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California Senate Republicans elect Patricia Bates as leader

March 14, 2017
Republicans in the California Senate elected Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel as their new leader on Tuesday.

San Jose Mercury News: California's 'sanctuary state' bill clears hurdle, moves to Senate

March 13, 2017
Patricia Bates, a Republican from Southern California who serves as vice chairwoman of the Senate appropriations committee, said she worried the state’s policies would leave otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants vulnerable to criminals who should be deported.

Orange County Register: South Orange County Senior Day brings out hundreds to community center

March 13, 2017
The event, hosted by State Senator Patricia Bates and State Assemblyman Bill Brough, was a health resource fair for the county’s senior community and was stocked with nurses and doctors, who performed routine check-ups that included checking height, weight, blood pressure and more.

Los Angeles Times: Vietnamese American leaders demand an apology for Sen. Janet Nguyen's removal from the state Senate floor

March 4, 2017
State Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) called the claim that Nguyen was removed because she had violated Senate rules "fake news."

San Diego Union-Tribune: Top Pendleton Marines recognized

March 2, 2017
Several dozen Camp Pendleton Marines and sailors representing various units were honored for outstanding service at the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce’s annual Enlisted Recognition Reception on Feb. 23 at the Veterans Association of North County.

Orange County Register: South Orange County Community College District celebrates its golden anniversary

March 2, 2017
The South Orange County Community College District celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Board of Trustees meeting, Feb. 27, at Saddleback College.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report

February 24, 2017
Sen. Pat Bates and Sen. Joel Anderson both expressed outrage after their colleague, Sen. Janet Nguyen, was removed from the Senate chamber after criticizing a former Democratic lawmaker over his stance on the Vietnam War.

Sacramento Bee: California senator removed from floor after criticizing late lawmaker Tom Hayden

February 23, 2017
“This sad episode is a textbook case of men trying to silence a woman whose views they did not like,” Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said in a statement.

The Daily Californian: State legislators may modify Prop. 57, expand definition of violent crimes

February 22, 2017
State Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, authored SB 75 to modify Proposition 57, which passed in November and increased the likelihood of parole for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes.

Patch: Bill Would Limit Early Parole For Crimes Like Rape, Arson, Abuse and Murder For Hire

February 18, 2017
State Sen. Patricia Bates Thursday revealed a list of crimes that would be covered under a bill that seeks to modify Prop. 57, which increased opportunities for parole of nonviolent felons and to allow judges, not prosecutors, to decide if some juveniles can be charged as adults.