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NBC San Diego: Concerns Over Unstable Coastal Cliffs

May 21, 2020
NBC 7’s Mark Mullen spoke with Pat Davis who says its more urgent than ever for lawmakers to take action to make the cliffs stable.

Coast News: Fatal Grandview bluff collapse triggers legislation

May 20, 2020
A Leucadia resident who witnessed a fatal bluff collapse that claimed the lives of three family members in Encinitas is supporting legislation to improve public safety on beaches by allowing local municipalities and homeowners to more easily install protective barriers along the shoreline.

State of Reform: Q&A: Sen. Pat Bates on the legislative response to COVID-19

May 14, 2020
In this Q&A, Sen. Bates reflects on her key takeaways from that first committee meeting, her health bills she is pursuing this year, and programs in her district that are addressing the effects of COVID-19.

Voice of San Diego: Inside the State’s Plan to Ramp Up Contact Tracing

May 8, 2020
Sen. Pat Bates, who vice-chaired the committee, asked how the state was taking privacy into consideration while evaluating digital tools that might be used to scale-up contact tracing investigations.

Courthouse News Service: Health Experts Cautiously Optimistic on California’s Reopening Plan

May 6, 2020
Committee co-chair Senator Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said lawmakers will need assurances their privacy rights won’t be violated by any digital apps that help contact tracers track cases and contact residents.

City News Service: OC Supervisor Pushes Business Reopenings; Others Say Not So Fast

May 4, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said she backs the governor's reopening plan, as well as the reopening of Laguna Beach's and San Clemente's beaches.

San Clemente Times: Newsom Announces Plan for Reopening California, Bates Defends Businesses

April 14, 2020
Today, State Sen. Patricia Bates, whose district represents Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, signed a letter among other Republican leaders urging Newsom to prioritize the economy as the next phase of the COVID-19 response.

Orange County Register: How many body-brokering cases have been prosecuted by the feds under new law?

March 13, 2020
If you guessed zero, you'd be right. Lawmakers are mad.

San Clemente Times: Sen. Bates Announces More Housing Funding for South OC Cities

March 5, 2020
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded planning grants to the cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.

Our Weekly Los Angeles: Legislature to debate bill to ease military tax burden

February 28, 2020
"California’s military veterans deserve better from Sacramento than having their retirement pay that they worked so hard for to be taxed. That is why I am proud to jointly co-author Senator Wilk’s common-sense measure to provide tax relief to our veterans. It will help keep more veterans in...