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CNBC: California's $77 billion 'bullet train to nowhere' faces a murky future as political opposition ramps up

March 12, 2018
“It's crazy time with this thing," said Pat Bates, the Republican leader in the state Senate. "Every time we get a new report it's more money and more time. It's a boondoggle. At some point you have to pull the plug."

OC Register: Rehab Riviera: Addiction advertising can trick you to death

March 2, 2018
Sen. Pat Bates and Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva and others have introduced bills aiming at cleaning up the industry.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Bill calls for increased education about opioid addiction and overdose

February 14, 2018
A bill introduced in the state Senate would require warning labels on opioid prescription bottles and require doctors and sports programs to provide more information to youths and their parents about the risk of addiction and overdose.

Riverside Press-Enterprise: Melendez bill to protect Legislature workers who report sexual harassment moves forward

February 3, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, who presented the bill in the Senate, praised Melendez’s efforts in a news release.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report

February 2, 2018
California Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, who represents portions of Orange and San Diego counties, voted in favor of the bill first introduced by Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore.

Orange County Register: Lawmakers resolve to control rogue rehabs this year

February 1, 2018
California’s troubled addiction treatment industry may face stricter oversight and a raft of new requirements in 2018, as lawmakers try to protect vulnerable patients and reduce blatant fraud.

Sacramento Bee: Whistleblower bill Democrats killed four years in a row passes with new urgency

February 1, 2018
“Legislative staff should never have to risk their careers and livelihoods for reporting sexual harassment or any other type of illegal behavior,” said Republican Senate leader Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel.

Public Policy Institute of California: Legislative Leaders Address Sexual Misconduct

January 30, 2018
Both senate leaders described a bipartisan approach to addressing sexual harassment. Bates commended de León for quickly turning the investigation of allegations over to outside law firms independent of the senate.

Orange County Register: Quest for sobriety often ends in sexual assault at some rehabs in Southern California

January 19, 2018
Last week, Sen. Pat Bates introduced legislation to start addressing dangerous practices in California’s poorly-regulated addiction treatment industry.

Orange County Register: Bill aims to plug holes in addiction treatment industry

January 18, 2018
Outraged by reports of “patient brokering” and neighborhood turmoil, Sen. Pat Bates introduced legislation Wednesday to start addressing dangerous and deadly practices in California’s poorly-regulated addiction treatment industry.