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Coast News: San Diego/Orange counties awarded $13.5M in state housing grants

March 6, 2021
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced more than $13.5 million in grant funding to San Diego and Orange counties to increase affordable housing.

Los Angeles Daily News: Lawmakers, county assessors seek clarity, delay on Prop. 19 provisions

March 5, 2021
Two California senators and the state’s 58 county assessors are seeking clarification on the implementation of a new property tax measure, and they’re hoping to delay a provision that makes it more costly for children to inherit some homes from their parents.

KUSI-TV San Diego: Supervisors vote to favor sex offender rights over the public

March 2, 2021
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 today against supporting legislation aimed at keeping court hearings for Sexually Violent Predators open to the public.

Capistrano Dispatch: Sen. Bates Proposes Legislation to Cement NEV Use in Rancho Mission Viejo

February 24, 2021
“As the Vice Chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, I want to support innovative efforts that will help Californians live a more sustainable lifestyle,” Bates said. “Encouraging the use of NEVs in a community such as Rancho Mission Viejo would help achieve that objective.”

Orange County Register: Movie about drug rehab's dark side sparks pushback, even as legislators seek sweeping changes

February 23, 2021
Another strike at “bad actors” in the rehab world comes from Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, who reintroduced Senate Bill 434, which would essentially forbid treatment programs from lying.

Associated Press: California inspectors find 'deficiencies' at virus test lab

February 22, 2021
State Sen. Patricia Bates, top Republican on the Senate’s Special Committee on Pandemic Emergency Response led by Democrats, called the findings “the first step towards addressing the disturbing allegations made by whistleblowers.”

Orange County Register: Cleaning up a $35 million Sacramento mess

February 21, 2021
“Taxpayers should not have to pay for the shady deal that was executed by the previous secretary of state,” state Sens. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Jim Nielsen, R-Tehama, said in a statement.

California Globe: Bill That Would Prohibit Rehab Centers From Making False Claims Reintroduced to Senate

February 18, 2021
Senate Bill 434, authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would specifically prohibit the operator of a licensed alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facility, a certified alcohol or other drug program, and a licensed mental health rehabilitation center, psychiatric health...

Times of San Diego: Senator Moves to Name Section of SR-15 in Rainbow After Firefighter Bill Clayton

February 12, 2021
State Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Friday she has introduced a resolution to name a section of state Route 15 near the North County community of Rainbow after local firefighting legend William R. Clayton.

My News LA: OC Housing Trust Receives $4.2 Million Grant

February 11, 2021
“I thank the Department of Housing and Community Development for awarding vital funding to Orange County to help reduce homelessness,” said state Sen. Senator Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, vice chair of the Senate Housing Committee.

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