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San Clemente Times: South Orange County Wastewater Authority to be Audited by Independent Firm

July 13, 2017
Per a request by state Sen. Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough, both of whom represent San Clemente and Dana Point, an independent audit of the financial procedures of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA) will be conducted.

Dana Point Times: Ocean Institute Honored as Top Nonprofit

July 10, 2017
The Institute was selected by Senator Patricia Bates as an “exceptional nonprofit” organization in the 36th State Senate District community.

Orange County Register: South Orange County water agency to be focus of state audit

June 29, 2017
The audit was announced on Wednesday, June 28, after the Joint Legislative Audit Committee unanimously approved an audit request from state Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel and state Assemblyman Bill Brough, the former mayor of Dana Point.

San Jose Mercury News: Single-payer health care put on hold in California as leader calls bill 'woefully incomplete'

June 24, 2017
Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a brief statement, saying only that California Republican senators agreed with Rendon that SB 562 is “woefully incomplete.”

Los Angeles Times: California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelves single-payer healthcare bill, calling it 'woefully incomplete'

June 24, 2017
“Speaker Rendon says that SB 562 is ‘woefully incomplete.’ California State Senate Republicans agree,” Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Nigel) said in a statement.

Associated Press: $125B state budget approved

June 16, 2017
“It’s corrosive to continue to break promises,” said Senate Minority Leader Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. “Californians were promised better schools, better health care, better roads. Yet this budget falls short on all three counts.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Boys & Girls Club awards outstanding members

June 2, 2017
Hernandez was presented with a proclamation signed by Sen. Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Rocky Chávez for her outstanding character and perseverance.

Fox Business: California Gov. Brown Sees Uncertainty as He Proposes Budget

May 11, 2017
Meanwhile state Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates called the proposal a "lemon of a budget" saying that the state could not afford its increased spending. "Now is not the time for the legislature to create new spending we cannot afford," she said.

Associated Press: California gas prices to rise under bill signed by governor

April 29, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates said Brown and Democratic lawmakers should have embraced a plan to fund road repairs that did not increase taxes.