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Senate Supports Bill to Address Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
May 31, 2016
The California State Senate today approved 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.
Senate Approves Bill to Expand Tax Exemption for Veterans With "100 Percent" Disabilities
May 31, 2016
The California State Senate today 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.
Measure that Would Have Closed Loophole Highlighted by Leland Yee Case Fails in Committee
May 27, 2016
Majority party members on the Senate Appropriations Committee today refused to move forward Senate Bill 1467 by Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) that would have closed a major loophole in campaign finance law.
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill to Combat Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
May 27, 2016
The Senate Appropriations Committee today unanimously approved 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.
Vista's "Prohibition Brewing Company" Honored as Small Business of the Year
May 25, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored Vista’s “Prohibition Brewing Company” as the 2016 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate District.
Pat's Perspective: May 2016
May 19, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | North County San Diego Small Business Seminar on May 20 | Legislative Update | Water Project Update | Affordable Housing for Veterans | Internships Available | In the News | Community Spotlight: Laguna Hills | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Governor's Revised Budget Plan
May 13, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s revised 2016-17 budget proposal:
Sober Discussion Marks OC Town Hall on Sober Living Homes
May 12, 2016
More than 500 residents from South Orange County and beyond attended a regional town hall meeting tonight at the Laguna Hills Community Center to learn about ongoing efforts to address the proliferation of “sober living homes” in their communities.
Senate Approves Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Protect First Responders from Drones
May 5, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates, Assemblyman Mike Gatto and others that would protect first responders if they damage a drone during the delivery of emergency services.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The truth behind California's hidden gas tax
May 2, 2016
When Californians pay gas taxes at the pump, we expect that money to go toward California’s roads and bridges. Unfortunately, this is not entirely the case.
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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.