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Orange County Register: Governor vetoes GPS-tampering bill

October 5, 2015
Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a bill to increase prison sentences for high-risk sex offenders who tamper with their electronic tracking devices, proposed legislation prompted by serial killings in Orange County.

Dana Point Times: Senior Scam Stopper Seminar Set for Oct. 16

September 30, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates, Congresswoman Mimi Walters and Mission Viejo Councilwoman Wendy Bucknum are hosting a seminar for seniors titled “Senior Scam Stoppers” on Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Norman P. Murray Senior Center, 24932 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo.

San Clemente Times: Lawmakers Seek to Keep Emergency Room in San Clemente

September 25, 2015
Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-73, and State Sen. Patricia Bates, R-36 hosted the tour of the facility.

San Clemente Patch: Community Leaders Fight to Save Emergency Room

September 22, 2015
San Clemente City leaders and state legislators made the case to save San Clemente Hospital’s Emergency Room Monday to a legislative delegation considering a bill to allow for a satellite emergency room.

Orange County Register: Lawmakers pledge to seek ER solution for South County

September 22, 2015
California law won’t allow transport of 911 emergency patients to an outpatient facility. So state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) have authored bills designed to save the only ER between Mission Viejo and Oceanside by making it a satellite ER to...

Shelton Herald: Summer job changes local girl's life

September 21, 2015
A summer that started in sadness for Tanya Podpolucha ended up as one of the most fulfilling of her young life.

Los Angeles Times: Bills sent to Gov. Brown would create new felonies, putting more in prison

September 14, 2015
After the arrest of two monitored sex offenders in Orange County on suspicion of murdering four women, Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) proposed requiring fugitive sex offenders to spend up to three years in prison.

San Diego Union-Tribune: CPUC’s Picker impressed senators

September 14, 2015
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, also cited the newspaper reports in explaining her opposition to the Picker nomination.

Orange County Register: Bill to increase prison sentences for sex offenders on governor's desk

September 10, 2015
A bill to increase prison sentences for high-risk sex offenders who tamper with their electronic tracking devices is heading to the governor’s desk for approval.

Breitbart: CA Senate passes bill banning drones near prisons, jails

September 6, 2015
Senator Bates commented on the legislation, saying, “Drones offer many fantastic uses for society, but dropping porn, drugs and guns into our prisons and jails is not one of them. The bill simply makes it clear that flying unauthorized drones over California’s correctional facilities is...