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Senator Bates Reintroduces “Brandon’s Law”

By   /  February 18, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

To Ban Deceptive Marketing in Rehab IndustrySacramento, CA –Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced “Brandon’s Law” (Senate Bill 434) to prohibit an operator of rehabilitation treatment facilities from providing any form of false advertising or marketing services. The new bipartisan bill is identical to last year’s Senate Bill 863, which Sen. […]

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Senator Bates & San Diego District Attorney Renew Sex Offender Court Hearings Open

By   /  January 28, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sen. Bates and San Diego District Attorney Renew Effort to Keep Sex Offender Court Hearings Open to the Public Sacramento, CA– Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced today that she has reintroduced legislation in partnership with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan to extend the presumption of openness that exists in California courtrooms to proceedings […]

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Senator Bates – Statement on Governor’s Budget Plan

By   /  January 11, 2021  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2021-22 budget proposal: “I welcome the Governor’s budget efforts to strengthen public health, speed up vaccine distribution, and reopen our schools, which cannot come soon enough for millions of kids who are falling further behind in their educational and […]

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December Update From Senator Patricia Bates

By   /  December 28, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

This holiday season – indeed most of 2020 – has been very challenging for most Californians due to COVID-19. However, the distribution of a vaccine means we are starting to see daylight at the end of a long tunnel. We cannot say “thank you” enough to the scientists who worked on the vaccine and to […]

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Senator Bates & OC Sheriff Barnes Renew Effort To Establish Fentanyl Task Force

By   /  December 21, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA -– With street fentanyl surging in the western U.S. and causing thousands of deaths, Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has reintroduced legislation to create a task force to improve Southern California’s response. Authored in partnership with Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, Senate Bill 75 would require the California Attorney General to establish and chair the “Southern […]

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Senators Urge Governor to Reclassify California’s Restaurants as Essential Businesses

By   /  December 14, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA — Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) sent a letter signed by senators of both parties to Governor Gavin Newsom last Friday evening asking him to “reclassify restaurants as essential businesses, and adopt the industry’s protocols that would allow restaurants to operate safely.” The text of the letter is attached below. Click here to view the […]

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Senator Bates Co-authors “Keep California Working Act”

By   /  December 14, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

To Save Jobs and Small Businesses Sacramento, CA–Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that she has co-authored the bipartisan “Keep California Working Act” that would provide $2.6 billion to help small businesses affected by COVID-19. “As we await the distribution of a vaccine and more aid from the federal government, the Legislature must do more to […]

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Senator Bates Co-Authors Bill -Protect EDD Applicants From Identity Theft

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

Sacramento, CA– Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced that she has co-authored bipartisan legislation this week to protect Californians applying for unemployment benefits from identity theft. Senate Bill 58 would require the Employment Development Department (EDD) to end immediately the practice of including full Social Security numbers on its most frequently mailed documents. Senators Scott Wilk […]

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Senator Bates Announces Housing Planning Grants For Encinitas & Oceanside

By   /  November 12, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA — Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grants to the cities of Encinitas ($300,000) and Oceanside ($500,000) to help create more housing supply. “I thank the Department of Housing and Community Development for awarding housing planning grants […]

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Senator Bates Announces $4 Million In New Housing Funding

By   /  November 9, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

For Orange and San Diego Counties Sacramento, CA — Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded more than $4 million to local governments in Orange and San Diego Counties to fund housing-related projects. “I am pleased that the Department of Housing and Community Development […]

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Senator Bates Earns High CalChamber Score for Efforts to Protect Jobs

By   /  October 26, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) has awarded Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) a high score in its 2020 Vote Record on issues important to the state’s job creators. “I am pleased to be recognized by CalChamber yet again for my work to protect economic growth and opportunity in California,” said Senator Bates, a former small business owner. “CalChamber’s vote […]

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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 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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Senator Bates – Statement on Deputy-Involved Shooting in San Clemente

By   /  September 24, 2020  /  Local  /  No Comments

 Sacramento, CA – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after a fatal deputy-involved shooting occurred yesterday in San Clemente:“Yesterday was a sad day for our community. As we mourn the life of Kurt Reinhold and express our concern about his death and concern for the deputies involved, we have the right to […]

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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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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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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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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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Senator Bates – Personal Update on COVID-19 & Legislative Work

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

Sacramento, CA August, 2020 – Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement today: “I am currently self-isolating in Sacramento after a Senate colleague tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. I took a test for the virus and learned today that I have tested negative. “Due to public health protocols and out of […]

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Heat Wave Could Lead to More Power Outages

By   /  August 17, 2020  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Sacramento, CA –The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has issued a statewide “Flex Alert,” a call for voluntary electricity conservation, that began on Sunday and extending through Wednesday. The Flex Alerts are in effect from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. each day. Consumers should be prepared for the potential of rotating power outages during the […]

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