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KPCC: California bill aims to improve mental health care at VA facilities

March 31, 2017
The legislation is part of a broader package of veteran-related bills. For example, SB 410, sponsored by Nguyen, seeks to improve access to state jobs for newly discharged vets. SB 197, sponsored by Sens. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), encourages construction of...

Los Angeles Times: California GOP lawmakers introduce bills to boost healthcare and jobs for veterans

March 28, 2017
SB 197 from Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel, which would waive state and local sales taxes for nonprofits that donate facilities to the U.S. Department of Defense — a measure aimed at helping construction of a mental health care facility at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.

Orange County Register: State champion San Clemente football team honored in Sacramento

March 28, 2017
State Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel spoke about the team’s first CIF State championship in 52 years on the senate floor. Coach Jaime Ortiz and players Brandon Reaves and Turner Tonkovich joined her.

Oceanside Patch: Bills Introduced To Improve Healthcare And Jobs For Veterans

March 28, 2017
One of the bills introduced, Senate Bill 197, could assist with financing the construction of a mental health care facility at Camp Pendleton.

Orange County Register: Veterans resource fair with appearance by Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team coming to Saddleback College

March 21, 2017
The third annual Veterans Resource Fair, hosted by Assemblyman Bill Brough and Senator Patricia Bates in partnership with the city of Mission Viejo, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at Saddleback College.

Los Angeles Daily News: LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, other sheriffs oppose 'sanctuary state' bill

March 18, 2017
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 Appropriations Committee and one possible vote against the bill, to oppose the bill.

Orange County Register: Laguna Niguel's Pat Bates named state Senate GOP leader

March 15, 2017
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 take the reins from Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, next month.

Associated Press: Statewide California 'sanctuary' bill tweaked but still faces pushback

March 14, 2017
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, noted that the amendment only will allow police to notify federal officials if an immigrant is convicted of about two-dozen violent crimes, while leaving out numerous serious offenses.

Los Angeles Times: Caucus elects Patricia Bates as Senate Republican leader

March 14, 2017
State Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel was elected Tuesday as Senate Republican leader by the house’s GOP caucus, and will take over April 12 from Sen. Jean Fuller of Bakersfield, a representative said.

Sacramento Bee: California Senate Republicans elect a new leader

March 14, 2017
“It is no secret that Republicans face a challenging political environment in California,” Bates said in a statement. “But Republicans embrace taxpayers who want a more efficient government, parents who want better schools and safer streets, and citizens who want their constitutional freedoms...

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