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Fallbook/Bonsall Village News: Governor signs bill to modernize schools serving military families -- includes Mary Fay Pendleton and San Onofre

October 5, 2015
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced yesterday, Fri., October 2, that Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 111 by Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) into law, a measure that will help secure federal funding for California schools serving military families.

Capital Public Radio: Brown Signs Use-Of-Force, Racial-Profiling Bills, Vetoes Harsher Sentences

October 5, 2015
Brown vetoed a bill by Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would make it a felony for sex offenders on parole to remove or tamper with their GPS tracking devices. Bates cited four murders in Orange County as the reason for the bill and said she was “very disappointed” with the veto.

Associated Press: Gov. Brown vetoes bill aimed at sex offenders who cut GPS devices

October 5, 2015
Under the bill sponsored by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, sex offenders would face up to three years in state prison for cutting off their GPS tracking devices.

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.