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Coast News Group: State bill sponsored by Encinitas starts to produce housing results

February 14, 2019
The first state bill sponsored by Encinitas in more than 20 years is starting to fulfill its original intent: to get unpermitted dwelling units out of the shadows and officially counted in the housing stock.

Times of San Diego: State Sen. Bates Touts 100% Score as Small Business Champion

February 1, 2019
State Sen. Patricia Bates announced Friday she has earned a 100 percent score from the nonpartisan National Federation of Independent Business on its 2018 legislative scorecard.

California Globe: Sen. Bates: SB 57 Doesn't 'Scrap' California's Motor Voter Law

January 23, 2019
Offering voter registration opportunities at the California Department of Motor Vehicles is causing people to question the integrity of our election system, according to Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel). Bates authored Senate Bill 57 to make the needed legislative repairs.

Dana Point Times: Sen. Patricia Bates Will Hand Off Minority Leader Role

January 18, 2019
The California State Senate Republicans unanimously elected Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) to succeed Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) as the next minority leader.

Sacramento Bee: California gets a win in Census fight + New Senate GOP leader + Newsom's bullish forecast

January 16, 2019
California Senate Republicans unanimously elected Sen. Shannon Grove to be their next leader Tuesday. Grove, who represents Bakersfield, will succeed outgoing Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel.

The Hill: California governor proposes big spending increases

January 11, 2019
Four days into his term in office, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) laid out an ambitious and costly agenda of new spending on social services that his famously skin-flint predecessor resisted.

Representatives Look Ahead after Governor's Inauguration

January 11, 2019
Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, was sworn in on Monday, Jan. 8 as the 40th governor of California. Republican Senator Patricia Bates says she looks forward to working with his administration and politicians across the aisle to better serve her constituents.

Newsom unveils a $209-billion budget to boost schools and healthcare and fight poverty

January 10, 2019
State Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said any refusal to fund transportation projects would fly in the face of promises made to voters last fall who left in place higher fuel taxes and vehicle fees

Sacramento Bee: Did non-citizens vote last year? California officials still can't say

January 4, 2019
Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, introduced a bill last month that would adopt an opt-in voting process and do away with automatic registration of customers.

GOP lawmaker pitches plan to kill California's new DMV voter registration system

December 17, 2018
"Enough is enough,” state Senate Minority Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said in a statement on Monday. “I've been deeply troubled reading the media reports highlighting the failed motor voter program.”