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Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers grill DMV official over ballooning wait times

August 7, 2018
In addition to prompting sharp questions from lawmakers, the long wait times have inspired legislative proposals, including a bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would give Californians an additional 90 days to renew licenses that are set to expire this year.

Sacramento Bee: Editorial: There's no good excuse for DMV lines this long

August 6, 2018
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, plans to introduce a bill to give a 90-day extension to renew licenses expiring this year and to register out-of-state vehicles.

Sacramento Bee: Anger over long DMV wait times in California inspires move to extend deadlines

August 3, 2018
The proposal from Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, would provide a 90-day deadline extension to renew all licenses set to expire this year and to register out-of-state vehicles.

Coast News Group: Military veterans participate in Oceanside resources fair

August 3, 2018
Dozens of military veterans took part in the first Oceanside Veterans Resource Fair hosted by California State Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) on July 26 at the Veterans Association of North County.

KUSI: Veterans Resource Fair in Oceanside hosted by Senator Patricia Bates

July 26, 2018
Ed Lenderman was live at the Veterans Association of North County for the Veterans Resource Fair, which featured more than 20 different organizations, ranging from non-profit to county programs, ready to assist veterans and their families.

Bay Area News Group: Granny flats: More popular than ever, but still mired in bureaucracy

July 11, 2018
Also pending is a proposal from Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates, of Orange County, to encourage the legalization of unpermitted units by authorizing local building officials to apply the standards that were in place when the unit was constructed, rather than the latest, more stringent standards.

Orange County Register: Do Democrats in Sacramento really want to fix Prop. 13 problems?

July 6, 2018
The latest effort, carried by state Republican Senate Leader Patricia Bates, from Laguna Niguel, failed on a 3-2 vote of the Senate’s Governance and Finance Committee.

Dana Point Times: Senator Bates Honors Douglas Landscape Inc. as 2018 Small Business of the Year

June 29, 2018
Senator Bates recognized the Dana Point-based landscaping business during the California Small Business Day awards luncheon in Sacramento.

Coast News Group: Encinitas 'granny flats' bill advances in state legislature

June 28, 2018
Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Nigel), who represents the 36th District covering Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside and parts of Orange County, introduced Senate Bill 1226 earlier this year with the city of Encinitas as a sponsor.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report

June 22, 2018
A bill by Republican Sen. Patricia Bates that would make it easier for owners of existing granny flats to secure permits for the units moved forward this week.