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Bay Area News Group: Granny flats: More popular than ever, but still mired in bureaucracy

July 11, 2018
Also pending is a proposal from Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates, of Orange County, to encourage the legalization of unpermitted units by authorizing local building officials to apply the standards that were in place when the unit was constructed, rather than the latest, more stringent standards.

Orange County Register: Do Democrats in Sacramento really want to fix Prop. 13 problems?

July 6, 2018
The latest effort, carried by state Republican Senate Leader Patricia Bates, from Laguna Niguel, failed on a 3-2 vote of the Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee.

Dana Point Times: Senator Bates Honors Douglas Landscape Inc. as 2018 Small Business of the Year

June 29, 2018
Senator Bates recognized the Dana Point-based landscaping business during the California Small Business Day awards luncheon in Sacramento.

Coast News Group: Encinitas 'granny flats' bill advances in state legislature

June 28, 2018
Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Nigel), who represents the 36th District covering Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside and parts of Orange County, introduced Senate Bill 1226 earlier this year with the city of Encinitas as a sponsor.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report

June 22, 2018
A bill by Republican Sen. Patricia Bates that would make it easier for owners of existing granny flats to secure permits for the units moved forward this week.

Voice of San Diego: Bates' Opioid Education Bill Passes Senate

May 25, 2018
A bill by Sen. Pat Bates requiring warning labels and notices for prescription opioid painkillers, including a notice for student athletes requiring a parent’s signature, passed the Senate this week.

Fox & Hounds: Would You Believe? GOP Bill Would Raise Tax Revenue -- Democrats Say No

May 17, 2018
The bill was Sen. Pat Bates’ SB 1237. The bill’s intent was to clear up legislative created ambiguity when a change of ownership of commercial property triggers a reassessment of that property for tax purposes.

Coast News Group: SANDAG-backed bill promotes neighborhood electric vehicles

May 10, 2018
Co-authored by State Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside), the bill would allow any jurisdiction in San Diego County to develop and implement neighborhood electric vehicle transportation plans.

Orange County Register: How to keep your kid from becoming an addict

May 10, 2018
Is your teen at risk for drug addiction? The uncomfortable question will be addressed at an “Opioid and Heroin Awareness Forum” by Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

Voice of San Diego: One Senator's Push to Curb Opioid Abuse -- and to Rein in the Facilities That Shelter Addicts

May 4, 2018
Sen. Pat Bates explains the thinking behind her many bills that seek to curb opioid abuse and to better regulate the facilities that shelter and treat drug addicts.