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Orange County Register: Lawmakers vow to push stiffer regulations on addiction treatment in California

June 5, 2019
The new Bi-Partisan Legislative Substance Abuse Treatment Working Group seeks to significantly expand state oversight, improve patient protections and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on programs that work.

Orange County Register: Three years into legal cannabis and California still doesn't have a reliable test for driving while high

June 1, 2019
And legislation is pending from State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, that would require testing for cannabis in all fatal crashes.

CNS News: California Gov. Gavin Newsom Pushes for $2 Billion in New Taxes and Fees

June 1, 2019
“We’re talking about close to $2.4 billion in new taxes,” said Republican state Sen. Patricia Bates, who represents both parts of Orange and San Diego counties. “Everything in California is costing more and incomes are less.”

Coast News Group: Sen. Bates' bill tackles marketing deception in rehab industry

May 29, 2019
For years, residential treatment facilities and sober living homes have taken over neighborhoods up and down the state.

CNBC: California.s governor pushes new taxes, fees despite whopping $21.5 billion surplus

May 16, 2019
“We’re talking about close to $2.4 billion in new taxes,” said Republican state Sen. Patricia Bates, who represents portions of Orange and San Diego counties. “Everything in California is costing more and incomes are less.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Editorial: In California Legislature, one politician's loophole is another's ATM

May 10, 2019
What state Sen. Patricia Bates sees as a loophole looks like an ATM to many of her colleagues.

Orange County Register: How school resource officers in Southern California are connecting with students to prevent shootings, other crimes

May 9, 2019
As legislators in Sacramento and around the country work to prevent school shootings and protect students from active shooters, Southern California school police officers daily worry about that problem — and many other potential threats to student safety.

KUSI: Gov. Newsom released his revised version of the state's budget

May 9, 2019
But Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, called the water tax and other new taxes “unfortunate, unhelpful and unnecessary,” arguing that it is unnecessary with the state’s projected surplus and will hurt residents who are already near the poverty level.

Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers again protect the loophole of unlimited political cash

May 5, 2019
“It is time to close the loophole, so that candidates and elected officials cannot use money intended for promoting or opposing ballot measures to instead promote themselves and their campaigns,” state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) told a Senate committee last month.

People: In a Galaxy Not So Far Away: California Officially Votes to Declare May 4 'Star Wars Day'

May 2, 2019
A giant Yoda hot air balloon flew outside of the California State Capitol on Thursday, and people dressed up as stormtroopers walked around the building, according to a tweet from Senator Pat Bates.

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