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Orange County Register: Governor signs bill that allows creation of Orange County trust to help house homeless people

September 11, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, Sept. 11, signed into law a bill that will allow Orange County and its 34 cities to form the Orange County Housing Finance Trust and jointly compete for state and federal funds to help house the local homeless population.

Dana Point Times: State Sen. Patricia Bates Eyes Legislation on Substance Abuse Centers

September 7, 2018
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) recently presented Assembly bill 3162, co-authored along with Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that would clarify laws and help the DHCS effectively issue and manage the issuance of licenses for alcoholism and...

Orange County Register: Rehab Riviera: 3 clean-up bills defy odds and hit governor's desk, but are they tough enough?

September 2, 2018
Most legislation aimed at cleaning up California’s dysfunctional addiction treatment industry slammed into brick walls, withered in suspense files or was watered down so much as to be unrecognizable – again.

Capistrano Dispatch: Legislature Approves Resolution to Name Portion of Interstate 5 in Honor of Slain Fire Captain

August 29, 2018
Senate Concurrent Resolution 159, authored by State Senator Patricia Bates and State Senator Ricardo Lara, will designate a portion of Interstate 5 between Camino Las Ramblas and the Ortega Highway the “Long Beach Fire Captain David Rosa Memorial Highway.”

Orange County Register: California leaders honor, remember Sen. John McCain

August 25, 2018
Leaders from across California turned to social media Saturday, Aug. 25 to share their thoughts shortly after the news broke that Sen. John McCain had died.

Torrance Daily Breeze: State Legislature advances bill to name stretch of 5 Freeway after Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa, who was fatally shot in June

August 14, 2018
The resolution was co-authored by State Sens. Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach; and Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel.

Orange County Register: Legislation to create Orange County housing trust could help ease the local homeless crisis

August 9, 2018
With the state legislature back in session, Orange County is poised to see the approval of a bill that could dramatically change the landscape for housing its homeless population.

Los Angeles Times: California lawmakers grill DMV official over ballooning wait times

August 7, 2018
In addition to prompting sharp questions from lawmakers, the long wait times have inspired legislative proposals, including a bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) that would give Californians an additional 90 days to renew licenses that are set to expire this year.

Sacramento Bee: Editorial: There's no good excuse for DMV lines this long

August 6, 2018
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, plans to introduce a bill to give a 90-day extension to renew licenses expiring this year and to register out-of-state vehicles.

Sacramento Bee: Anger over long DMV wait times in California inspires move to extend deadlines

August 3, 2018
The proposal from Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, would provide a 90-day deadline extension to renew all licenses set to expire this year and to register out-of-state vehicles.