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May 31, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates ( R-Laguna Niguel ) today issued the following statement in response to a report produced by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, which was financed by those who want government-run health care through Senate Bill 562 . "Californians should take today's...
May 25, 2017
Senate Republicans Respond to Passage of Government-run Healthcare Proposal SACRAMENTO - Today, the government-run healthcare proposal, Senate Bill 562 , passed out of the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations on a party line vote of 5 to 2. This week, the Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles...
May 19, 2017
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Memorial Day | Legislative Update | Car Tax Calculator | Protecting Our Coast | Transportation Forum | U.S. Service Academy Night | Unclaimed Property | ScholarShare - Save for College | Securing Southern California’s Water Future | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
May 11, 2017
SACRAMENTO - Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown's revised 2017-18 budget proposal : Senate Republican Leader...
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.
May 1, 2017
The California State Senate 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 active duty troops afflicted...
April 28, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement on the signing of Senate Bill 1 which is a $5.2 billion annual tax increase that will grow over time and has no sunset date.
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?
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...
April 25, 2017
The Senate Human Services Committee today approved Senate Bill 232 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to help move families out of poverty through a holistic approach that addresses the root problems of their individual circumstances. “I am encouraged by the committee’s...