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OC Register: Judge: Serial killer suspects in the deaths of 4 O.C. women will be tried separately

July 1, 2015
As the court process continues, the Gordon and Cano case has also led to a larger discussion regarding the use of GPS to track criminals. State Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) earlier this year introduced a bill to increase prison time for those who cut off their monitoring bracelets.

Orange County Register: Coffee shop still runs on its winning formula

June 17, 2015
For Coffee Importers and its owner, Jim Miller, the road to success in Dana Point has been long. State Sen. Patricia Bates on June 10 named the coffee house the 2015 Small Business of the Year for the 36th Senate district.

OC Register: Honoring residents dedicated to city

June 11, 2015
The city (Laguna Niguel) honored more than 130 volunteers at its annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Saturday.

OC Register: California Senate passes bill giving longer sentences to sex offenders who remove GPS tracker

June 3, 2015
The bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, cleared the Senate floor and is headed to the Assembly.

Daily Pilot: Irvine council supports bid to enact flag law on state campuses

June 1, 2015
When a student government committee at UC Irvine voted in March to ban flags of all nationalities — including the United States — from a common area on campus, the news quickly went viral and condemnation in the court of public opinion was swift.

OC Register: State Senate to vote on GPS-tampering bill inspired by O.C. serial killings

May 29, 2015
The bill, by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, passed unanimously through the seven-member Senate Appropriations Committee and will be taken to the Senate floor next week. Bates is a member of the committee.

OC Register: Attack on sea lions prompts legislation on animal cruelty

May 22, 2015
Some California state lawmakers are seeking harsher penalties for people found guilty of committing animal cruelty following last month’s chlorine attack on rescued sea lions at Laguna Beach’s marine mammal rehabilitation center.

LA Times: California lawmakers propose harsher penalties for animal cruelty

May 21, 2015
In the wake of an attack on a marine wildlife rehabilitation facility in Laguna Beach, five legislators have authored a bill that was introduced Wednesday to increase the penalties for animal cruelty.

OC Register: Mission Viejo council endorses effort to halt U.S. flag bans at state colleges

May 21, 2015
The council on Monday adopted a resolution to support Senate Constitutional Amendment 2, which was introduced after members of UC Irvine’s student council voted in March to ban any nation’s flag from hanging in the group’s common lobby.

Catholics step up fight to keep Serra statue

May 9, 2015
Daily Pilot: State Sen. Pat Bates (R-San Juan Capistrano) drafted an amendment to Lara's proposal that calls for a funding source for the Ride statue to be found, through private money, before the Serra statue could be moved.