19 (2020) from February 16, 2021, to February 16, 2023. The delay would apply...
March 1, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced legislation to correct an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” that has been part of the long running debate around commercial property and Proposition 13 (the 1978 initiative that limited...
February 18, 2021
Today, Democrats on the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee approved Governor Newsom’s proposal to change state law retroactively to hand over $35 million to the partisan political firm SKDK, who simultaneously campaigned to elect President Biden last year and conducted “voter outreach.”...
February 17, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced “Brandon’s Law” ( Senate Bill 434 ) to prohibit an operator of rehabilitation treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. The new bipartisan bill is identical to last year...
February 12, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 to designate a portion of State Route 15 near the community of Rainbow in San Diego County as the “CAL FIRE Chief William R. Clayton Memorial Highway.” Chief Clayton, who passed away in...
February 11, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) today for awarding a $4.2 million Local Housing Trust Fund grant to the Orange County Housing Finance Trust (OCHFT) to create new affordable housing units. “I thank the Department...
January 26, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced 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 21, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has introduced Senate Bill 214 to permanently grant the County of Orange the authority to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) transportation plan in Rancho Mission Viejo. “We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Orange County with the increased...
January 21, 2021
I share the frustration regarding the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, as we are not seeing the results we all want to see. Public health officials are asking for everyone’s patience as they work to meet the high demand for the vaccine. For the latest vaccine information from the State of...
January 8, 2021
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 budget proposal : “I welcome the Governor’s budget efforts to strengthen public health, speed up vaccine distribution, and reopen our schools, which cannot come soon enough for...

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August 25, 2020
The California State Assembly today approved Senate Bill 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a 75 to 0 vote that would eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. It will go to Governor Newsom for his consideration. Senator Bates authored SB...
August 17, 2020
Dear Neighbor, The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide “Flex Alert,” a call for voluntary electricity conservation, that began on Sunday and extending through Wednesday. The Flex Alerts are in effect from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Consumers should be prepared for...
August 10, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grants to the cities of San Clemente ($300,000) and Rancho Santa Margarita ($150,000) to help create more housing supply. “...
August 4, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) applauded the recent announcement that California’s program to help residents safely dispose of their unwanted medicines has been expanded throughout the state. Thanks to a $3 million grant from the California Department of Health Care Services, an...
July 30, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded $6 million to organizations in Orange and San Diego counties to help Californians with low incomes become or remain homeowners. “The economic disaster...
July 29, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded funding to Orange and San Diego counties to help house young adults who are at-risk of becoming homeless. “I appreciate the efforts of the California...
July 17, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that the California State Assembly’s Transportation Committee will not consider her Senate Bill 1373 that would have protected open space and ensured that no toll road extension will go through the City of San Clemente. The committee advised...
July 17, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Finance officially notified the Legislature yesterday on how it will allocate almost $1.8 billion from California’s share of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund to cities and counties. The money will help fund...
July 8, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that “ Smart Cups ” in Mission Viejo is her 2020 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. “Smart Cups embodies the qualities of innovation and hard work that define California’s small businesses, especially during these...
June 26, 2020
The California State Senate 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. “I thank Senate Democrats and Republicans for approving my bill to keep San Clemente and other...

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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...
August 9, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after news media reported the release of an audit finding that the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) produced almost 84,000 duplicate voter registrations and an even higher number of erroneous...
August 8, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after learning of the passing of Orange County Auditor-Controller Eric Woolery : "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend, Eric Woolery. As Auditor-Controller, Eric was a steadfast...
July 23, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after Governor Gavin Newsom announced new leadership at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the release of the “DMV Strike Team” report . “The Governor’s actions today are steps in the right direction to...
July 11, 2019
The Assembly Governmental Organization Committee has approved Senate Bill 465 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would ensure local governments continue to receive funding for offsite emergency response planning, training, and exercises related to the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear...
July 9, 2019
The Assembly Business and Professions Committee today approved Senate Bill 679 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would streamline the process for licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs), marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), and clinical social workers (LCSWs) in other...
June 19, 2019
The Assembly Education Committee today approved Senate Bill 541 by Senators Patricia Bates (R–Laguna Niguel) and Anthony Portantino (D–La Cañada Flintridge) that would require all kindergarten through 12th grade public and private schools, with an occupant capacity of 50 or more students, to...
June 19, 2019
Senator Bates presents a resolution honoring PJ Graphics as Small Business of the Year to owners Tom Hartley (2nd from left), Helen Hartley (right) and daughter Debbie Hartley (left) inside the Senate Chamber at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored...
June 18, 2019
The Assembly Health Committee today approved Senate Bill 589 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would prohibit an operator of addiction treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. The next stop for the bill is the Assembly Appropriations...
June 13, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after legislative Democrats approved the 2019-20 state budget ( Assembly Bill 74 ): “Despite a budget surplus of $22 billion, the record $215 billion budget framework that the Legislature approved today is contingent on more...

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August 29, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Concurrent Resolution 159 (SCR) recently passed out of the California State Assembly and is a memorial resolution to commemorate fallen Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa. Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) is a joint author of SCR 159 with Senator Ricardo Lara ( D-Bell...
August 25, 2018
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today on the passing of United States Senator John McCain (R-Arizona): "America has lost a patriot and public servant in Senator McCain. He served our country with honor on the battlefields of Vietnam and in the arena of...
August 21, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after the Assembly Appropriations Committee refused to approve her Senate Bill 1203 that requires most K-12 schools to have policies on hand for conducting lockdown drills. The Senate approved SB 1203 on a...
August 14, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) released a joint statement on potential wildfire legislation: “We believe it is in the best interest of the public for the Legislature to defer discussion of inverse condemnation to a later time. The...
August 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement after a request to audit the California Department of Motor Vehicles failed to pass today during a hearing of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee: “Fixing the DMV is not a partisan issue, but a California issue...
August 3, 2018
SACRAMENTO – In an effort to provide some relief to Californians who have to wait for hours at their local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to conduct routine business, Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) will propose urgency legislation that will give an additional 90 days on all...
July 25, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California Water Commission announced its approval to allocate $2.7 billion to build a variety of water storage projects using funds from Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure...
June 28, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after the Senate approved Assembly Bill 375 (Chau and Hertzberg) that will provide more power for Californians to hold companies accountable for the potential abuse of their data: “I am pleased to help pass a...
June 26, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 1151 , authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ), passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee on a unanimous vote yesterday. SB 1151 would authorize San Diego County or any city in the County to establish a Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEV)...
June 20, 2018
SACRAMENTO - Today, Senate Bill 1226 , authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), passed out of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on a unanimous vote. SB 1226 would make changes to laws governing residential properties and direct the California Building Standards...

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