Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates Addresses Irvine Business Leaders at PAC Luncheon

Friday, June 30, 2017

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Local business leaders packed the house to hear from California State Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates during an ICEPAC (Irvine Chamber Educational Political Action Committee) Lunch with an Elected Official program at TAPS Fish House in Irvine.

With an introduction by Bryan Starr, President and CEO of the Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce, the Senator discussed topics such as California Senate Bill 562, the Healthy California Act; Proposition 13; Senate Bill 1, transportation funding; and the legislative process from the minority party’s perspective. 

She spoke at length about the need for more involvement from the business community in the legislature, using the single-payer healthcare bill as an example. Citing that the California Nurses Association was able to bring hundreds of their members to the state capitol to lobby on behalf of the legislation, she noted that only a dozen or so opponents to the bill showed up to oppose the bill, but also acknowledged that it isn’t easy for people to take a day off of work to visit Sacramento to have their voice heard.

“Senator Bates was encouraged by the participation and representation that chambers and other business organizations provide and asked that they continue their efforts to speak on behalf of the business community,” said Whit Peterson, Director of Government Affairs, Greater Irvine Chamber.

Also in attendance were ICEPAC trustees Michael Fitzgerald, Isaiah Leslie, Paul Simonds, and PAC Chair Howard Klein; Assemblyman Steven Choi; and Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington.

For more information about ICEPAC, contact Whit Peterson.

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