In The News Archive

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.

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.

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.

Associated Press: Parks Promised to Poor Neighborhoods Unbuilt Years Later

August 10, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, replied Tuesday: “It’s really important to design a planning process that delivers a park on time.”

Orange County Register: La Pata extension ready to link up

July 8, 2016
“This is the most significant arterial that will be completed in Orange County for the next five to 10 years,” said Patricia Bates, then a county supervisor and now a state senator.