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San Clemente Times: State Senate Votes to Urge Federal Government to Pass Interim Nuclear Fuel Storage Bill

April 28, 2016
California’s State Senate approved a resolution Thursday to urge the federal government to pass a bill that would allow the U.S. Department of Energy to conduct temporary interim storage of spent nuclear fuel at facilities away from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, a few miles south of San...

Fox 5 San Diego: State senate demands DOE remove nuclear waste from San Onofre

April 28, 2016
The resolution authored by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, urges President Barack Obama and Congress to approve a bill in the House of Representatives that would consolidate the storage of nuclear waste.

LA Weekly: California May Regulate Sober Living Homes For the First Time

April 23, 2016
The state legislature has taken a tentative step toward regulating sober living homes.

Dana Point Times: Senate Sober Living Bill Fails to Gain Support, Two Assembly Bills Pass Committee

April 22, 2016
A bill introduced by State Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel to give cities and counties the authority to regulate and require licensure of sober living residences failed to move past the Senate Health Committee on Wednesday.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Fentanyl disguised as other drugs alarms authorities

April 17, 2016
Alarmed by the recent overdoses and deaths linked to the drug, Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced a state bill … to increase prison time for those who sell or distribute large amounts of the powerful painkiller.

Fox & Hounds: LAO Numbers on Cap-N-Trade Sure Make It Feel Like a Tax

April 8, 2016
Senator Pat Bates said, “Let’s use the $2 billion dollars that drivers are already paying to improve our transportation infrastructure instead of asking them for another tax increase.”

Voice of San Diego: Making it Painful to Deal Killer Painkillers

April 8, 2016
State Sen. Pat Bates scored a victory on her measure to increase penalties for large-scale dealers of potent painkiller fentanyl this week, with her SB 1323 clearing the public safety committee on a unanimous vote.

Orange County Register: Bill to toughen penalty for fentanyl trafficking advances in state senate

April 6, 2016
Alarmed by a deadly wave of fentanyl abuse in Orange County and across California, Sen. Pat Bates (R-Dana Point), has introduced a bill to toughen penalties for people convicted of trafficking the powerful drug.

Sacramento Bee: California Senate panel backs stiffer sentencing for fentanyl

April 6, 2016
Calling fentanyl the “emerging go-to drug for cartels,” state Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said the bill SB 1323 is needed to “cut the head off” organizations of major drug traffickers, who are believed to be importing fentanyl and its synthetic cousins over the border from Mexico and...

CalWatchdog: After rash of overdoses, Senate advances bill to punish Fentanyl traffickers

April 6, 2016
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said the bill would “cut the head off the drug cartels and stop it at it’s source.” Bates, a former Los Angeles County social worker and Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas are both sponsoring the bill.