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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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.