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OC Register: State Senate to vote on GPS-tampering bill inspired by O.C. serial killings

May 29, 2015
The bill, by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, passed unanimously through the seven-member Senate Appropriations Committee and will be taken to the Senate floor next week. Bates is a member of the committee.

OC Register: Attack on sea lions prompts legislation on animal cruelty

May 22, 2015
Some California state lawmakers are seeking harsher penalties for people found guilty of committing animal cruelty following last month’s chlorine attack on rescued sea lions at Laguna Beach’s marine mammal rehabilitation center.

OC Register: Mission Viejo council endorses effort to halt U.S. flag bans at state colleges

May 21, 2015
The council on Monday adopted a resolution to support Senate Constitutional Amendment 2, which was introduced after members of UC Irvine’s student council voted in March to ban any nation’s flag from hanging in the group’s common lobby.

LA Times: California lawmakers propose harsher penalties for animal cruelty

May 21, 2015
In the wake of an attack on a marine wildlife rehabilitation facility in Laguna Beach, five legislators have authored a bill that was introduced Wednesday to increase the penalties for animal cruelty.

Catholics step up fight to keep Serra statue

May 9, 2015
Daily Pilot: State Sen. Pat Bates (R-San Juan Capistrano) drafted an amendment to Lara's proposal that calls for a funding source for the Ride statue to be found, through private money, before the Serra statue could be moved.

OC Register: Legislation to keep south O.C. emergency room delayed

May 1, 2015
A movement to keep emergency medical services alive in San Clemente continues, despite postponement last week of state legislation to allow a freestanding emergency room in Orange County’s southernmost city.

Sex offender GPS monitoring bills sail through state committees

April 28, 2015
OC Register: A bill by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, to increase prison time for sex offenders who disable a GPS bracelet passed unanimously through the Senate public safety committee.

After sex offenders accused of killing 4 women, state bill would crack down on those who tamper with GPS monitors

April 23, 2015
OC Register: Offenders currently face a mandatory six months in jail for removing or disabling GPS bracelets. But under a bill introduced this year by state Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel, they could face up to three years in prison.

O.C. legislators propose tougher penalties for criminals that ditch GPS trackers

April 23, 2015
My News LA: Bates wants to make it a felony for convicted sex offenders who slip out of or disable Global Positioning System devices.

Senate barely approves Sally Ride statue

April 13, 2015
U-T San Diego: Senators rejected a proposal by Bates on Monday to place Serra’s statue at Mission San Juan Capistrano, should it be removed from Statuary Hall.