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Voice of San Diego: Bates' Opioid Education Bill Passes Senate

May 25, 2018
A bill by Sen. Pat Bates requiring warning labels and notices for prescription opioid painkillers, including a notice for student athletes requiring a parent’s signature, passed the Senate this week.

Fox & Hounds: Would You Believe? GOP Bill Would Raise Tax Revenue -- Democrats Say No

May 17, 2018
The bill was Sen. Pat Bates’ SB 1237. The bill’s intent was to clear up legislative created ambiguity when a change of ownership of commercial property triggers a reassessment of that property for tax purposes.

Orange County Register: How to keep your kid from becoming an addict

May 10, 2018
Is your teen at risk for drug addiction? The uncomfortable question will be addressed at an “Opioid and Heroin Awareness Forum” by Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 10.

Coast News Group: SANDAG-backed bill promotes neighborhood electric vehicles

May 10, 2018
Co-authored by State Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and State Assemblyman Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside), the bill would allow any jurisdiction in San Diego County to develop and implement neighborhood electric vehicle transportation plans.

Voice of San Diego: One Senator's Push to Curb Opioid Abuse -- and to Rein in the Facilities That Shelter Addicts

May 4, 2018
Sen. Pat Bates explains the thinking behind her many bills that seek to curb opioid abuse and to better regulate the facilities that shelter and treat drug addicts.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report

April 27, 2018
Sen. Pat Bates, whose district includes part of northern San Diego County, made a second unsuccessful attempt this week to expand California’s legal definition of violent crime.

Orange County Register: Legislators taking aim at scams in the drug rehab industry

April 25, 2018
Eighteen of his friends lost the addiction battle in just the past two years, the most recent in October – in a sober living home.

KQED: State Senate to Review Backlog of Over 10,000 Firearm Confiscation Cases

April 19, 2018
In California there’s a unique program meant to keep guns out of the hands of people who aren’t allowed to own them.

Times of San Diego: Opioid Education Bill Championed by San Diego DA Gains Traction in Sacramento

April 16, 2018
A State Senate bill championed by San Diego District Attorney Summer Stephan and sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates was approved by a key committee on Monday.

San Clemente Times: State of the City Looks at Issues San Clemente Faces

April 12, 2018
Mayor Tim Brown emceed the ceremony with assistance from State Sen. Patricia Bates.