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Orange County Register: Lawmakers resolve to control rogue rehabs this year

February 1, 2018
California’s troubled addiction treatment industry may face stricter oversight and a raft of new requirements in 2018, as lawmakers try to protect vulnerable patients and reduce blatant fraud.

Sacramento Bee: Whistleblower bill Democrats killed four years in a row passes with new urgency

February 1, 2018
“Legislative staff should never have to risk their careers and livelihoods for reporting sexual harassment or any other type of illegal behavior,” said Republican Senate leader Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel.

Public Policy Institute of California: Legislative Leaders Address Sexual Misconduct

January 30, 2018
Both senate leaders described a bipartisan approach to addressing sexual harassment. Bates commended de León for quickly turning the investigation of allegations over to outside law firms independent of the senate.

Orange County Register: Quest for sobriety often ends in sexual assault at some rehabs in Southern California

January 19, 2018
Last week, Sen. Pat Bates introduced legislation to start addressing dangerous practices in California’s poorly-regulated addiction treatment industry.

Orange County Register: Bill aims to plug holes in addiction treatment industry

January 18, 2018
Outraged by reports of “patient brokering” and neighborhood turmoil, Sen. Pat Bates introduced legislation Wednesday to start addressing dangerous and deadly practices in California’s poorly-regulated addiction treatment industry.

Occidental College Magazine: Elephant in the Room

January 16, 2018
Pat Bates ’61’s political genesis started three decades ago at the corner of Crown Valley and Alicia parkways, in what was then unincorporated Laguna Niguel in south Orange County.

Bloomberg: Federal Tax Conformity Will Come Late, If at All, in California

January 11, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates is proposing to use an expected windfall from repatriated foreign income to fund state transportation projects.

The Hill: Brown plays defense with California's budget surplus

January 11, 2018
"I'm encouraged that the governor wants to add an additional $3.5 billion into the state's rainy day fund," Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates said in a statement.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report: San Diego Lawmakers Outline Goals for 2018

January 5, 2018
The end of one busy political year gave way to another this week when California lawmakers reconvened at the Capitol. Members of San Diego’s delegation assumed new posts, introduced bills and talked more about how to improve the way officials handle sexual harassment claims.

Associated Press: California lawmakers to confront sexual misconduct scandal

January 2, 2018
The 2018 legislative year will bring debates over legislation to boost protections for victims and people who report sexual misconduct, as well as both chambers’ continued efforts to improve their own policies for handling misconduct.