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PC World: California bills aim to place curbs on drone operations

September 6, 2015
“Drones offer many fantastic uses for society, but dropping porn, drugs and guns into our prisons and jails is not one of them,” said Senator Patricia Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel, in a statement.

Los Angeles Times: State lawmakers approve traffic relief and stricter penalties for sex offenders

September 4, 2015
"When a rapist or child molester cuts off his GPS device and evades the law, the state has been put on notice that others are at great risk," said Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), the bill's author.

Associated Press: California bill tags sex offenders who remove location-tracking devices

September 4, 2015
Sex offenders who willfully remove their location-tracking devices would face up to three years in state prison under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown.

San Diego Source: Bill making drone use around jails a crime passes state Senate

September 4, 2015
The California State Senate passed legislation Friday that would make the flying of drones over prisons or jails in California a misdemeanor offense, sending the bipartisan measure co-authored by local state senators to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown.

Orange County Register: Former O.C. lawmaker Marian Bergeson takes the leap on her 90th birthday

August 28, 2015
“She’s a warm person with many, many friends,” said state Sen. Pat Bates, a Laguna Niguel resident who has also served in both legislative chambers and on the county Board of Supervisors.

Lawmakers this week once again take aim at dangers of private drones

August 20, 2015
“Firefighters face tremendous risk, and the last thing they need is to have a drone get in their way and potentially cause a catastrophic crash of public safety aircraft,” Bates said.

Orange County Register: Laguna Niguel lawmaker proposes ban on drones flying over wildfires

August 20, 2015
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, has co-authored a bill making it a crime to fly a drone over a wildfire, she announced Tuesday.

Los Angeles Daily News: California bill would ban drones over wildfires

August 19, 2015
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, has co-authored a bill making it a crime to fly a drone over a wildfire, she announced today.

Capitol Weekly: End of session: Stakes high, bills abound, time short

August 17, 2015
To returning taxing authority to local authorities, Senator Pat Bates’ (R-Laguna Niguel) bill, SB 10, would give “more local control to the process by converting the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) into a grant program.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Roads: State spends more, gets less

August 7, 2015
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced a measure for the state to grant localities block grants to speed up local road funding. She told me local agencies are far more nimble and efficient.