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Vista's "Prohibition Brewing Company" Honored as Small Business of the Year
May 25, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Vista’s “Prohibition Brewing Company” as the 2016 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District.
Pat's Perspective: May 2016
May 19, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | North County San Diego Small Business Seminar on May 20 | Legislative Update | Water Project Update | Affordable Housing for Veterans | Internships Available | In the News | Community Spotlight: Laguna Hills | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Governor's Revised Budget Plan
May 13, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised 2016-17 budget proposal:
Sober Discussion Marks OC Town Hall on Sober Living Homes
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.
Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Protect First Responders from Drones
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.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The truth behind California's hidden gas tax
May 2, 2016
When Californians pay gas taxes at the pump, we expect that money to go toward California’s roads and bridges. Unfortunately, this is not entirely the case.
Senate Approves Bates' Resolution Urging Federal Action on San Onofre Nuclear Waste
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.
Orange County Register: Letters: Legislature undermining local control
April 27, 2016
Re: “Don’t put AQMD under CARB’s thumb” [Opinion, April 21]: The Register’s Editorial Board is absolutely correct regarding an effort by some in the Legislature to take more power away from local governments. As a member of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, I voted against Senate Bill...
Coast News Group: Minimum wage will worsen opportunity inequality
April 22, 2016
When Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new law to increase the minimum wage 50 percent by 2022, it was hailed by some as an historic achievement that will reduce income inequality. But I fear that when the law is fully implemented, income inequality will remain virtually unchanged while making opportunity inequality even worse.
Senate Committee Defeats Bates' Bill to Empower Locals to Regulate Sober Living Homes
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.
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Fox Business: California Gov. Brown Sees Uncertainty as He Proposes Budget
Meanwhile state Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates called the proposal a "lemon of a budget" saying that the state could not afford its...
Associated Press: California gas prices to rise under bill signed by governor
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates said Brown and Democratic lawmakers should have embraced a plan to fund road repairs that did not increase...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Oceanside teen named Boys & Girls Club's California Youth of the Year
While in Sacramento, Hernandez and Orange County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Sarah Arce met with state Sen. Patricia Bates, whose...