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California Globe: New Bureau of Environmental Justice Seeking Funding and Enforcement Power?

June 6, 2019
Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said she had a problem “codifying an agency within an agency,” never authorized by the Legislature. “We are committing tax dollars to a new agency which should have been reviewed by the Legislature first.”

Fox and Hounds: Women Set a Record in the State Senate

June 6, 2019
Despite the rejuvenated women’s movement and recent electoral gains, achieving full parity in the Legislature will not be easy. Sen. Bates, for one, believes many women find the current confrontational political arena – exacerbated by social media – distasteful.

Orange County Register: Lawmakers vow to push stiffer regulations on addiction treatment in California

June 5, 2019
The new Bi-Partisan Legislative Substance Abuse Treatment Working Group seeks to significantly expand state oversight, improve patient protections and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on programs that work.

Orange County Register: Three years into legal cannabis and California still doesn't have a reliable test for driving while high

June 1, 2019
And legislation is pending from State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, that would require testing for cannabis in all fatal crashes.

CNS News: California Gov. Gavin Newsom Pushes for $2 Billion in New Taxes and Fees

June 1, 2019
“We’re talking about close to $2.4 billion in new taxes,” said Republican state Sen. Patricia Bates, who represents both parts of Orange and San Diego counties. “Everything in California is costing more and incomes are less.”

Coast News Group: Sen. Bates' bill tackles marketing deception in rehab industry

May 29, 2019
For years, residential treatment facilities and sober living homes have taken over neighborhoods up and down the state.

CNBC: California.s governor pushes new taxes, fees despite whopping $21.5 billion surplus

May 16, 2019
“We’re talking about close to $2.4 billion in new taxes,” said Republican state Sen. Patricia Bates, who represents portions of Orange and San Diego counties. “Everything in California is costing more and incomes are less.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Editorial: In California Legislature, one politician's loophole is another's ATM

May 10, 2019
What state Sen. Patricia Bates sees as a loophole looks like an ATM to many of her colleagues.

KUSI: Gov. Newsom released his revised version of the state's budget

May 9, 2019
But Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, called the water tax and other new taxes “unfortunate, unhelpful and unnecessary,” arguing that it is unnecessary with the state’s projected surplus and will hurt residents who are already near the poverty level.

Orange County Register: How school resource officers in Southern California are connecting with students to prevent shootings, other crimes

May 9, 2019
As legislators in Sacramento and around the country work to prevent school shootings and protect students from active shooters, Southern California school police officers daily worry about that problem — and many other potential threats to student safety.

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