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San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego's Toni Atkins is tapped as the first woman leader of the California State Senate

December 7, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, issued a laudatory statement about the announcement and described a cooperative working relationship with her Senate colleague.

Orange County Register: Legislative Report Card ignores the spin, exposes the truth

October 29, 2017
In 2017, the California Legislature launched a sustained and withering assault on middle-class taxpayers.

Voice of San Diego: Here's Each Local Lawmaker's "Thing" in Sacramento

October 27, 2017
Together, San Diego’s delegation to the state Capitol has written hundreds of bills that address everything from obscure rules for trusts and estates to diapers to human trafficking.

Orange County Register: Plan decades in the works to restore Aliso Creek estuary moves forward in Laguna Beach

October 21, 2017
Bartlett and Bates both spoke in support of the project.

Orange County Register: California's gun safety sham

October 19, 2017
Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, for one, recognizes the hypocrisy. She told the Los Angeles Times, “In light of the Las Vegas massacre, it makes no sense for the governor to sign a bill that would give judges the ability to reduce sentences for criminals who use guns. … Any...

Los Angeles Times: Female lawmakers, staffers and lobbyists speak out on 'pervasive' harassment in California's Capitol

October 17, 2017
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said she supports “efforts to stop perpetrators of sexual harassment and their enablers.” She encouraged people who have been harassed to come forward.

Washington Post: In California, a direct -- if expensive -- resistance to President Trump's Washington

October 16, 2017
“There is a lot of talk about how progressive the session was, but I feel it was very regressive,” said State Sen. Patricia Bates, the chamber’s Republican leader. “Our low- and middle-income folks are going to see the cost of living go way up — and we’re already there.”

Coastline Pilot: Aliso Creek estuary once had 14 acres of wetlands; now, there’s a plan to restore some of them

October 13, 2017
The project has caught the attention of state Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and county supervisor Lisa Bartlett, whose fifth district includes Laguna Beach. Both women spoke Thursday in support of the restoration.

Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown gives judges discretion over when to lengthen prison sentences in gun crimes

October 11, 2017
The governor drew criticism Wednesday from state Senate Republican leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel for signing the measure a little more than a week after a gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas.

Sacramento Bee: AM Alert

October 2, 2017
State Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates hosts a conference on the opioid and heroin crisis in San Juan Capistrano.