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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.

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.

Dana Point Times: Historical Society Celebrates 200th Anniversary of R.H. Dana’s Birth

August 6, 2015
On Aug. 1, the 200th anniversary of his birthday, the Dana Point Historical Society held a bicentennial celebration at the Ocean Institute aboard the brig Pilgrim to share more about the life of the city’s namesake.

Orange County Register: Crown Valley Park is back, ready for play

August 5, 2015
Pat Bates, now a state senator representing much of South County and northern San Diego County, was Laguna Niguel’s first mayor. She said the changes to the park are just one of the many ways her dreams for the city have come true.

Orange County Register: The silver tsunami

July 29, 2015
Fifth district Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, co-hosted the conference, co-sponsored by Age Well Senior Services, the county Office on Aging and Laguna Woods Village.

Riverside Press-Enterprise: Defeat effort to weaken Prop. 13

July 24, 2015
This year, state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, authored legislation, Senate Bill 259, which would fix Prop. 13 without raising taxes.

Orange County Register: Stop detouring road maintenance funds

July 20, 2015
State Senate Republicans have introduced two bills to fix the roads without raising taxes.

Orange County Register: Bates: No to more supervisors in O.C.

July 15, 2015
State Sen. Pat Bates is opposing a constitutional amendment that proposes to add two board of supervisors members to Orange County after 2020.

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