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Sen. Bates Issues Statement on Senate Appropriations Committee Approving "Sanctuary State" Bill
March 13, 2017
The Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), issued the following statement today after the committee approved Senate Bill 54 (de León) on a partisan 5 to 2 vote. SB 54 would restrict local law enforcement’s ability to interact with federal...
Statement on Senate Majority Party's Silencing of Senator Janet Nguyen
February 23, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the Senate majority party removed Senator Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) from the Senate Chamber this morning after peacefully expressing her views during regular session:
Senator Bates Seeks Entries for State Capitol Art Contest
February 21, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) is seeking local entries for the California State Senate art collection, which features local artwork from every region of California. Artists from the 36th Senate District can submit as many works as they like, and Senator Bates will select the entry that...
Senator Bates Authors Measure to Reclassify Heinous Crimes as Legally "Violent"
February 16, 2017
Her bill would expand the definition of “violent felonies” to include additional offenses deemed to be serious and violent in nature by most Californians, including rape of an unconscious person and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer or firefighter.
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on State Decision to Extend Drought Regulations
February 9, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement regarding the California State Water Resources Control Board's decision yesterday to extend the state's emergency drought regulations: “With California’s rivers and reservoirs rising significantly in recent months, it is a...
Senators Bates and Nguyen to Introduce "Repatriate, Rebuild and Repave" Bill
January 30, 2017
Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) announced today that they will introduce legislation that could help fund California’s transportation infrastructure with foreign earnings from U.S.-based multinational corporations.
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Governor's State of the State Address
January 24, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State address to the California Legislature:
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Governor's 2017-18 Budget
January 10, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget proposal:
Senator Patricia Bates Encourages College Seniors and Grads to Apply for Senate Fellowships
January 9, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced the availability of applications for the 2017-18 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and local elected officials. “Serving as a Senate fellow is a...
Senator Patricia Bates' Statement on Legislature Hiring Eric Holder as Outside Counsel
January 4, 2017
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the news that legislative Democrats have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in potential legal disputes with the incoming Trump administration: “California already has an Attorney...
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Orange County Register: Stuck between threats of lawsuits and felonies, county auditors want their own lawyers
The bill, introduced by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, is one floor vote away from being approved and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.
Orange County Register: Dozens attend forum on single-payer health care
Panelists included state Sen. Patricia Bates, physician Dr. Jeffrey Barke, president of Orange County Association of Health Underwriters Juan...
Fox & Hounds: Is Cap-and-Trade Really a Free Market Solution to Climate Change?
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel said that “the world’s elites will applaud what California did... but it will be...