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Capistrano Dispatch: Senate Passes Bill to Block Toll Road, Setting Up Potential Assembly Vote

June 26, 2020
State lawmakers on Friday, June 26, passed legislation from Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) to block the 241 Toll Road from extending further south and cut through the city of San Clemente.

San Clemente Times: ABC Awards Grant Funding to OCSD for Alcohol-Related Crime

June 24, 2020
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) awarded state funding to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and the Oceanside Police Department to address alcohol-related crime in their jurisdictions, Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) announced last week.

OC Register: 5 charged in $11.7 million Southern California addiction treatment fraud scheme

June 20, 2020
State Sen. Pat Bates called it a great first step. “It’s something long overdue and a step in the right direction,” said Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. “It’s good news.”

Dana Point Times: Senate to Vote on Bill Blocking Toll Road through San Clemente

June 15, 2020
State legislation that would prevent the 241 Toll Road from ever extending through San Clemente has been sent to the Senate floor where lawmakers are expected to vote on it in the coming days, the city announced last week.

San Clemente Times: San Clemente to Continue Receiving SONGS Emergency Funding

June 10, 2020
Last year, the city council backed state legislation from Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that was meant to extend the funding provisions of the MOU. The city, in its report, credits Bates for helping to spur the discussions among the municipalities and SoCal Edison in order to reach an...

Fox & Hounds: The Big Gamble at the State Capitol Casino

June 5, 2020
Sometimes following action on a bill in the California legislature feels like you are watching a high stakes poker game.

San Clemente Times: State, Federal Representatives Respond to Racial Injustice

June 5, 2020
Similarly, Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued a statement acknowledging that the pain and anger that protesters have is real, and they must be heard after publicly demanding justice for Floyd.

San Clemente Times: City of San Clemente Celebrates Committee Passage of SB 1373 to Help Prevent Future Toll Road

May 29, 2020
The California Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved Senate Bill 1373 on Friday, May 29—a bill proposed by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would enshrine into law that no toll road extension will go through the City of San Clemente.

KPBS San Diego: Lawmaker Urges New Sea Bluff Reinforcement Regulations

May 27, 2020
A state lawmaker who represents northern San Diego County introduced Tuesday a bill designed to prevent coastal bluff collapses, a public hazard tragically exemplified by a cliff failure that killed three family members in Encinitas last summer.

ABC San Diego: California lawmaker to introduce bill designed to help prevent bluff collapses

May 26, 2020
A state lawmaker who represents northern San Diego County is slated Tuesday to introduce a bill designed to prevent coastal bluff collapses, a public hazard tragically exemplified by a cliff failure that killed three family members in Encinitas last summer.

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