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Orange County Register: Legislation to create Orange County housing trust could help ease the local homeless crisis
August 9, 2018
With the state legislature back in session, Orange County is poised to see the approval of a bill that could dramatically change the landscape for housing its homeless population.
Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers grill DMV official over ballooning wait times
August 7, 2018
In addition to prompting sharp questions from lawmakers, the long wait times have inspired legislative proposals, including a bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would give Californians an additional 90 days to renew licenses that are set to expire this year.
Sacramento Bee: Editorial: There's no good excuse for DMV lines this long
August 6, 2018
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, plans to introduce a bill to give a 90-day extension to renew licenses expiring this year and to register out-of-state vehicles.
Sacramento Bee: Anger over long DMV wait times in California inspires move to extend deadlines
August 3, 2018
The proposal from Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, would provide a 90-day deadline extension to renew all licenses set to expire this year and to register out-of-state vehicles.
Coast News Group: Military veterans participate in Oceanside resources fair
August 3, 2018
Dozens of military veterans took part in the first Oceanside Veterans Resource Fair hosted by California State Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on July 26 at the Veterans Association of North County.
KUSI: Veterans Resource Fair in Oceanside hosted by Senator Patricia Bates
July 26, 2018
Ed Lenderman was live at the Veterans Association of North County for the Veterans Resource Fair, which featured more than 20 different organizations, ranging from non-profit to county programs, ready to assist veterans and their families.
Bay Area News Group: Granny flats: More popular than ever, but still mired in bureaucracy
July 11, 2018
Also pending is a proposal from Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates, of Orange County, to encourage the legalization of unpermitted units by authorizing local building officials to apply the standards that were in place when the unit was constructed, rather than the latest, more stringent standards.
Orange County Register: Do Democrats in Sacramento really want to fix Prop. 13 problems?
July 6, 2018
The latest effort, carried by state Republican Senate Leader Patricia Bates, from Laguna Niguel, failed on a 3-2 vote of the Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee.
Dana Point Times: Senator Bates Honors Douglas Landscape Inc. as 2018 Small Business of the Year
June 29, 2018
Senator Bates recognized the Dana Point-based landscaping business during the California Small Business Day awards luncheon in Sacramento.
Coast News Group: Encinitas 'granny flats' bill advances in state legislature
June 28, 2018
Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Nigel), who represents the 36th District covering Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside and parts of Orange County, introduced Senate Bill 1226 earlier this year with the city of Encinitas as a sponsor.
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