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The Hill: Brown plays defense with California's budget surplus

January 11, 2018
"I'm encouraged that the governor wants to add an additional $3.5 billion into the state's rainy day fund," Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates said in a statement.

Bloomberg: Federal Tax Conformity Will Come Late, If at All, in California

January 11, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates is proposing to use an expected windfall from repatriated foreign income to fund state transportation projects.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report: San Diego Lawmakers Outline Goals for 2018

January 5, 2018
The end of one busy political year gave way to another this week when California lawmakers reconvened at the Capitol. Members of San Diego’s delegation assumed new posts, introduced bills and talked more about how to improve the way officials handle sexual harassment claims.

Associated Press: California lawmakers to confront sexual misconduct scandal

January 2, 2018
The 2018 legislative year will bring debates over legislation to boost protections for victims and people who report sexual misconduct, as well as both chambers’ continued efforts to improve their own policies for handling misconduct.

Orange County Register: Urine empire, lax oversight expose flaws in California rehab laws

December 18, 2017
This year, State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced a bill to reform the system, but it stalled in committee. Today, she describes the state’s oversight of rehab operators, sober living homes and counselors as “troubling.”

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report: Bates Wants Victims Released From Nondisclosure Agreements

December 15, 2017
California Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, who represents portions of Orange County and North County in San Diego, this week called for victims to be released from any nondisclosure agreements that prevent them from discussing settlements they agreed to and other details about their...

Los Angeles Times: California Senate GOP leader: Release Capitol whistleblowers from non-disclosure agreements

December 13, 2017
California Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates is wading into the sexual harassment debate that has swept up the Capitol and is calling on her Democratic colleagues to allow whistleblowers to speak out by releasing them from non-disclosure agreements.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Peek at North County community events

December 12, 2017
Chris Stidman, left, president of the United Health Foundation and State Sen. Patricia Bates, center, met with Sgt. Major Julio Meza Nov. 30 at Camp Pendleton to announce a $150,000 grant to increase capacity and enhance the curriculum of the Fisher Children’s Center on base.

San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego's Toni Atkins is tapped as the first woman leader of the California State Senate

December 7, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a laudatory statement about the announcement and described a cooperative working relationship with her Senate colleague.

Coast News Group: $102 million effort aims to restore lagoon

December 1, 2017
Gibson and a throng of state, regional and local officials — including Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear and State Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) — gathered at the lagoon’s nature center to break ground on a historic restoration of the nearly 1,000-acre reserve.