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Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Release of Audit on Caltrans Maintenance Program
March 17, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, today responded to the release of the nonpartisan State Auditor’s findings from an audit of Caltrans maintenance operations. The audit concerned the methods used by Caltrans to make spending...
Statement by Senator Patricia Bates on Nancy Reagan's Passing
March 6, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding the death of former first lady Nancy Reagan: "I am saddened to learn of Nancy's passing, but take comfort in that she will be reunited with her husband and best friend, President Reagan. She was a wonderful...
Senator Patricia Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough Respond to Announcement of San Clemente Hospital Closure
March 2, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following joint statement today in response to the news that Saddleback Memorial Medical Center’s San Clemente campus (San Clemente Hospital) will close on May 31: “We share the disappointment felt by...
California's Aerospace Days
February 26, 2016
The California Legislature is recognizing February 29 and March 1, 2016 as “California Aerospace Days.” To download a schedule of events, click here . A cornerstone of California innovation has always been our aerospace industry, and it’s important that we allow it to continue to grow and thrive...
Senators Patricia Bates and Bob Huff Introduce Measure to Combat Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
February 25, 2016
Citing the increase in the illicit use of a drug called fentanyl and the threat it poses to the public, Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) have introduced Senate Bill 1323 to enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors. “The illicit use of fentanyl and its...
Sen. Patricia Bates Introduces Bill to Close Loophole Highlighted by Leland Yee Case
February 24, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) has introduced Senate Bill 1467, which would close a major loophole that allows elected officials and candidates to avoid contribution limits. Bates authored her bill in response to the case of former State Senator Leland Yee, who mentioned the loophole...
Senator Bates on Time Warner Cable's "Sacramento Report"
February 4, 2016
Senator Bates discusses transportation funding with host Steve Swatt.
Senator Patricia Bates' Work to Promote Small Business Recognized by National Federation of Independent Business
February 2, 2016
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB California) has recognized Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) with a perfect 100-percent score based on votes crucial to California’s small businesses during the 2015 legislative session. “As a small business owner myself, I know firsthand...
Senator Patricia Bates Responds to Governor Brown's State of the State Address
January 21, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2016 State of the State address:
Senate Committee Rejects Senator Patricia Bates' Bill to Help Homeless Adults and Children
January 14, 2016
The Senate Human Services Committee today voted down a bill by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to help move families out of poverty through a holistic approach that addresses the root problems of their individual circumstances. She issued the following statement after the vote (1 “aye” and...
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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...