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Protecting California Wildlife

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

 My Assembly Bill, AB 1031, will help California’s native wildlife receive care and rehabilitation provided by non-profit organizations throughout the state.  My bill allows taxpayers filing their tax returns to voluntarily `check off’ a specified amount to support the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund.  On a daily basis, California’s animal rehabilitation organizations rescue injured, sick or […]

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Sen. Bates Issues Statement on Senate Appropriations Committee Approving “Sanctuary State” Bill

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

SACRAMENTO – 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 authorities responsible for immigration enforcement. “As a […]

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Easterseals Awards State Assemblymember Rocky Chavez

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

With 2017 Assembly Leadership Award  Sacramento and Oceanside, Calif. — (March 15, 2017) – Easterseals California will honor State Assemblymember Rocky Chavez (R-California, Oceanside) with a 2017 Assembly Leadership Award during their upcoming Annual Easterseals California Awards Dinner scheduled for March 28 in Sacramento. Easterseals California (a grouping of all Easterseals affiliates in the state) created its Assembly Leadership Award […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Announces 2017 Woman of the Year

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

 I am honored to name Martha “Marty” Tiedeman my Woman of the Year for 2017.   California’s Woman of the Year program was founded 30 years ago to celebrate contributions to society made by our state’s remarkable women.  With her long history of dedicated public service, Marty Tiedeman is well-deserving of this recognition.   Marty’s public service […]

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Healthy Babies, Toddlers Must be Higher California Priority

By   /  March 9, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  A new report recommends ways that California policymakers could improve outcomes for the state’s children and toddlers. (ulkare/istockphoto) SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Less than 10 percent of California toddlers and infants who are eligible for subsidized child care actually get it. That’s one statistic in a new report that spells out ways to improve the […]

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Protecting Seniors from Abuse

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

My Assembly Bill 728 will not allow convictions of elder/dependent adult abuse to be eligible for “expungement”.  An expungement proceeding is designed to have the records of a prior conviction destroyed, eliminated or sealed.  While current law allows expungement of criminal records under certain circumstances, elder abuse should not be included.  San Diego County alone […]

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Assemblymember Rocky Chávez Announces 2017 Woman of the Year

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Rocky Chávez (R-Oceanside) today announced his 2017 Woman of the Year for the 76th Assembly District, Vicki K. Miller of Oceanside. “I am honored to present Vicki Miller as the 2017 76th Assembly District Woman of the Year. Vicki is the Navy Hospital Camp Pendleton Community Services Programs manager. Starting here in […]

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Rebuilding Our Transportation Infrastructure

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

Last week I joined my Assembly Republican colleagues to announce introduction of the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act (TRRIP). Unlike other proposals you may have heard about, our plan will restore and enhance California’s transportation infrastructure, without raising taxes! Since the 1970s our population has almost doubled, but our highway system has not kept […]

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Statement on Senate Majority Party’s Silencing of Senator Janet Nguyen

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – 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: “I’m outraged by the Senate majority party’s action of silencing my colleague and friend, Senator Janet Nguyen. She was physically […]

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Senator Bates Seeks Entries for State Capitol Art Contest

By   /  February 23, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Bates Seeks Entries for State Capitol Art Contest and Winning Submissions to be Displayed at State Capitol  SACRAMENTO – 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 […]

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Better Jobs For California Assemblymembers Waldron & Salas

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

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymembers Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) and Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) announced legislation to provide more career opportunities to students and underprivileged Californians as part of the bipartisan “Better Jobs for a Better California” package.  Assembly Bill 316 will fund innovative technical career training and employment programs, support organizations to help disadvantaged Californians break through barriers […]

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron – Hooking Kids on Fishing

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

  My new Assembly Bill 478, will raise the age requirement for the purchase of fishing licenses by two years. By raising the age from 16 to 18 years, we will expose larger numbers of California’s youth to nature, expand their life experiences and perhaps, their futures. This is especially important for youth living in […]

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Senators Bates and Nguyen to Introduce “Repatriate, Rebuild and Repave” Bill

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Tax Proceeds from U.S. Corporate Foreign Earnings Would Go to Transportation SACRAMENTO – 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. Should congressional leaders and the president reach an agreement on the […]

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Senator Bates Authors Measure to Reclassify Heinous Crimes as Legally “Violent”

By   /  February 17, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SB 75 Addresses Potential Fallout of 2016’s Proposition 57 SACRAMENTO – Citing potential fallout from Proposition 57 that allows the state to release prisoners early for crimes not deemed “violent” under state law, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has authored Senate Bill 75. Her bill would expand the definition of “violent felonies” to include additional […]

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Supporting the Life Sciences

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

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am working to open up access for new innovative treatments, cures and therapies that directly impact the lives of thousands of Californians. Ensuring that California maintains its pivotal role as a center for life sciences research is a vital part of these efforts. Continuing the medical […]

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Senator Bates’ Statement on State Decision to Extend Drought Regulations

By   /  February 9, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – 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 mistake for the state’s water board to extend emergency drought regulations. Such a decision could […]

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Op-Ed by Senator Patricia Bates – “Choose Cooperation over Confrontation”

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

SACRAMENTO –The Orange County Register yesterday published an op-ed authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) calling on Democrats and Republicans on the state and federal levels to work together whenever possible. She wrote that the “issues are too important for both sides to engage in an unproductive war of words over the next two […]

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Combating the Heroin Epidemic

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act helps to combat the growth of heroin and Opioid abuse throughout California. Heroin, a cheaper equivalent to Opioids, has become widely available, and unfortunately, California is now ground zero in this escalating epidemic. Heroin use has increased across the United States in all […]

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28 Children Rescued, 500 People Arrested in Statewide Human Trafficking Raids

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Nearly 500 people were arrested in a new crackdown on human trafficking in San Diego and other California cities during raids that also led to the rescue of more than 50 victims. Law enforcement authorities reported Wednesday they had rescued 28 children, some of whom had been reported missing, and also 27 adults who had been coerced into prostitution. […]

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How Will California Clean its Air?

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

LOS ANGELES – Southern California has long been plagued with dirty air – so dirty that clean-air advocates claim the entire South Coast basin has never been in full compliance with the federal Clean Air Act. But today, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is to vote on developing a long-term plan for better […]

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