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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.

Pacific Research Institute: Herding Cats and Moving the Ball Forward

April 10, 2018
Tim Anaya interviews Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Los Angeles Times: State audit finds accounting problems in wastewater authority serving Laguna Beach

March 29, 2018
The estimated $260,000 audit — released March 22 and done at the request of state Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) — also notes that SOCWA's financial reporting issues stretch back some 15 years and have included a failure to understand the value of assets...

Orange County Register: State audit exposes south Orange County sewage agency's sloppy accounting

March 23, 2018
“This state audit validates how SOCWA has been mismanaged over several years,” reads a joint statement from state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, who initiated the audit. “Moving forward, we will continue to fastidiously monitor SOCWA’s progress and...

Dana Point Times: Senator Patricia Bates Names Donna Kalez 'Woman of the Year'

March 15, 2018
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, as the 36th Senate District’s Woman of the Year during a Senate session in Sacramento.