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Orange County Register: Too soon for county vote centers
June 25, 2017
I support the recent unanimous decision by the Orange County Board of Supervisors to put the brakes on a proposal attempting to create vote centers in limited areas of the county. It was the right decision at the right time. Had the supervisors approved this plan, it would have increased the likelihood of voter fraud in upcoming elections — especially when you consider the wide array of relaxed voting standards recently enacted into law.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Single-payer health plan full of false promises
June 15, 2017
The catch is that this plan would be run by the same state government struggling to fund basic services. Embracing a fantasy that promises everything to everybody, the Senate recently passed Senate Bill 562, which would create a government-run health care monopoly that would essentially outlaw private health insurance.
Times of San Diego: Separating Fact from Fiction in The $52 Billion Gas Tax Increase
May 2, 2017
The largest gas tax increase in California’s history is now law following Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature last Friday. As a strong opponent of the legislation, I urge California’s drivers to learn the facts and to hold accountable those who voted for the tax. Here’s my analysis of the Democratic majority’s claims and the facts behind Senate Bill 1.
Orange County Register: Orange County drivers are no winners in Sacramento backroom deal
April 28, 2017
In recent days, Orange County drivers have heard from some people about how everyone will benefit greatly from the transportation finance bill (Senate Bill 1) that the California Legislature approved this month. More money for road repairs and a constitutional “guarantee” to protect new transportation tax dollars. What’s not to like?
Separating Fact from Fiction on New Gas and Car Taxes
April 25, 2017
As Governor Brown prepares to sign Senate Bill 1 into law that contains the largest gas tax increase in California’s history, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today pushed back on certain claims regarding the bill’s purported virtues. As a strong opponent of SB 1, Bates...
Sacramento Bee: Letters: A step to limit big money in politics
March 9, 2017
Re “Lawmakers raised big money for ballot measures – but didn’t spend much of it” (Data Tracker, March 3): The article by The Sacramento Bee’s Jim Miller highlights the need to close loopholes that allow politicians to skirt individual campaign-contribution limits. I authored Senate Bill 1467 last...
Orange County Register: Choose Cooperation over Confrontation
February 6, 2017
The 2016 presidential election is over. With a new president and a new Congress, California’s leaders now face a choice: be at the table or be on the menu. When I watched Gov. Jerry Brown deliver his State of the State speech in Sacramento recently, I agreed when he said, “When California does well...
Sacramento Bee: Letters: Bill targets fentanyl traffickers
January 5, 2017
Re “ Fentanyl is deadly drug du jour ” (Editorials, Jan. 3): The editorial correctly points out that reversing the tragic trend of fentanyl-related deaths “will take work on many fronts.” Last year, I introduced Senate Bill 1323 with Sen. Bob Huff that would have added fentanyl to the list of drugs...
Orange County Register: Letters: How is Prop. 63 money being spent?
October 5, 2016
Re: “Where has $17 billion in California mental-health funds gone?” [Opinion, Sept. 18]: I share the desire of the Register’s editorial board in ensuring that the $17 billion generated by California’s Mental Health Services Act (Proposition 63) is spent effectively. Last month, the Legislature...
Orange County Register: Imprisoned felons could determine outcome of local elections
August 29, 2016
As a former social worker, I believe in giving people second chances. But allowing felons to vote while still behind bars? That makes no sense.
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Orange County Register: Stuck between threats of lawsuits and felonies, county auditors want their own lawyers
The bill, introduced by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, is one floor vote away from being approved and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Orange County Register: Dozens attend forum on single-payer health care
Panelists included state Sen. Patricia Bates, physician Dr. Jeffrey Barke, president of Orange County Association of Health Underwriters Juan...
Fox & Hounds: Is Cap-and-Trade Really a Free Market Solution to Climate Change?
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel said that “the world’s elites will applaud what California did... but it will be...