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Sacramento Bee: Credit cards, payment plans, shorter lines: California lawmakers move to fix DMV

March 6, 2019
California lawmakers are moving to address some of the biggest problems at the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

CALmatters: With a whopping 2,628 bills pending, here’s the one most popular among California legislators

March 5, 2019
Nobody can say California lawmakers haven’t kept busy.

CBS Sacramento: Schools Could Be Required To Hold Lockdown Drills Twice a School Year

February 26, 2019
CBS-Sacramento: The bill’s author, Senator Patricia Bates, cited the need for schools to be prepared for worst-case scenarios, saying “SB 541 will save lives and prepare all students, faculty, and parents to know what to do during active threats.”

Modesto Bee: State Senate Republicans ask for review of 'sanctuary' laws in Newman cop killing

February 22, 2019
State Senate Republicans are asking the Attorney General’s Office to determine whether local and state law enforcement agencies were prevented by California’s so-called “sanctuary state” laws from communicating with federal immigration officials in regards to the fatal shooting of Newman Police...

Coast News Group: State bill sponsored by Encinitas starts to produce housing results

February 14, 2019
The first state bill sponsored by Encinitas in more than 20 years is starting to fulfill its original intent: to get unpermitted dwelling units out of the shadows and officially counted in the housing stock.

Times of San Diego: State Sen. Bates Touts 100% Score as Small Business Champion

February 1, 2019
State Sen. Patricia Bates announced Friday she has earned a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Business on its 2018 legislative scorecard.

California Globe: Sen. Bates: SB 57 Doesn't 'Scrap' California's Motor Voter Law

January 23, 2019
Offering voter registration opportunities at the California Department of Motor Vehicles is causing people to question the integrity of our election system, according to Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). Bates authored Senate Bill 57 to make the needed legislative repairs.

Associated Press: California Legislature to open office for misconduct reports

January 19, 2019
"The Legislature cannot change the past, but we must create a better environment where victims are protected, offenders are held accountable, and mutual respect prevails throughout the Capitol and beyond," said Republican Senate Leader Patricia Bates.

Dana Point Times: Sen. Patricia Bates Will Hand Off Minority Leader Role

January 18, 2019
The California State Senate Republicans unanimously elected Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) to succeed Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) as the next minority leader.

Sacramento Bee: California gets a win in Census fight + New Senate GOP leader + Newsom's bullish forecast

January 16, 2019
California Senate Republicans unanimously elected Sen. Shannon Grove to be their next leader Tuesday. Grove, who represents Bakersfield, will succeed outgoing Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel.