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Pacific Research Institute: Good Bills this Session - Really.

September 17, 2020
SB 934, sponsored by Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Hills), will eliminate the $25 filing fee paid by non-profits applying for a state tax exemption.

California Globe: Gov. Newsom Signs Bill To Eliminate Non-Profit State Filing Fees

September 10, 2020
Senate Bill 934, authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), will remove the $25 filing fee tax exemption filing fees, as well as the $10 filing fee for annual informational returns to the FTB and $25 late fees.

San Francisco Chronicle: AB5 cleanup bill allows gig work for musicians, interpreters, more in California

September 1, 2020
Musicians, translators, interpreters, writers, photographers and dozens more professions won exemptions from AB5, the state’s new gig-work law, with Monday’s passage of a cleanup bill, AB2257.

Orange County Register: 1-year delay in newspaper labor changes wins lawmakers' approval

August 31, 2020
A bill granting the newspaper industry an extra year to meet new labor standards passed its final legislative hurdle, gaining Assembly approval Monday, Aug. 31.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Family sues state, city, others over Encinitas bluff collapse that killed three

August 27, 2020
Aside from the suit, the deaths also prompted proposed state legislation that, had it passed, would have required the California Coastal Commission to approve projects designed to protect against coastal erosion in Orange and San Diego counties.

Times of San Diego: San Diego Habitat for Humanity Gets $1M for Homeownership Development

July 31, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Friday the California Department of Housing and Community Development awarded $6 million to organizations in San Diego and Orange counties to help Californians with low incomes become or remain homeowners.

KPBS San Diego: State Senator Announces $433,775 in Funding For Young Adult Housing

July 29, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, announced Wednesday that the California Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded $433,775 in funding to San Diego and Orange counties to help house young adults who are at-risk of becoming homeless.

Coast News: State distributing federal COVID funds to North County cities

July 27, 2020
“One of my top priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic is fighting to ensure local governments receive their fair share of public resources,” Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), vice-chair of the senate appropriations committee, said in a statement.

OC Register: Just so you know, there's no loophole in Proposition 13

July 26, 2020
Proponents of a measure to change Proposition 13 use the word “loophole” all the time to describe what is actually a provision of the state constitution, put there by voters, intentionally, in June 1978.

Orange County Register: A bill to block agencies from extending the 241 Toll Road is stalled in state Assembly

July 21, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is holding up discussions on a bill that would block at the state level agencies from considering the extension of the 241 Toll Road south of Oso Parkway in Mission Viejo.