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July 13, 2017
SACRAMENTO – This morning, a letter from members of the Senate Republican Caucus was delivered to Governor Jerry Brown outlining their concerns on cap-and-trade. The letter conveys to the Governor that the “… Caucus is united in opposition to the current efforts to extend the state’s cap-and-trade...
June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The Joint Legislative Audit Committee today unanimously approved a request by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) to have the nonpartisan State Auditor’s office audit the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA)...
June 28, 2017
SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Orange County’s Ocean Institute as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36 th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol. “The Ocean Institute’s work is a...
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.
June 23, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon's decision to hold SB 562, the government-run health care proposal, 'in the Assembly Rules Committee until further notice': "Speaker Rendon says that SB 562 is '...
June 21, 2017
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Small Business of the Year | Transportation Update | Budget Update | Legislative Update | Early Release for Gun Criminals? | Better Schools Now! | Top Colleges | Alzheimer’s Awareness | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
June 20, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), who represents North San Diego County in the state Senate, today responded to the news that federal authorities have seized one of the nation’s largest loads of fentanyl in the greater San Diego area – enough to kill 14 million people:
June 19, 2017
SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 197 today by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which would lower the cost of constructing medical facilities in California that serve veterans and...
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.
June 15, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the passage of the 2017-18 state budget: