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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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Senators Bates and Atkins Join Forces to Author Legislation to Help Wounded Service Members

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

SACRAMENTO – Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) have announced that they have authored Senate Bill 197 to 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. The Senate Governance and Finance […]

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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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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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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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Senator Bates’ Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State address to the California Legislature:“The governor is absolutely right when he said that ‘When California does well, America does well.’ That is why it is critical for California’s leaders to pursue cooperation instead […]

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