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Dana Point Times: Senate to Vote on Bill Blocking Toll Road through San Clemente

June 15, 2020
State legislation that would prevent the 241 Toll Road from ever extending through San Clemente has been sent to the Senate floor where lawmakers are expected to vote on it in the coming days, the city announced last week.

San Clemente Times: San Clemente to Continue Receiving SONGS Emergency Funding

June 10, 2020
Last year, the city council backed state legislation from Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that was meant to extend the funding provisions of the MOU. The city, in its report, credits Bates for helping to spur the discussions among the municipalities and SoCal Edison in order to reach an...

Fox & Hounds: The Big Gamble at the State Capitol Casino

June 5, 2020
Sometimes following action on a bill in the California legislature feels like you are watching a high stakes poker game.

San Clemente Times: State, Federal Representatives Respond to Racial Injustice

June 5, 2020
Similarly, Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued a statement acknowledging that the pain and anger that protesters have is real, and they must be heard after publicly demanding justice for Floyd.

San Clemente Times: City of San Clemente Celebrates Committee Passage of SB 1373 to Help Prevent Future Toll Road

May 29, 2020
The California Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 1373 on Friday, May 29—a bill proposed by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enshrine into law that no toll road extension will go through the City of San Clemente.

KPBS San Diego: Lawmaker Urges New Sea Bluff Reinforcement Regulations

May 27, 2020
A state lawmaker who represents northern San Diego County introduced Tuesday a bill designed to prevent coastal bluff collapses, a public hazard tragically exemplified by a cliff failure that killed three family members in Encinitas last summer.

ABC San Diego: California lawmaker to introduce bill designed to help prevent bluff collapses

May 26, 2020
A state lawmaker who represents northern San Diego County is slated Tuesday to introduce a bill designed to prevent coastal bluff collapses, a public hazard tragically exemplified by a cliff failure that killed three family members in Encinitas last summer.

NBC San Diego: Concerns Over Unstable Coastal Cliffs

May 21, 2020
NBC 7’s Mark Mullen spoke with Pat Davis who says its more urgent than ever for lawmakers to take action to make the cliffs stable.

Coast News: Fatal Grandview bluff collapse triggers legislation

May 20, 2020
A Leucadia resident who witnessed a fatal bluff collapse that claimed the lives of three family members in Encinitas is supporting legislation to improve public safety on beaches by allowing local municipalities and homeowners to more easily install protective barriers along the shoreline.

State of Reform: Q&A: Sen. Pat Bates on the legislative response to COVID-19

May 14, 2020
In this Q&A, Sen. Bates reflects on her key takeaways from that first committee meeting, her health bills she is pursuing this year, and programs in her district that are addressing the effects of COVID-19.

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