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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.
Senate Approves Bates' Resolution Urging Federal Action on San Onofre Nuclear Waste
April 28, 2016
The State Senate today unanimously approved a resolution by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that urges Congress and President Obama to approve legislation that would move nuclear waste from the closed San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station to a safer location.
Orange County Register: Letters: Legislature undermining local control
April 27, 2016
Re: “Don’t put AQMD under CARB’s thumb” [Opinion, April 21]: The Register’s Editorial Board is absolutely correct regarding an effort by some in the Legislature to take more power away from local governments. As a member of the Senate’s Environmental Quality Committee, I voted against Senate Bill...
Coast News Group: Minimum wage will worsen opportunity inequality
April 22, 2016
When Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a new law to increase the minimum wage 50 percent by 2022, it was hailed by some as an historic achievement that will reduce income inequality. But I fear that when the law is fully implemented, income inequality will remain virtually unchanged while making opportunity inequality even worse.
Senate Committee Defeats Bates' Bill to Empower Locals to Regulate Sober Living Homes
April 21, 2016
The Senate Health Committee this evening defeated Senate Bill 1283 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have allowed a city or county to craft health and safety standards for sober living homes.
Senate Committee Rejects Bates' Effort to Repeal Controversial School Savings Cap
April 20, 2016
On a partisan vote, the Senate Education Committee today voted down Senate Bill 1249 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would have restored the full ability of school districts to save money in reserve accounts.
Senate Committee Approves Bill to Close Loophole Highlighted by Leland Yee Case
April 19, 2016
The Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee today approved Senate Bill 1467 by Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) that would close a major loophole in campaign finance law.
Sacramento Bee: Legislature must close corrupting campaign money loophole
April 18, 2016
February’s sentencing of former state Sen. Leland Yee in a political corruption case closed a dark chapter in the history of the Legislature, and also presents an opportunity to close the legal loopholes that may allow such behavior again.
Senator Bates Encourages High School Students to Participate in Statewide Photo Contest
April 15, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is encouraging high school students to participate in a statewide photography contest that seeks images representing the Golden State. The “California Through My Eyes” contest is sponsored by LegiSchool, a civic education collaboration between the California...
Bipartisan Bill to Combat "Ransomware" Passes First Test
April 12, 2016
The Senate Public Safety Committee today approved bipartisan legislation 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. It would be a crime...
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Orange County Register: Veterans resource fair with appearance by Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team coming to Saddleback College
The third annual Veterans Resource Fair, hosted by Assemblyman Bill Brough and Senator Patricia Bates in partnership with the city of Mission...
Los Angeles Daily News: LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, other sheriffs oppose 'sanctuary state' bill
In a March 3 letter to state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens urged Bates, a member of the Senate...
Orange County Register: Laguna Niguel's Pat Bates named state Senate GOP leader
State Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel was elected by her colleagues Tuesday, March 14, to be the next Republican leader in the Senate, and will...