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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.
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...
Senator Patricia Bates' Veterans Bills Clear Senate Committees
April 12, 2016
Two Senate committees today approved three bills by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enhance support of California’s military veterans. Two of those bills would provide tax relief and one would remedy an oversight concerning veterans clubs in state law.
Cap-and-Trade Costing Drivers $2 Billion in Higher Gas Prices
April 7, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates released the following statement after Assemblyman Tom Lackey released a new estimate from the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) showing that Californians are paying $2 billion in higher gas prices annually due to the California Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Program.
Senate Committee Approves Bates and Huff Bill to Combat Fentanyl Drug Trafficking
April 5, 2016
The Senate’s Public Safety Committee today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1323 by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California in recent days...
Senator Bates' Interview with Charter Local Edition
April 5, 2016
Local Edition Host Brad Pomerance interviews Senator Bates about political ethics reform and synthetic drugs.
Senate Patricia Bates' Statement Regarding Today's High-Speed Rail Hearing
April 4, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, issued the following statement today after a joint Senate committee hearing on the updated high-speed rail business plan:
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San Diego Union-Tribune: Oceanside teen named Boys & Girls Club's California Youth of the Year
While in Sacramento, Hernandez and Orange County Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Sarah Arce met with state Sen. Patricia Bates, whose...
KABC Radio L.A.: Legislative Pushback Against Releasing Violent Criminals Under Prop 57
State Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) introduced Senate Bill 75 that would re-classify more than 20 offenses as violent felonies.
Los Angeles Times: At least one of several state bills to expand the list of 'violent felonies' in California is likely to die
Senate Bill 75, introduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would have reclassified more than 20 offenses as violent felonies,...