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Statement on Senator Sharon Runner's Passing
July 14, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the passing of Senator Sharon Runner (R-Lancaster).
Statement on Plan to Extend Cap-and-Trade Taxes Without Legislative Approval
July 13, 2016
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a plan yesterday to extend California’s controversial cap-and-trade tax program beyond its December 31, 2020 expiration date. This plan bypasses the Legislature in order to avoid the legally required two-thirds vote needed to continue cap-and-trade.
Statement on Passing of Marian Bergeson
July 6, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the news today of Marian Bergeson’s passing.
North County Lifeline Honored as Nonprofit of the Year
June 22, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today honored North County Lifeline – which has offices in Oceanside and Vista – as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol.
Assembly Committee Approves Bill to Address Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
June 21, 2016
The Assembly Public Safety Committee today on a bipartisan 5 to 1 vote 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.
Pat's Perspective: June 2016
June 16, 2016
In this Issue: A Message from Pat | Budget Update | Legislative Update | Sober Living Homes | PTSD Month Aims to Broaden Awareness | Small Business of the Year | National Scholars | Community Spotlight: Vista | Upcoming Events | 36th District Highlights | Connect on Social Media
Statement on Passage of 2016-17 State Budget
June 15, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the 2016-17 state budget negotiated between Governor Brown and legislative Democrats:
Statement on Report Listing Fentanyl Overdose as Prince's Cause of Death
June 2, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement in response to the news today that music legend Prince died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl.
Senate Approves Bipartisan Bill to Combat "Ransomware"
May 31, 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.
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.
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Fox Business: California Gov. Brown Sees Uncertainty as He Proposes Budget
Meanwhile state Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates called the proposal a "lemon of a budget" saying that the state could not afford its...
Associated Press: California gas prices to rise under bill signed by governor
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates said Brown and Democratic lawmakers should have embraced a plan to fund road repairs that did not increase...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Oceanside teen named Boys & Girls Club's California Youth of the Year
While in Sacramento, Hernandez and Orange County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Sarah Arce met with state Sen. Patricia Bates, whose...