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Senate Republicans Announce Leadership Transition
March 15, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller ( R-Bakersfield ) has decided to step down as Senate Republican Leader. Senate Republicans elected Senator Patricia “Pat” Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) to serve as the next Senate Republican Leader. Senator Fuller is termed-out next year and wanted to...
Sen. Bates Issues Statement on Senate Appropriations Committee Approving "Sanctuary State" Bill
March 13, 2017
The Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement today after the committee approved Senate Bill 54 (de León) on a partisan 5 to 2 vote. SB 54 would restrict local law enforcement’s ability to interact with federal...
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...
Pat's Perspective: March 2017
March 8, 2017
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Legislative Update | “Sanctuary State” Bill | Free Tax Preparation | Keep Your Home California | State Capitol Art Contest | Scholarship Opportunities | Congrats to Carlsbad High! | Community Spotlight: Camp Pendleton | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Statement on Senate Majority Party's Silencing of Senator Janet Nguyen
February 23, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate majority party removed Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) from the Senate Chamber this morning after peacefully expressing her views during regular session:
Senator Bates Seeks Entries for State Capitol Art Contest
February 21, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is seeking local entries for the California State Senate art collection, which features local artwork from every region of California. Artists from the 36th Senate District can submit as many works as they like, and Senator Bates will select the entry that...
Senator Bates Authors Measure to Reclassify Heinous Crimes as Legally "Violent"
February 16, 2017
Her bill would expand the definition of “violent felonies” to include additional offenses deemed to be serious and violent in nature by most Californians, including rape of an unconscious person and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer or firefighter.
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on State Decision to Extend Drought Regulations
February 9, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding the California State Water Resources Control Board's decision yesterday to extend the state's emergency drought regulations: “With California’s rivers and reservoirs rising significantly in recent months, it is a...
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...
Senators Bates and Nguyen to Introduce "Repatriate, Rebuild and Repave" Bill
January 30, 2017
Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) announced today that they will introduce legislation that could help fund California’s transportation infrastructure with foreign earnings from U.S.-based multinational corporations.
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Los Angeles Times: At least one of several state bills to expand the list of 'violent felonies' in California is likely to die
Senate Bill 75, introduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would have reclassified more than 20 offenses as violent felonies,...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Prison reform: Time to redefine violent crimes, California
It’s time for a vigorous, public debate about which crimes should be designated violent by the state.
Voice of San Diego: San Diego’s Partisan Split on State Gas Tax Hike
“That is a bad deal for drivers in urban areas such as San Diego who have to travel long distances to get to work,” Bates said.