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State Senate Committee Presses Pause on 5G Wireless Bill

By   /  May 19, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Opponents of a bill intended to smooth the way for the rollout of next-generation cell technology are cautiously optimistic – after a key committee put the measure on hold on Monday. The state Senate finance committee put Senate Bill 649 in the suspense file – in the face of vocal opposition from […]

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Senate Republican Leaders Respond to Governor’s May Revise

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama), vice chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, issued the following statement today in response to Governor Brown’s revised 2017-18 budget proposal(link is external): Senate Republican Leader Bates: “After giving Californians a lemon of a gas and car tax […]

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The Clock Is Ticking

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

This year over 2,800 bills, an excessive number in my view, were introduced in Sacramento. Many have a fiscal impact, which means they must be referred to the Appropriations Committee, the last stop for fiscal bills before they are presented to the full Assembly or Senate for a final floor vote. With so many bills […]

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Assemblywoman Marie Waldron

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

    Everyone will agree it is not affordable to live and work in California anymore! Families and businesses are struggling to make ends meet to pay increasing mortgages, increasing food costs, increasing tuition, taxes and fees. Just passing the highest gas tax in state history, Sacramento politicians are tone deaf to the concerns of […]

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Are Your Kids’ Toys Spying On Your Family?

By   /  May 11, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO, CA. — A bill to make sure your kids’ toys aren’t spying on them will have its first hearing before the state Senate Judiciary Committee was held this week. The so-called Teddy Bears and Toasters Act would require manufacturers of smart toys and devices to install privacy protections and notify consumers about what it […]

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Senate Committee Approves Sen. Bates’ Bill to Help Homeless Adults and Children

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Human Services Committee today approved Senate Bill 232 by Senate Republican Leader 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.“I am encouraged by the committee’s approval of my bill to help anti-poverty organizations that want […]

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Transparency In Government Is Not Optional

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Recently, the California State Auditor revealed that the Office of the President of the University of California did not disclose to the UC Board of Regents, to the Legislature or the public that it was holding $175 million in reserve funds for fiscal year 2015-16. The report reveals that the Office of the President asked […]

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Senate Approves Sen. Bates and Atkins’ Bill

By   /  May 4, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

… Build Specialized Veteran Medical Facilities SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 197 today by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which would lower the cost of constructing medical facilities in California that serve veterans and active duty troops afflicted with posttraumatic stress disorder […]

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Senate Republican Leader Bates Responds to Signing of Senate Bill 1

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senate Republican Leader Bates Responds to Signing of Senate Bill 1 SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement on the signing of Senate Bill 1 which is a $5.2 billion annual tax increase that will grow over time and has no sunset date. “Californians got a lemon of a […]

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Awareness of Genetic Testing Saves Lives

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Getting a diagnosis of cancer can be scary and uncertain.   As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am seeking ways to improve access to new and innovative treatments, cures and therapies to prevent diseases and save lives. This session I introduced Assembly Bill 1386, establishing a women’s health pilot program to raise awareness […]

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Area High Schools Named Gold Ribbon Schools

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 275 middle schools and high schools are being honored under the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. “These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and […]

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Senate Democrats Block Sen. Bates’ Bill to Combat Opioid Trafficking

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Public Safety Committee blocked Senate Bill 176 today by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), which would have enhanced criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl and carfentanil. Both drugs have been linked to numerous deaths across the nation in recent years. The bill only received two “aye” votes – both […]

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A Pothole in the Wallet

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Special interests and bought-off legislators recently passed the largest gasoline tax increase in California history, probably in American history! And not one new highway mile will be built to help reduce congestion…..not one! Last session, I introduced AB X1-14 during the transportation special session called by the Governor. My bill required a formal commitment in the […]

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Proposal to Divert Tax Monies Away from Roads Delayed After Public Criticism

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

These proposals are not fixing our crumbling roads, highways and bridges. They will not get us to work or home any faster nor will they lower the cost of car repair as claimed. Proposal Pulled From Committee Agenda for Further Discussion in the Future SACRAMENTO – Following public outcry over the diversion of the state’s […]

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Senate Democrats Block Sen. Bates’ Bill to Reclassify Heinous Crimes as “Violent”

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Democrats on the Senate Public Safety Committee today voted down Senate Bill 75 by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a partisan 5 to 2 vote that would have expanded the definition of “violent felonies.” It would have covered additional offenses deemed to be serious and violent in nature by many […]

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Mental Health and Drug Abuse – A Dual Issue

By   /  April 16, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee and the bi-partisan Mental Health Caucus, the critical problem of co-occurring disorders: mental health and drug addiction leads to increasing crime and homelessness and ultimately impacts safety throughout California.  This session I have introduced two bills which will address treatment issues for inmates in county jails with […]

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Senator Patricia Bates Assumes Leadership Role for Senate Republican Caucus

By   /  April 13, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO –  Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) officially began her first day as Senate Republican Leader. Senator Bates succeeds Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) as the second woman in the history of the California State Senate to serve in the top leadership post of a party caucus – Democrat or Republican. Senator Bates remarked: “I thank […]

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Opposing Gas Tax Hikes on Hardworking Californians

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

“I stand with our low-income residents, our Veterans, our women balancing multiple jobs in single parent households, our underserved,  the middle income worker, the disabled, our hardworking Californians and small business owners in opposition to increasing gas taxes and vehicle fees, already among the highest in the nation.” said Assemblymember Marie Waldron.  “California’s worn out, insufficient roads and […]

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Hosed at the Pump

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 That’s the message from Governor Brown and his Sacramento allies as they passed Senate Bill 1, imposing massive tax increases on California’s motorists. Our worn out roads are a direct result of failed leadership and broken promises, not a lack of money.  Californians already pay among the highest fuel and vehicle fees in the nation. […]

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Senator Bates Responds to Senate Passage of Largest Gas Tax Hike in California’s History

By   /  April 7, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 1, which would raise $52 billion in taxes over the next 10 years to repair California’s roads and highways. “Californians with low to moderate incomes are the big losers of this deal as it raises the […]

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