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Capistrano Dispatch: Senator Bates' Office Offers Lesson in Safe Driving at San Juan Capistrano Community Center

October 4, 2018
Dozens of seniors packed the San Juan Capistrano Community Center on Tuesday morning, Oct. 2, for a two-hour lesson on safe driving organized by the Office of State Senator Patricia Bates and The California Highway Patrol.

Orange County Register: New rehab laws may revamp addiction treatment in California

September 27, 2018
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a raft of bills into law Wednesday that will begin imposing order on the Wild Wild West of California’s addiction treatment system.

KUSI: New bill allows county to create Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Transportation Plan

September 26, 2018
SANDAG sponsored the legislation, which was carried by Senator Pat Bates, who represents the 36th Senate District covering South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Allowing San Diego to Establish Neighborhood Electric Vehicle Plan

September 19, 2018
“(Neighborhood electric vehicles) offer residents mobility choices and they are an innovative way to help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Patricia Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel. “I thank the governor for signing my measure into law, which...

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.