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Orange County Register: Local prosecutors plead for more state help probing massive fraud by prisoners

December 27, 2020
“With unemployment-related scams proliferating throughout California, there is no excuse for the EDD to continue to include full Social Security numbers on unsecured mail,” said Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, a co-author on the bill.

Orange County Register: Fentanyl bill reintroduced in California Legislature as overdose deaths surge

December 22, 2020
Proposal from state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, seeks to coordinate state and local response to deadly influx of synthetic opioid.

San Clemente Times: Bates Assigned to Legislative Committees for Upcoming Session

December 17, 2020
State Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has been assigned to nearly a dozen legislative committees for the 2021-2022 session, and she will serve as vice-chair of a handful of them, including Appropriations, Environmental Quality and Transportation.

KRON: CA lawmakers push to resume in-person dining

December 17, 2020
A group of bipartisan California state senators are urging the governor to reconsider stay-at-home order rules for restaurants to allow them to resume in person dining.

KUSI-TV San Diego: CA State Senators urge Newsom to reclassify restaurants as essential businesses

December 15, 2020
State Senator Patricia Bates wrote Governor Newsom a letter, signed by a bipartisan group of State Senators, outlining their concerns regarding his ban on dining services, despite no evidence coronavirus is spread at restaurants.

CBS Los Angeles: California State Senators Urge Governor To Let Restaurants Reopen

December 14, 2020
A group of 11 California state senators, both Democrat and Republican, are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to let restaurants reopen by moving them into the “essential” category…

San Diego Union-Tribune: DA’s Office: Judge closes another hearing for sexually violent predator

December 11, 2020
In its news release, the District Attorney’s Office noted it is again working with State Sen. Patricia Bates, whose district covers a swath of North County, to pass legislation ensuring the public’s right to attend evidentiary hearings for sexually violent predators.

Times of San Diego: DA’s Office to Re-Introduce Legislation to Keep SVP Court Hearings Public

December 10, 2020
SB 1023, introduced earlier this year by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel and sponsored by the local DA’s Office, would prohibit those proceedings from being closed to the public “unless compelling and extraordinary circumstances justify” closing the courtroom.

Orange County Register: Sober living, addiction treatment conflicts return to lawmakers' crosshairs

December 5, 2020
In the same spirit, state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, will reintroduce “Brandon’s Law,” which would prohibit rehabs from false advertising and marketing.

Patch: Bates Announces Housing Grant For Laguna Niguel

November 27, 2020
Senator Patricia Bates announced that Laguna Niguel will receive a $300,000 grant to look into ways to increase housing supply.