In The News Archive

KFBK Sacramento: Bill Protecting Firefighters from Drone Civil Suits Waiting Governor's Signature

August 31, 2016
One of the bill's authors is state Senator Patricia Bates. "This bipartisan bill strikes the appropriate balance between public safety and property rights and I hope the governor will change his mind and sign it this year," says Bates.

San Diego Union-Tribune: The problem with California ballot measure committees

August 24, 2016
Back in May, Senate Democrats killed a bill that would limit the use of these committees the same day they took a step to overturn the Citizens United decision. That’s rich.

Los Angeles Times: City and county managers' salary changes, fringe benefits must be announced before they're approved

August 22, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) introduced the bill as a follow-up to other reform measures taken after criminal charges were filed against council members and others for improperly enriching themselves with money in Bell.

Bay Area News Group: Sacramento's new 'slush funds': Ballot measure committees

August 20, 2016
A bill authored this year by state Sen. Pat Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel, would have barred candidates and elected officials from using money raised by candidate-controlled ballot measure committees to promote themselves, their candidacies or the campaigns of others.

Coast News Group: New state fentanyl legislation fails to pass

August 18, 2016
The Assembly Appropriations Committee blocked a bill (SB 1323) authored by State Sens. Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R – San Dimas) to combat the opiate drug fentanyl.

Capital Public Radio: Bill To Allow County Jail Inmates To Vote Head To Brown's Desk

August 17, 2016
A superior court judge ruled felons in county supervision programs can vote, since they're not in prison or on parole. The bill also extends the right to inmates in county jail, who would vote in the district where they're incarcerated. Republican Senator Patricia Bates argued that could improperly...

San Clemente Times: Avenida La Pata Gap Connection Opens With Fanfare

August 14, 2016
State Sen. Patricia Bates spoke about her experiences in trying to get the road built.

OC Register: Road connecting San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano opens

August 14, 2016
More than 50 years after it appeared as a line on an Orange County map, a transportation link described by officials as the biggest Orange County Public Works project ever is a reality.

Sacramento Bee: Assembly panel blocks bill toughening penalties for fentanyl traffickers

August 11, 2016
Senate Bill 1323, introduced by Sens. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, would have added fentanyl to a list of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, that carry additional prison time based on the weight of the drug sold.

Los Angeles Times: Measure to stiffen penalties for fentanyl trafficking is shelved

August 11, 2016
The bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Nigel) would have added a sentencing enhancement of up to 10 years for those convicted of trafficking the drug, putting it on par with punishments for certain crimes involving heroin and cocaine.