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Marie Waldron, State Assemblymember  

By   /  February 20, 2019  /  Local, State and National  /  No Comments

So the Governor and some legislators want to tax you every time you turn on the faucet for a glass of water.  Aren’t we already taxed enough? Access to clean, safe water is a fundamental human right, and should be a budget priority, not a taxable afterthought. Fortunately, there is a bipartisan alternative, ACA 3, to […]

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OC Lawmakers Partner with Law Enforcement for Legislation to Track Fatal Collisions Involving Drugs

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman William Brough (R-Dana Point) have introduced Senate Bill 283 and Assembly Bill 551 to require law enforcement to drug test in cases of fatalities occurring within 48 hours of a traffic collision. Current state law only requires medical examiners or county coroners to test deceased drivers and passengers for alcohol, but […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Water Tax…..Really?

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron — California lawmakers recognized water as a basic human right in 2012. Since then, voters have approved over $10 billion in bonds to fund statewide water projects, yet for some Californians, clean and safe drinking water is still unavailable. So why is this?  And why are we being asked to pay a tax […]

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Senator Jones Responds to Governor Newsom’s First State of the State Address

By   /  February 14, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA — “On the Border – The Governor rightly claimed that illegal border crossings are at a historic low. But instead of simply saying thank you to our federal government, he ratchets up the political rhetoric making a show of recalling our California National Guard and claiming that the federal administration is engaged in […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Human Trafficking in California

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron — Last month I introduced House Resolution 7 (HR 7), which is jointly authored with Assemblymember Eloise GómezReyes (D – San Bernardino). HR 7 declares January Human Trafficking Awareness Month in California, part of a nationwide effort to combat this growing menace. A form of modern slavery, human trafficking has grown 842% in the […]

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Senator Bates Earns 100% Score as a Champion for Small Businesses Four Years in a Row

By   /  February 4, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has earned a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2018 legislative score card. The NFIB advocates for America’s small and independent business owners, representing more than 300,000 members nationally and more than 20,000 in California. Since being elected to […]

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 Assemblymember Waldron – Developmental Disabilities Deserve Funding

By   /  February 4, 2019  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron —  California has been transitioning from residential to community-based care for people with developmental disabilities, with the state expecting to see substantial cost savings.  While Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal diverts that money to pay for other state programs, myself and other legislators want to provide a secure source of funding for some of […]

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Senator Jones Wants To Hear From You

By   /  February 4, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

If you you wish to RSVP online, click here.  

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Flood After Fire Preparedness Tips

By   /  February 1, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The National Weather Service is forecasting rain in both Northern and Southern California starting Wednesday, including over the burn areas of the Camp and Woolsey Fires. Moderate rain is expected on Wednesday, increasing into Thursday and Friday. Communities downslope of burn areas are at an increased risk of flash flooding, mudflows, and debris flows. With […]

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Wise Saving For California – Assemblymember Waldron

By   /  January 28, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — California appears to be flush with cash. Last November, the Legislative Analyst’s office reported a $14.8 billion surplus for the fiscal year beginning July 1 st . That was later updated to a projected $20.6 billion, while Governor Newsom’s finance department is predicting a surplus of $21.4 billion. Unfortunately, that surplus can quickly disappear. […]

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Drug Trafficking Legislation Aims at Protecting California from the Dangers of Fentanyl

By   /  January 24, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) introduced Senate Bill 161 which would help protect Californians from the dangers of fentanyl and pursue illegal distributors. In December 2018, federal health officials named fentanyl America’s deadliest drug and has officially surpassed heroin. In the first few weeks of 2019, various media outlets have already reported multiple overdoses […]

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California Senate Republicans  Unanimously Elect Senator Brian Jones  as Republican Caucus Chair

By   /  January 24, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Outgoing Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senate Republican Leader-Elect Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) announced today that the Senate Republican Caucus has unanimously elected Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) as the new Caucus Chair, effective March 1st.   “I congratulate Brian Jones and also commend Jim Nielsen for being a great partner and co-leader during my tenure as Senate […]

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MRC’S BYE BYE Mattress Launches Campaign To Combat Illegal Dumping

By   /  January 24, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

BY ENCOURAGING RECYCLING OF USED MATTRESSES AND BOXES SPRINGS PSA and website raise awareness of responsible, free disposal options and how to take action SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Mattress Recycling Council’s (MRC) Bye Bye Mattress Program (Program) announced today a campaign to proactively combat the illegal dumping of mattresses and box springs. MRC’s public service announcement […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Big Issues On The Table

By   /  January 21, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron…..We have a new Governor, a new budget plan and a new legislative session that just began. Needless to say, many very important issues will be discussed in Sacramento over the coming months. The budget’s education initiatives would freeze UC and CSU tuition, make the first two years at community colleges free, make […]

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Shannon Grove Named Leader-Elect, Patricia Bates Remains Leader During Transition

By   /  January 17, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Today, California State Senate Republicans unanimously elected Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) to succeed Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) as the next Senate Republican Leader. Leader Bates will continue to work with Leader-elect Grove as an engaged member of the Senate Republican Caucus for a smooth transition and will continue to stay on in a leadership […]

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Split Roll? –  Assemblymember Marie Waldron

By   /  January 14, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron — As most of you know, Proposition 13 limits annual property tax increases to a maximum of 2% each year and continues to save California homeowners money ever since it was overwhelmingly passed by voters in 1978. Unfortunately, proposals to weaken Prop. 13 protections are on the table this year. Under the ‘split […]

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Senators Patricia Bates and Jim Nielsen React to Governor’s 2019-20 Budget Proposal

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and the Vice Chair of the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee, Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) provided the following statements on Governor Newsom’s 2019-20 budget proposal: Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates: “In Governor Newsom’s first budget there is a lot to applaud, including expanded efforts to pay off debt, build […]

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Back To Session 2019 – Assemblymember Waldron

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember  Waldron — On January 7, 120 California legislators will assemble in the State Capitol to begin the 2019-2020 session.  Almost 3,000 bills will probably be introduced over the next few weeks. Some will be controversial, though I’m hoping that many important issues that face us, regardless of party, including disaster preparedness, water infrastructure, healthcare, transportation, […]

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Senate Concurrent Resolution Honors President George H.W. Bush

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) recently introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 3 which would mark June 12, 2019, and every June 12th annually as President George H.W. Bush Day. Our nation’s 41st Commander-in-Chief was born on June 12, 1924. SCR 3 is currently in the Senate Rules Committee. President Bush passed away on November 30, 2018, […]

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Senate Republican Leader Bates’ Statement on California’s New Governor

By   /  January 7, 2019  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)issued the following statement today as the California State Legislature bid farewell to Governor Jerry Brown and welcomed Gavin Newsom as the state’s new governor: “I congratulate Governor Newsom on his inauguration and wish him well as he governs our large and diverse state. “California Senate Republicans are committed […]

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