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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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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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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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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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Reserve Tickets – Meet The Leaders Dinner

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Local  /  No Comments

    Meet the Leaders Dinner..last week to reserve tickets. Friday March 24, 2017 – 6:00pm – Shadowridge Golf Club Darrell Issa United States Congressman 49th District Patricia Bates California State Senator 36th District             Diane Harkey California State Board of Equalization 4th District  Ticket or Table Vista Chamber of Commerce | […]

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Senator Bates & Nguyen Introduce “Repatriate, Rebuild and Repave” Bill

By   /  January 30, 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’ Statement on Governor’s 2017-18 Budget

By   /  January 12, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today responded to the release of Governor Jerry Brown’s 2017-18 budget proposal: “Given national economic conditions and pending policy changes in Washington, D.C., it’s prudent that the budget has embraced a relatively cautious approach. The state must be extra vigilant in its spending and California would be better […]

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Senator Patricia Bates Encourages College Seniors and Grads to Apply for Senate Fellowships

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

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced the availability of applications for the 2017-18 California Senate Fellows program. Former fellows include current members of Congress and the California Legislature, judges and local elected officials. “Serving as a Senate fellow is a fabulous opportunity to gain first-hand experience in politics in the capital of […]

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Senator Patricia Bates’ Statement on Legislature Hiring Eric Holder as Outside Counsel

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

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding the news that legislative Democrats have hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in potential legal disputes with the incoming Trump administration: “California already has an Attorney General’s office charged with defending the state and its laws. That office […]

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Senator Patricia Bates Compiles Perfect CalChamber Vote Record

By   /  October 27, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced that she compiled a perfect score from the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) in its 2016 Vote Record. CalChamber is a non-profit organization representing more than 14,000 companies of all sizes.“As a small business owner, I know firsthand the challenges of operating a business and that’s […]

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Senator Bates Statement On -Veterans Being Forced to Repay Enlistment Bonuses

By   /  October 24, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) released the following statement today regarding a Los Angeles Times article that reported that thousands of California soldiers are being forced to repay enlistment bonuses years after going to war. “It is outrageous that thousands of men and women who have honorably served are being forced to repay […]

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Senator Patricia Bates Earns 100% Score from the California Taxpayers Association

By   /  October 17, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

2015-16 Score Shows Commitment to Protect Taxpayers SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) today announced that she received a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan California Taxpayers Association (CalTax), the state’s largest and oldest organization representing taxpayers, in its 2015-16 Voting Record.“It’s humbling to be recognized by a nonpartisan organization like CalTax that is […]

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Senator Patricia Bates Earns 100% Score

By   /  October 9, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

From National Federation of Independent Business Score Shows Commitment to Championing California’s Small Businesses SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has earned a 100 percent score from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) on its 2016 legislative score card. The NFIB is one of the nation’s leading advocates for […]

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Governor Signs Bill to Expand Tax Exemption for Veterans with “100 Percent” Disabilities

By   /  October 6, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1458 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that will expand eligibility for the state’s property tax exemption to military veterans who previously did not qualify. The State Senate and Assembly unanimously approved the bill last month. “Today’s signing is the capstone of a determined effort by […]

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Statement on Governor’s Approval of Bill Allowing Imprisoned Felons to Vote

By   /  October 3, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today after Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2466, which will allow convicted felons serving their sentences in county jail to vote while behind bars.“It is very disappointing that felons still serving their sentences behind bars will now be able to vote since Governor […]

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Governor Signs Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Combat “Ransomware”

By   /  October 2, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 1137 authored by Democratic Senator Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that will make “ransomware” the criminal equivalent of extortion. It will be a crime punishable by up to four years in jail. “Today’s signing of the […]

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Hispanic Heritage Month

By   /  September 29, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Each year, Americans celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 through October 15 in recognition of the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans. It is a time to celebrate the histories and cultures of Americans whose families came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It is also a time to acknowledge […]

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Veterans Resource Fair

By   /  September 26, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Senator Paticia Bates You are invited to the second annual Veterans Resource Fair in Laguna Hills (25555 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, CA 92653) on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Assemblyman Bill Brough and I are hosting the event in conjunction with U.S. Representatives Darrell Issa and Mimi Walters. The fair […]

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