In The News Archive

Dana Point Times: Senate Sober Living Bill Fails to Gain Support, Two Assembly Bills Pass Committee

April 22, 2016
A bill introduced by State Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel to give cities and counties the authority to regulate and require licensure of sober living residences failed to move past the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday.

Cabinet Report: Bill to remove school reserve cap fails before Senate panel

April 21, 2016
“The arbitrary cap set forth in SB 858 in 2014 has created problems for school districts across the state,” said Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and author of SB 1249.

Pacific Standard: Fentanyl: The Drug That’s Ravaging Sacramento

April 18, 2016
A bill making its way through the California Senate would add fentanyl to a list of drugs including heroin and cocaine, and would impose harsher penalties on anyone convicted of a drug commerce crime involving fentanyl, with the potential to add time to a prison sentence.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Fentanyl disguised as other drugs alarms authorities

April 17, 2016
Alarmed by the recent overdoses and deaths linked to the drug, Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced a state bill … to increase prison time for those who sell or distribute large amounts of the powerful painkiller.

Fox & Hounds: LAO Numbers on Cap-N-Trade Sure Make It Feel Like a Tax

April 8, 2016
Senator Pat Bates said, “Let’s use the $2 billion dollars that drivers are already paying to improve our transportation infrastructure instead of asking them for another tax increase.”

Voice of San Diego: Making it Painful to Deal Killer Painkillers

April 8, 2016
State Sen. Pat Bates scored a victory on her measure to increase penalties for large-scale dealers of potent painkiller fentanyl this week, with her SB 1323 clearing the public safety committee on a unanimous vote.

Orange County Register: Bill to toughen penalty for fentanyl trafficking advances in state senate

April 6, 2016
Alarmed by a deadly wave of fentanyl abuse in Orange County and across California, Sen. Pat Bates (R-Dana Point), has introduced a bill to toughen penalties for people convicted of trafficking the powerful drug.

Sacramento Bee: California Senate panel backs stiffer sentencing for fentanyl

April 6, 2016
Calling fentanyl the “emerging go-to drug for cartels,” state Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said the bill SB 1323 is needed to “cut the head off” organizations of major drug traffickers, who are believed to be importing fentanyl and its synthetic cousins over the border from Mexico and...

CalWatchdog: After rash of overdoses, Senate advances bill to punish Fentanyl traffickers

April 6, 2016
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said the bill would “cut the head off the drug cartels and stop it at it’s source.” Bates, a former Los Angeles County social worker and Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas are both sponsoring the bill.

Reuters: Bill to toughen sentences for fentanyl dealers advances in California

April 5, 2016
"This bill is aimed at major narcotics traffickers," said Republican Senator Patricia Bates, who introduced the bill. "We’re going after cartel-type organizations that are in it for the money and don’t care how many lives it costs."