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Dana Point Times: Ocean Institute Honored as Top Nonprofit
July 10, 2017
The Institute was selected by Senator Patricia Bates as an “exceptional nonprofit” organization in the 36th State Senate District community.
Orange County Register: South Orange County water agency to be focus of state audit
June 29, 2017
The audit was announced on Wednesday, June 28, after the Joint Legislative Audit Committee unanimously approved an audit request from state Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel and state Assemblyman Bill Brough, the former mayor of Dana Point.
San Jose Mercury News: Single-payer health care put on hold in California as leader calls bill 'woefully incomplete'
June 24, 2017
Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a brief statement, saying only that California Republican senators agreed with Rendon that SB 562 is “woefully incomplete.”
Los Angeles Times: California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon shelves single-payer healthcare bill, calling it 'woefully incomplete'
June 24, 2017
“Speaker Rendon says that SB 562 is ‘woefully incomplete.’ California State Senate Republicans agree,” Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Nigel) said in a statement.
Associated Press: $125B state budget approved
June 16, 2017
“It’s corrosive to continue to break promises,” said Senate Minority Leader Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. “Californians were promised better schools, better health care, better roads. Yet this budget falls short on all three counts.”
San Diego Union-Tribune: Boys & Girls Club awards outstanding members
June 2, 2017
Hernandez was presented with a proclamation signed by Sen. Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Rocky Chávez for her outstanding character and perseverance.
Fox Business: California Gov. Brown Sees Uncertainty as He Proposes Budget
May 11, 2017
Meanwhile state Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates called the proposal a "lemon of a budget" saying that the state could not afford its increased spending. "Now is not the time for the legislature to create new spending we cannot afford," she said.
Associated Press: California gas prices to rise under bill signed by governor
April 29, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates said Brown and Democratic lawmakers should have embraced a plan to fund road repairs that did not increase taxes.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Oceanside teen named Boys & Girls Club's California Youth of the Year
April 26, 2017
While in Sacramento, Hernandez and Orange County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Sarah Arce met with state Sen. Patricia Bates, whose district stretches from Laguna Hills to Encinitas, to receive certificates in honor of their accomplishments
KABC Radio L.A.: Legislative Pushback Against Releasing Violent Criminals Under Prop 57
April 24, 2017
State Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) introduced Senate Bill 75 that would re-classify more than 20 offenses as violent felonies.
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Times of San Diego: California 'Sanctuary State' Bill Approved on Legislature's Last Day
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel said that even with last-minute changes sought by Brown, the law could permit dangerous...
Fox San Diego: California lawmakers weigh in on DACA decision
"It is imperative that Congress pass a lasting legislative solution that will ensure that 800,000 young people, who have done nothing wrong, can...
Los Angeles Times: California's Republican leaders call on Congress to find a solution to accommodate Dreamers
Bates said it is important that Congress pass a “lasting solution” that will allow the 800,000 people participating in Deferred Action for...