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September 19, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Legislative Update | Veterans Resource Fair | Coastal Cleanup Day | La Pata Gap Connector | California Job Information | Hispanic Heritage Month | California Humanities Grant | Community Spotlight: Rancho Santa Margarita | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
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.
August 29, 2016
The California State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and others that would protect first responders if they damage a drone during...
August 26, 2016
In response to the U-T’s editorial, “ The problem with California ballot measure committees ” (Aug. 24), the editorial board is right about the need to close loopholes that allow politicians to skirt individual contribution limits. I authored Senate Bill 1467 that would limit the use of ballot...
August 25, 2016
SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation written by Democratic Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that would expand California’s pilot program...
August 25, 2016
The California State Senate today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1137 authored by Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that would make “ransomware” the criminal equivalent of extortion.
August 25, 2016
The California State Senate today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1458 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would expand eligibility for the state’s property tax exemption to military veterans who previously did not qualify.
August 12, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Update on Sober Living Homes | Local Olympians | Zika Virus Update | Traffic Ticket Amnesty | National Parks Celebrate 100th Birthday | State Parks Update | Community Spotlight: Encinitas | BIASC Names Michael Balsamo as New CEO | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
August 11, 2016
The Assembly Appropriations Committee today refused to pass Senate Bill 1323 by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California this year.
July 26, 2016
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is considering placing a measure on this November’s ballot that would ostensibly “strengthen” term limits. The board should reject this self-serving reform proposal crafted “by, for, and on behalf of Supervisor Shawn Nelson” because it is deceptive.

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