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KUSI San Diego: Senator partners with San Diego DA on legislation to keep SVP hearings public

January 26, 2021
A state senator, with the backing of San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, announced Tuesday the re-introduction of legislation aimed at keeping court hearings for Sexually Violent Predators open to the public.

Coast News: North County legislators comment on governor’s proposed K-12 budget

January 22, 2021
Four state lawmakers shared their thoughts, outlined below, about the governor’s proposal.

Capistrano Dispatch: Former Sheriff and Dana Point Resident Sandra Hutchens Dies after Cancer Battle

January 5, 2021
Her leadership experience helped set her apart in the field of nine finalists that were being considered for the job, according to state Senator and then-Fifth District Supervisor Pat Bates.

Orange County Register: Former Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens dies after lengthy cancer battle

January 4, 2021
“It was also joyful to be in her presence,” Bates recalled. “She was so respectful, but unwavering. She was body and spirit involved in what she did.”

Orange County Register: Local prosecutors plead for more state help probing massive fraud by prisoners

December 27, 2020
“With unemployment-related scams proliferating throughout California, there is no excuse for the EDD to continue to include full Social Security numbers on unsecured mail,” said Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, a co-author on the bill.

Orange County Register: Fentanyl bill reintroduced in California Legislature as overdose deaths surge

December 22, 2020
Proposal from state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, seeks to coordinate state and local response to deadly influx of synthetic opioid.

San Clemente Times: Bates Assigned to Legislative Committees for Upcoming Session

December 17, 2020
State Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has been assigned to nearly a dozen legislative committees for the 2021-2022 session, and she will serve as vice-chair of a handful of them, including Appropriations, Environmental Quality and Transportation.

KRON: CA lawmakers push to resume in-person dining

December 17, 2020
A group of bipartisan California state senators are urging the governor to reconsider stay-at-home order rules for restaurants to allow them to resume in person dining.

KUSI-TV San Diego: CA State Senators urge Newsom to reclassify restaurants as essential businesses

December 15, 2020
State Senator Patricia Bates wrote Governor Newsom a letter, signed by a bipartisan group of State Senators, outlining their concerns regarding his ban on dining services, despite no evidence coronavirus is spread at restaurants.

CBS Los Angeles: California State Senators Urge Governor To Let Restaurants Reopen

December 14, 2020
A group of 11 California state senators, both Democrat and Republican, are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to let restaurants reopen by moving them into the “essential” category…