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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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Senator Patricia Bates to Protect First Responders from Drones

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

Bill Co-Authored by Senator Patricia Bates to Protect First Responders from Drones Heads to Governor Brown SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation authored by Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) and co-authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) and others that would protect first responders if […]

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Op-ed Sponsored by Senator Bates “Imprisoned felons could determine outcome of local elections”

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

In Case You Missed It Orange County Register Op-Ed by Senator Patricia Bates:  “Imprisoned felons could determine outcome of local elections” SACRAMENTO – Yesterday, the Orange County Register published an op-ed authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) highlighting why Californians should urge Governor Jerry Brown to veto Assembly Bill 2466. This bill would allow convicted felons serving their sentences in […]

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Legislature Approves Bill to Expand Tax Exemption forVeterans With “100 Percent” Disabilities

By   /  August 28, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today unanimously approved Senate Bill 1458 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would expand eligibility for the state’s property tax exemption to military veterans who previously did not qualify. The State Assembly unanimously approved the bill on August 18. It will next go to Governor Jerry Brown for his […]

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Senate Sends DUI Ignition Interlock Bill to Governor Brown

By   /  August 25, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate today unanimously approved bipartisan legislation written by Democratic Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) and co-authored by Republican Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and others that would expand California’s pilot program for ignition interlock devices statewide, requiring all convicted DUI offenders to use them.“The Legislature sent […]

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Senator Bates – Sacramento’s New ‘slush funds’: Ballot Measure Committees”

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  Local, State and National  /  No Comments

“ SACRAMENTO – Over the weekend, the San Jose Mercury News published an article highlighting how some California legislators are taking in large sums of cash from special interests despite contribution limits to personal campaign accounts.Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) this year authored Senate Bill 1467 that would have limited the use of the “slush funds” highlighted […]

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Assembly Committee Blocks Bill to Address Fentanyl Drug Trafficking

By   /  August 12, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO – The Assembly Appropriations Committee today refused to pass Senate Bill 1323 by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) that would enhance criminal penalties for illegal distributors of fentanyl, which has been linked to numerous deaths in California this year. “It’s disappointing that the Assembly Appropriations Committee did not forward […]

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