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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...

California Globe: CA Senate Passes AB 5 Despite Pleas From Independent Businesses

September 10, 2019
“I opposed Assembly Bill 5 because it undermines the principle of equal treatment under the law and deprives many Californians the right to be their own bosses,” Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said. “The bill’s Christmas tree of exemptions is a prime example of the Legislature picking...

San Diego Union-Tribune: New law requires assessments of potential parolees convicted of sexual violence

September 7, 2019
This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 141, a bill authored by State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and sponsored by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

Orange County Register: Addiction treatment bills aim to change troubled industry -- but it's slow in coming

September 1, 2019
His kids, ages 9 and 11, ran into the living room screaming. “There’s someone laying in front of our house in the middle of the street!”

NBC San Diego: Calif. Senator Supports Call for State, Fed Agencies to Pay for Stabilization of Cliffs in Encinitas

August 29, 2019
Bates – who represents the 36th Senate District across parts of Orange and San Diego counties – said the ongoing push to make the bluffs safer are linked to the Aug. 2 deaths at Grandview Beach.

Orange County Register: Stretch of 55 will be named after Costa Mesa firefighter, fatally struck by motorist

August 28, 2019
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, co-authored the resolution with Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa.