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Los Angeles Times: Fentanyl seizures in O.C. set to double for third year in a row, sheriff says

October 18, 2019
The sheriff’s department has worked with state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to push for legislation to pursue illegal fentanyl distributors.

KPBS San Diego: State Awards San Diego County $1.4M To Combat Homelessness

October 16, 2019
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Wednesday that San Diego County will receive $1.4 million in state funding for programs combating homelessness.

KFI Los Angeles: OC Awarded $1.1 Million in State Funding for Homelessness

October 16, 2019
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced today that Orange County will receive $1.1 million in state funding for programs combating homelessness.

Orange County Register: California governor signs some addiction treatment reform measures, rejects others

October 15, 2019
Four bills aiming to clean up California’s notoriously under-regulated addiction treatment industry landed on the governor’s desk last month — a meatier batch than had ever made it through the Sacramento sausage grinder before.

Fox Sacramento: Governor Newsom Signs Bill Evaluating School Lockdown Drills

October 13, 2019
The bi-partisan bill, SB 541, by Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) will require the California Department of Education to report on the use of existing lockdown drills in K-12 public schools.

California Globe: Bill To Expand Drug And Alcohol Testing In Fatal Traffic Accidents Vetoed By Governor

October 4, 2019
Assembly Bill 551, which would have required drug tests to be performed after every fatal accident in the state, was vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Neighborhood electric vehicles to debut next month in Oceanside

September 30, 2019
Last year, SANDAG sponsored a state Senate bill co-authored by Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Beach) and Assemblyman Rock Chavez (R-Oceanside) that allowed cities to develop neighborhood electric vehicle programs.

San Clemente Times: SONGS Emergency Funding and Sand Replenishment

September 19, 2019
To help ensure that local agencies continue to receive emergency preparedness funding, Senator Pat Bates introduced Senate Bill 465, which would provide a legislative route by which SCE would be required to fund local agency efforts.

Orange County Register: Governor gets bills that would crack down on addiction treatment scams, raise standards

September 18, 2019
Also making it to the governor’s desk is Senate Bill 589 by Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, which would prohibit rehabs and sober homes from making false or misleading advertising statements.

Times of San Diego: Assembly Bill 5 Making 'Gig Economy' Workers Shift Employees Passes State Senate

September 10, 2019
“The bill’s Christmas tree of exemptions is a prime example of the Legislature picking winners and losers. Why should some people enjoy an exemption while others such as newspaper carriers and language interpreters and translators do not?” said Sen. Patricia Bates, who represents north coastal San...

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