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California Globe: Non-Profit Organizations Would Not Have to Pay Filing Fees Under SB 934

February 25, 2020
Senate Bill 934, introduced by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would get rid of the current $25 filing fee for non-profit organizations looking for a tax exemption starting in 2021, as well as eliminate the $10 fee currently paid for by special tax-exempt organizations for an additional...

Orange County Register: San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano get share of state grants to support housing creation

February 21, 2020
San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano will receive funding from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, joining previously announced Dana Point, Aliso Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita., Sen. Patricia Bates said Thursday, Feb. 20.

San Diego Union-Tribune: DA sponsors bill to require open hearings on release of sexual predators

February 19, 2020
In voicing her support, Stephan thanked the bill’s author, Republican Sen. Patricia Bates, whose district includes swaths of Orange and northern San Diego counties.

My News LA: State Bills Would Give Tax Breaks to Military Survivor Families and Veterans

February 19, 2020
SB 1071, the military retirement pay bill, was jointly authored by Sens. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Bob Archuleta, D- Pico Rivera, who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Times of San Diego: Don’t Close Hearings on Sexually Violent Predators, Say SB 1023, San Diego DA

February 18, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, who authored SB 1023, issued a joint statement with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, saying SVP hearings should be held in open court “unless compelling and extraordinary circumstances justify closing the courtroom to the public.”

City Journal: A California-style Brexit

February 13, 2020
Since AB5 took effect on January 1, hundreds of thousands of Californians are finding their businesses in tatters.

Sacramento Observer: Legislative Republicans Tapping Into Freelancer Frustration

February 11, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) introduced SB 867 and SB 868. Her bills call for carve-outs in the law for freelance journalists, newspapers carriers, and distributors.

Eureka: Advice for the Governor: Clean Up a Made-in-California Mess

February 11, 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 Republican state senator Patricia Bates in proposing two pieces of legislation this year, SB 867 and SB 868...

Los Angeles Sentinel: Labor Lawsuits, New Legislation Attempt to Push Back on New AB 5 Rules

February 6, 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 Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).

Orange County Register: California's gig-worker law faces push-back, even from some it's intended to help

February 3, 2020
With newspapers already reeling from years of closures and cuts amid declining revenues, State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced one bill that would exempt freelance journalists from AB5.

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