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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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Senators Bates and Nielsen Question $52 Billion of Proposed New Taxes

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Following the Governor’s defense of the state’s largest-ever transportation tax proposal – $52 billion – before the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senators Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) issued the following statement: “Under the Democrats’ 2017 edition of the Car Tax, ordinary Californians will have to pay as much as $175 more […]

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Senator Patricia Bates to Present Measure

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

 To  Reclassify Heinous Crimes as Legally “Violent” …  Senator Bates will present Senate Bill 75 to the Senate Public Safety Committee. SB 75 would expand the definition of “violent felonies” to include additional offenses deemed to be serious and violent in nature by many Californians, including rape of an unconscious person. Tuesday, April 4. The […]

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SAN DIEGO SENATOR BEN HUESO HONORED FOR HEALTH LEADERSHIP

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

 Sacramento, CA – San Diego and Imperial County-area legislator Senator Ben Hueso has been selected to receive a “Legislator of the Year” award from the Association of Healthcare Districts (ACHD).   He will be formally honored on Monday, April 3 during the Association’s Legislative Day Dinner.  “I am proud to be recognized by California’s Healthcare Districts […]

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Sen. Patricia Bates Responds to Senate’s Approval of “Sanctuary State” Bill

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

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after the California State Senate approved Senate Bill 54 (de León). SB 54 would restrict local law enforcement’s ability to interact with federal authorities responsible for immigration enforcement.  “I am in agreement that state and local law enforcement should not be doing the jobs […]

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Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease

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

As with so many issues involving medical research and healthcare, San Diego County is ground zero in the battle against Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s why I was so pleased to help moderate “A Community Discussion on Alzheimer’s,’ sponsored by Biocom and Biogen that recently took place in San Diego.  The event covered all aspects of the […]

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Senators Bates and Atkins’ Bill to Build Specialized Veteran Medical Facilities Clears First Hurdle

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Governance and Finance Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 197 today by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), which would encourage the construction of medical facilities in California that serve veterans and active duty troops afflicted with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and related conditions. […]

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron..”My Bills Are Moving”

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

March has been a busy month in Sacramento as the Legislature moves into high gear. Happily, four of my bills have received overwhelming bi-partisan support, all passing votes in their respective committees on March 21. My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act, passed the Assembly Health Committee in a unanimous […]

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