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Senator Bates -Statement on Governor’s Climate Change Decree

By   /  October 8, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Statement on Governor’s Climate Change DecreeSACRAMENTO – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), the Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom issued a sweeping executive order today concerning climate change: “Policies to successfully address climate change require informed input from the people’s representatives in the Legislature. My legislative colleagues […]

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Senator Brian Jones Legislative Update

By   /  October 8, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your Senator. I know your time is precious‚ so I have just a few important updates for you including: A brief update on the bills I introduced this year now that the 2020 Legislative Session is in our rear-view. What to do in case you suspect you’re […]

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Assemblymember Waldron – Historic Gains for Mental Health

By   /  October 8, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Marie Waldron, —As a member of the Mental Health Caucus and the Assembly Health Committee, I was honored to be recognized as a “Mental Health Champion in the CA Legislature” by the Steinberg Institute this session. I am a co-author or supporter of:– SB 855 requires coverage for medically necessary treatment of mental health and substance use disorders […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Protecting Animals

By   /  October 8, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – -Since joining the Legislature I have authored and supported many bills protecting pets and native wildlife, most of which are now law. This session, I co-authored AB 128, which prevents the sale of wild horses for slaughter when purchased at auction. I also supported SB 469, which allows the California Horse […]

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Assistance League of Inland North County, Nonprofit of the Year

By   /  October 5, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron – I recently joined my legislative colleagues to recognize over 100 nonprofits that work tirelessly to enhance our communities and the lives of our citizens. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to have the usual ceremony at the Capitol, but the lack of a formal celebration cannot diminish the important contributions […]

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Senator Bates Applauds Allocation of COVID-19 Homeless Aid to Local Governments

By   /  October 1, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) thanked the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for awarding more than $4.5 million in COVID-19 homeless aid to the Counties of Orange and San Diego. The money will help fund homeless prevention, emergency shelters, street outreach, and more. “COVID-19 has made homelessness more severe […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Historic Mental Health Advances

By   /  October 1, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron –This session, I am honored to be recognized as a “Mental Health Super Hero” by the Steinberg Institute, because of my work on mental health policy, advancing mental health parity to physical health and working to expand access to care.  In addition I supported 9 bi-partisan bills, which were all forwarded to the Governor […]

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Jones’ Measure Extending for Skate Parks Signed into Law

By   /  October 1, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Original bill by Jones was for a four-year pilot program Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 1003, a measure authored by State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) which extends the immunity from liability that local governments receive when operating skate parks, was signed into law last night by Governor Gavin Newsom. Skate parks are reserved areas (often […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Historic Mental Health Advances

By   /  September 29, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

This session, I am honored to be recognized as a “Mental Health Super Hero” by the Steinberg Institute, because of my work on mental health policy, advancing mental health parity to physical health and working to expand access to care.  In addition I supported 9 bi-partisan bills, which were all forwarded to the Governor for […]

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Jones’ Measure Reducing Licensing Burdens on Californians Signed Into Law

By   /  September 29, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento – A measure by State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) to reduce the licensing burden on working Californians was signed into law last night by Governor Gavin Newsom. Jones’ Senate Bill 878 will ease licensing burdens for California workers who are required to be licensed by the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). “I appreciate the […]

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Statement on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By   /  September 22, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement upon learning of the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “I’m very saddened to learn of the passing of Justice Ginsburg. While she is best known for her advocacy of justice and equality, her friendships with people with whom she […]

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Jones Promotes Senate Fellow to Legislative & Communications Aide

By   /  September 22, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Nina Krishel served as 2019 – 20 Senate Fellow in Jones’ Capitol Office El Cajon, CA – State Senator Brian Jones (R-Santee) today announced that he has promoted Senate Fellow Nina Krishel to the position of Legislative and Communications Aide in his Capitol Office. “Nina worked hard for my constituents in East and North San […]

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What Can We Do About Wildfires? Assemblymember Waldron

By   /  September 22, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — This year, devastation from California’s wildfires is at record levels of destruction – about 3.4 million acres already burned!  We have some of the toughest environmental standards in the nation, but our success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions is wiped out by tons of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere by these […]

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Assemblymember Waldron -Now It’s Up To The Governor

By   /  September 10, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — With the final adjournment of the Legislature on August 31, hundreds of bills were forwarded to the Governor, who now has until September 30 to decide their fate. There’s often lots of controversy in Sacramento, but contrary to what may be a common impression, many bills pass with overwhelming support from […]

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Governor Approves Senator Bates’ Measure to Eliminate Filing Fees for Non-Profits

By   /  September 10, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Senate Bill 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) into law that will eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. Senator Bates authored SB 934 in partnership with the Franchise Tax Board (FTB). “I thank the Governor for signing my bill to help non-profits […]

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The 2019 – 2020 Session is History

By   /  September 4, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — The 2019-2020 legislative session ended on August 31. During this two-year period, 5,423 bills of all types were introduced. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we had two unexpected shutdowns, and in the last weeks some members were absent and Senators were forced to vote remotely. At one point, there was an […]

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Senator Brian Jones Seeks California Heroes

By   /  September 4, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Dear Friends‚ During COVID-19 have you caught your neighbor…in an act of heroism? In 2014‚ Senate Concurrent Resolution 97 designated September as ‘California Heroes’ Month. This is a time when everyday heroes are to be recognized for their extraordinary acts of community service. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented so many challenges for our community‚ yet […]

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Senate Rejects Long-Term Fix to Save Local Journalism, Opts for Band-Aid Instead

By   /  September 1, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA — On a partisan vote, the California State Senate on Sunday rejected an amendment from Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to Assembly Bill 323 (Rubio) that would have significantly helped community newspapers keep their doors open for the long-term. Instead, the Senate passed AB 323 that will only give newspapers another year of regulatory relief […]

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron – It’s Always Fire Season In California

By   /  August 31, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assemblymember Marie Waldron — California has already reached historic levels in acres burned – 700 fires with over 1.3 million acres burned!  As always, California’s first responders are on the job, protecting our lives, our property, our families, everything we hold dear. We owe them our cooperation, our respect and our support. Last winter’s heavy rainfall […]

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Senator Bates’ Measure to Eliminate Filing Fees for Non-Profits Heads

By   /  August 31, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sen. Bates’ Measure to Eliminate Filing Fees forNon-Profits Heads to Governor’s Desk SACRAMENTO – The California State Assembly today approved Senate Bill 934 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on a 75 to 0 vote that would eliminate filing fees for non-profit organizations applying for a state tax exemption. It will go to Governor Newsom for his consideration. […]

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