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California Globe: Freelance Journalists Would Be Exempt from AB 5 in New Bill

January 24, 2020
“Assembly Bill 5 took a sledgehammer approach to an employment problem that required a scalpel, which consequently hammered many Californians who truly wish to remain their own bosses,” said Senator Bates.

Associated Press: Bills may exempt freelancers, newspapers from California law

January 23, 2020
Freelance writers and newspaper carriers would be exempted from a broad new California labor law requiring that many be treated as employees rather than independent contractors, under legislation announced Thursday by a state senator.

Orange County Register: Body brokering, where addicts are sold as investments, can continue in sober homes, for now

January 16, 2020
The bill, SB 486, by Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, sought to add “commercially operated recovery residences” to the list of places that can’t give or receive anything of value for client referrals.

Orange County Register: 3 South Orange County cities to receive grant money to develop affordable housing

January 10, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced this week that the cities of Dana Point and Aliso Viejo each will receive $160,000; Rancho Santa Margarita will receive $25,000.

Sacramento Bee: How you’ll know if Gavin Newsom’s plan to turn around the DMV is working in 2020

December 30, 2019
State Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, is pushing a bill to require Californians to opt in to vote at the DMV instead of being automatically registered.

California Globe: Bill That Would Make Voter Registration at DMV Centers an Opt-In Process to be Reintroduced in January

December 19, 2019
Senate Bill 57, which would stop automatically registering all eligible voters to vote when they get a driver’s license at the DMV and revert it back to an opt-in system, will be back in front of the California legislature next month.

California Globe: California’s Independent Contractors Are About to Become Dependent Employees – or Unemployed

December 17, 2019
AB 5 undermines the principle of equal treatment under the law and deprives many Californians the right to be their own bosses, by exempting some industries over others, Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said during Senate debate in September.

Patch: Opposition Expressed For 241 Toll Road Expansion

December 12, 2019
In November, Senator Pat Bates and others met in a Toll Road Town Hall in San Clemente to discuss a potential toll road extension, expressing her opposition to that plan.

San Clemente Times: Additional Funding for Homelessness from HCD

November 27, 2019
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded more than $1 million in Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) to Orange and San Diego counties to reduce homelessness.

Daily Pilot: Two O.C. lawmakers seek federal help with sober-living homes

November 26, 2019
State Sens. John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) and Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) have asked the federal Housing and Urban Development Department for help in cracking down on what they say are unscrupulous sober-living facilities.

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