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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...
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...
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...
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...

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June 11, 2019
Assembly policy committees today approved two bills authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on bipartisan votes and will head next to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for its consideration. The bills are: SB 141 – Approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee, the bill requires...
June 5, 2019
From left to right: Renee Stevenson, South County Outreach's (SCO) Director of Operations; Lara Fisher, SCO President and CEO; Senator Bates; Brandon Stillman, SCO Board Treasurer; and Kerry Franich, SCO Board Chair. A high-resolution photo is available upon request. Photo Credit: Lorie Shelley, CA...
May 24, 2019
The California State Senate 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 Generating Station (SONGS...
May 23, 2019
The California State Senate 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 enrollment of 50 or more students, to conduct one...
May 23, 2019
The California State Senate today unanimously 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. “I’m pleased that my Senate colleagues approved my...
May 22, 2019
The California State Senate has unanimously approved Senate Bill 746 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would require all health care insurance providers, that already cover chemotherapy or radiation therapy, to cover anticancer medical devices as of January 1, 2020. “No one should be...
May 9, 2019
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom released his revised 2019-20 budget proposal : “The Governor’s desire for new taxes despite an estimated $21.5 billion budget surplus is unfortunate, unhelpful, and unnecessary. For example, adding...
May 6, 2019
The California State Senate 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 states to become...
May 6, 2019
The California State Senate today approved 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...
April 23, 2019
The Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments today rejected Senate Bill 401 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have closed a major loophole that allows elected officials and candidates to avoid contribution limits. SB 401 would have subjected candidate-...

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June 19, 2018
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) yesterday honored Douglas Landscape Inc. as her 2018 Small Business of the Year. Senator Bates recognized the South Orange County landscaping business during the California Small Business Day awards luncheon in Sacramento.
June 18, 2018
Republican lawmakers today proposed allocating an additional $25 million to the Attorney General’s office to remove illegal guns from convicted felons and adults with severe mental illness. “There are at least 10,000 people in California who are illegally in possession of guns,” said Senator Jim...
June 14, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ), Senator Jim Nielsen ( R-Tehama ), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and budget conferee, and Senator John Moorlach ( R-Costa Mesa ), member of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and budget...
June 12, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California State Assembly Business and Professions Committee approved Senate Bill 1109 authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ). SB 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and...
June 7, 2018
Glen Newhart, President of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation (right) and Dr. Jim Dagostino, Chairman of the Tri-City Healthcare District (left) pose for a photo with Sen. Bates’ legislative resolution honoring Tri-City Hospital Foundation at the California State Senate Chamber in Sacramento. To...
May 22, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, Senate Bill 1109 authored by Senator Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) passed unanimously off the Senate floor. SB 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opioids...
May 16, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) announced today that the Democrat-controlled Senate Governance and Finance Committee rejected her Senate Bill 1237 . Her bill would have corrected an outdated interpretation of property “change of ownership” in Proposition 13...
May 11, 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 . The Governor’s May Revision outlines a record breaking $199.3...
May 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) issued the following statement on the passing of former State Assemblyman and Senator Sam Aanestad: “Senator Sam Aanestad was a great Californian who will be sorely missed by his friends, family and those he served. He was a...
May 8, 2018
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) released the following statement on the passing of former California Governor George Deukmejian: “I'm saddened to learn of the passing of one of California's most effective and popular governors in George Deukmejian. He was a...

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June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today unanimously approved a request by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) to have the nonpartisan State Auditor’s office audit the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA)...
June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Orange County’s Ocean Institute as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36 th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol. “The Ocean Institute’s work is a...
June 23, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's decision to hold SB 562, the government-run health care proposal, 'in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice': "Speaker Rendon says that SB 562 is '...
June 20, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), who represents North San Diego County in the state Senate, today responded to the news that federal authorities have seized one of the nation’s largest loads of fentanyl in the greater San Diego area – enough to kill 14 million people:
June 19, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 197 today by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which would lower the cost of constructing medical facilities in California that serve veterans and...
June 6, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) recently sent a letter to Governor Brown urging him to implement the passage of Proposition 51, the state school bond initiative.
June 5, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Oceanside Therapy Group (OTG) as the 2017 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District. Bates recognized owners Joshua and Rebekah Van Orden during the California Small Business Day awards lunch in Sacramento. “Oceanside Therapy...
June 1, 2017
Click here to listen to Senate Republican Leader Bates’ remarks from the Senate floor. SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Senate Bill 562, a government-run health care proposal , passed today in the California State Senate...
May 31, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) today issued the following statement in response to a report produced by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which was financed by those who want government-run health care through Senate Bill 562 . "Californians should take today's...

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May 12, 2016
More than 500 residents from South Orange County and beyond attended a regional town hall meeting tonight at the Laguna Hills Community Center to learn about ongoing efforts to address the proliferation of “sober living homes” in their communities.
May 5, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and others that would protect first responders if they damage a drone during the delivery of emergency services.
April 28, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved a resolution by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that urges Congress and President Obama to approve legislation that would move nuclear waste from the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to a safer location.
April 21, 2016
The Senate Health Committee this evening defeated Senate Bill 1283 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have allowed a city or county to craft health and safety standards for sober living homes.
April 20, 2016
On a partisan vote, the Senate Education Committee today voted down Senate Bill 1249 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have restored the full ability of school districts to save money in reserve accounts.
April 19, 2016
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee today approved Senate Bill 1467 by Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) that would close a major loophole in campaign finance law.
April 15, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is encouraging high school students to participate in a statewide photography contest that seeks images representing the Golden State. The “California Through My Eyes” contest is sponsored by LegiSchool, a civic education collaboration between the California...
April 12, 2016
The Senate Public Safety Committee today approved bipartisan legislation 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. It would be a crime...
April 12, 2016
Two Senate committees today approved three bills by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enhance support of California’s military veterans. Two of those bills would provide tax relief and one would remedy an oversight concerning veterans clubs in state law.
April 7, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates released the following statement after Assemblyman Tom Lackey released a new estimate from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) showing that Californians are paying $2 billion in higher gas prices annually due to the California Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Program.

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