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Senate Republican Leader Bates’ Opioid Education Bill Earns Bipartisan Support

By   /  April 17, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Today, Senate Bill 1109, authored by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) passed out of the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee with bipartisan support. SB 1109 would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opioids. In response to […]

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Senate Public Safety Committee Blocks Bill to Address Fentanyl Drug Trafficking

By   /  April 12, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee today refused to pass Senate Bill 1103 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California in recent years. “Today’s decision is a disappointing setback for law enforcement efforts to tackle the […]

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Manufacturing in Southern California

By   /  April 12, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Joel Anderson, 38th District…Like many other events we are invited to throughout the year, my office was invited to have a resource table at the upcoming San Marcos Manufacturing Summit with The Coalition for a Prosperous America, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization representing the interests of 2.7 million households through agricultural, manufacturing, and labor members. […]

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New Bill Would Create CA Commission to Set Health-Care Prices

By   /  April 12, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Labor unions and consumer advocates are throwing their support behind a bold new bill in California to control health-care costs by creating a commission to set limits on what providers can charge. Supporters held a Monday rally in Sacramento to push Assembly Bill 3087, citing skyrocketing health-care costs. The bill, written by Assembly Member […]

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Senator Bates “Education Remains Key To Reducing Opioid Tragedies”

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – In a joint op-ed published recently in The Coast News Group, Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan highlight Senate Bill 1109 (Bates) which would educate the public, especially those who are involved with youth, by explaining to them about the risk of addiction and overdose from prescription opiates. A […]

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California Developmentally Disabled Advocacy

By   /  April 9, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron– The Assembly Select Committee on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities works to ensure the rights and dignity of all Californians with developmental disabilities (I/DD) through advocacy and research, and by acting as an information resource for the Legislature as it develops policies impacting California’s I/DD population.  I am pleased to announce that I have […]

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State and Federal Resources Available for Tax Day

By   /  April 5, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Tax Day is Tuesday, April 17, and I wanted to share information about resources that are available to you. Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) workshops provide free tax assistance. IRS-trained volunteers are available throughout the state. Find out if you are eligible and locations near you at https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-you-by-volunteers. The federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and […]

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Assemblymember Waldron: Safeguarding Our Schools

By   /  March 29, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron — School safety has to be our first priority. That’s why I introduced Assembly Bill 1983 requiring local school districts to collaborate with local law enforcement to create mandatory threat assessment protocols and facility reassessments so that all schools will have documented protections, advanced technologies and strategies in place should a threat arise. Unfortunately, […]

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Senator Joel Anderson News

By   /  March 29, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Fletcher Hills Little League’s Opening Day    On March 3, I attended Fletcher Hills Little League’s opening day ceremony. I was sorry the game was rained out, but it was still great to meet with coaches, players, and other volunteers… Click to read more     Woman of the Year    March is Women’s History Month […]

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Breaking Barriers to Escape Poverty

By   /  March 26, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron — This week I joined Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Imperial County) to advocate for $25 million to fund our “Breaking Barriers” for career tech education initiative.  Last year, as a principal co-author for Assembly Bill 1111, we worked to help vulnerable populations obtain important middle skills jobs to meet the growing economy. Under AB 1111, […]

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Senator Bates & Asm. Bill Brough Respond to State Auditor’s Report :South OC Wastewater Authority

By   /  March 22, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) issued the following statement after the nonpartisan State Auditor’s office released its audit today of the South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA). “This state audit validates how SOCWA has been mismanaged over several years. Missing financial statements, failure to report assets, and unfulfilled public records requests […]

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Senator Adkins Sworn In As President pro Tempore of the California Senate

By   /  March 22, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

“In a ceremony in the state Capitol Wednesday, San Diego’s state Sen. Toni Atkins was sworn in as the 48th President pro Tempore of the California Senate. Atkins is the first woman and the first open member of the LGBTQ community to lead the California Senate. “It’s the first time. And it’s about time,” she said. Women and LGBTQ […]

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“Ghost” Fishing Gear Killing Whales, Seals

By   /  March 22, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sea lions and other animals can be injured or killed by lost or discarded fishing gear. (Tom Campbell/Marine Photobank) MONTEREY, CA. — About 136,000 dolphins, sea lions, seals and whales are caught in lost or discarded fishing nets each year – and the problem of so-called ghost gear is getting worse, according to a new report. Researchers […]

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California’s Craft Economy

By   /  March 19, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Assemblymember Marie Waldron — When we think about major San Diego economic drivers, we look to the military, tourism, biotech, and in North County, probably agriculture, including wineries. But we usually don’t think about beer. Even so, craft breweries have become a major economic engine throughout California, with the largest concentration located right here in San […]

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Home of Guiding Hands Advocates for Equitable Pay for Caregivers

By   /  March 15, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan made a public proclamation that the month of March should be recognized as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month to “increase public awareness of the needs and potential of Americans with developmental disabilities. Over the ensuing 31 years much has changed. The theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2018 is, “See Me […]

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Senator Patricia Bates Honors Donna Kalez as 36th Senate District Woman of the Year

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching(Dana Wharf), as the 36th Senate District’s Woman of the Year during today’s Senate session in Sacramento. “Donna Kalez’s work to promote environmentally responsible sportfishing and whale watching exemplifies an entrepreneurial spirit that is worthy of statewide […]

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Assemblymember Waldron : Bi-Partisanship in Sacramento

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron… Representing everyone in my district and creating solutions that work for all requires working together with my colleagues of both parties in the Legislature.  This session I joined several legislators across the aisle to jointly author bills that will benefit millions of Californians. The sexual harassment issue has deservedly received a great deal […]

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Groups Press to Capture More Storm Water to Fight Pollution, Drought

By   /  March 12, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

LOS ANGELES, – Community health groups and policymakers are meeting in Los Angeles today to drum up support for a program to fight pollution and drought by capturing more rainwater and urban runoff. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is looking at adding a tax to sales of small parcels of land, to raise hundreds of […]

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Senator Bates & Assemblyman Brough Host South Orange County Senior Day

By   /  March 7, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  Senator Patricia Bates & Assemblyman Bill Brough , Representatives from local government and non-profit organizations South Orange County seniors South OC Senior Day 2018, a free resource event for senior citizens featuring speakers, workshops and information booths for senior citizens, caregivers, and family members. Friday, March 9, 2018, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM at Norman P. Murray Senior Center, 24932 Veterans […]

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Mobile Eye Clinic Provides Free Eye Exams and Glasses to Dozens of Community Members in Need

By   /  March 5, 2018  /  State and National  /  No Comments

EL CAJON — State Senator Joel Anderson worked with Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) and VSP Global’s Eyes of Hope mobile eye clinic last Thursday to provide a free vision screening and eyeglasses donated by VSP Global to low-income patients and people without insurance. The event was held at VIM’s San Diego County office in El Cajon. […]

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