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My News LA: State Bills Would Give Tax Breaks to Military Survivor Families and Veterans

February 19, 2020
SB 1071, the military retirement pay bill, was jointly authored by Sens. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Bob Archuleta, D- Pico Rivera, who chairs the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Times of San Diego: Don’t Close Hearings on Sexually Violent Predators, Say SB 1023, San Diego DA

February 18, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, who authored SB 1023, issued a joint statement with San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, saying SVP hearings should be held in open court “unless compelling and extraordinary circumstances justify closing the courtroom to the public.”

City Journal: A California-style Brexit

February 13, 2020
Since AB5 took effect on January 1, hundreds of thousands of Californians are finding their businesses in tatters.

Sacramento Observer: Legislative Republicans Tapping Into Freelancer Frustration

February 11, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) introduced SB 867 and SB 868. Her bills call for carve-outs in the law for freelance journalists, newspapers carriers, and distributors.

Eureka: Advice for the Governor: Clean Up a Made-in-California Mess

February 11, 2020
“Assembly Bill 5 took a sledgehammer approach to an employment problem that required a scalpel, which consequently hammered many Californians who truly wish to remain their own bosses,” said Republican state senator Patricia Bates in proposing two pieces of legislation this year, SB 867 and SB 868...

Los Angeles Sentinel: Labor Lawsuits, New Legislation Attempt to Push Back on New AB 5 Rules

February 6, 2020
“Assembly Bill 5 took a sledgehammer approach to an employment problem that required a scalpel, which consequently hammered many Californians who truly wish to remain their own bosses,” said Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel).

Orange County Register: California's gig-worker law faces push-back, even from some it's intended to help

February 3, 2020
With newspapers already reeling from years of closures and cuts amid declining revenues, State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced one bill that would exempt freelance journalists from AB5.

Coast News: Sober living bill blocked in state senate

January 30, 2020
Senate Bill 486 was introduced by Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and would have prohibited commercially operated substance abuse recovery residences, also known as sober living homes, from engaging in patient brokering.

Orange County Register: Bill forbidding lies in rehab marketing re-introduced in state Senate

January 29, 2020
Addiction rehabs and similar health businesses in California shouldn’t be allowed to lie to consumers with impunity, according to state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel.

California Globe: Freelance Journalists Would Be Exempt from AB 5 in New Bill

January 24, 2020
“Assembly Bill 5 took a sledgehammer approach to an employment problem that required a scalpel, which consequently hammered many Californians who truly wish to remain their own bosses,” said Senator Bates.

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