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Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown gives judges discretion over when to lengthen prison sentences in gun crimes

October 11, 2017
The governor drew criticism Wednesday from state Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel for signing the measure a little more than a week after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas.

Sacramento Bee: AM Alert

October 2, 2017
State Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates hosts a conference on the opioid and heroin crisis in San Juan Capistrano.

KMJ Radio: State Senate GOP Leader Calling For Veto Of Sanctuary State Bill

September 29, 2017
State Senate GOP leader Patricia Bates has sent Governor Jerry Brown a letter calling for him to reject SB54.

San Clemente Times: State Representatives, Local Agencies to Address 'Opioid and Heroin Crisis' with Presentation in San Juan Capistrano

September 29, 2017
On Monday, Oct. 2, State Assemblyman Bill Brough and State Senator Patricia Bates, in partnership with the Capistrano Unified School District and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, will host a presentation on the “opioid and heroin crisis” in South Orange County, and how it affects local...

Times of San Diego: California 'Sanctuary State' Bill Approved on Legislature's Last Day

September 15, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel said that even with last-minute changes sought by Brown, the law could permit dangerous criminals to be returned to the streets.

Los Angeles Times: California's Republican leaders call on Congress to find a solution to accommodate Dreamers

September 5, 2017
Bates said it is important that Congress pass a “lasting solution” that will allow the 800,000 people participating in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to “continue to pursue their educations, careers and contributions to our great nation.”

Fox San Diego: California lawmakers weigh in on DACA decision

September 5, 2017
"It is imperative that Congress pass a lasting legislative solution that will ensure that 800,000 young people, who have done nothing wrong, can continue to pursue their educations, careers and contributions to our great nation," state Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates wrote.

KQED: Closely Watched Bills Killed by Legislative Spending Committees

September 1, 2017
“As it stands, the bill (AB 1250) is a special interest power grab that would hurt the vulnerable, nonprofits and small businesses by severely restricting public/private partnerships at the county level,” said Sen. Republican Leader Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, in a statement.

Coast News Group: Differing opinions on 'small cell' bill

August 25, 2017
“I believe the bill strikes the right balance by reducing red tape that can delay development for months while ensuring compliance with all applicable health and safety requirements,” Bates said.

Sacramento Bee: They risked their lives for their country. Here's what California could do for them

August 18, 2017
SB 197 would waive the California sales tax on purchases made to build the Pendleton center.