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Fox & Hounds: DMV Report Shows Legislature's Actions Added to the Agency's Problems

July 24, 2019
Had Motor Voter created an opt-in choice for DMV customers, instead of an opt-out effort requiring more staff time to respond, pressure on the DMV would have been eased. Senator Patricia Bates has tried to reverse the formula changing the opt-out provision to an opt-in, but her SB 57 is still...

Associated Press: California Governor Announces Changes At Troubled DMV

July 23, 2019
But GOP Sen. Pat Bates from Laguna Niguel said Newsom was taking "steps in the right direction to help fix the DMV."

Capital Public Radio: New 911 Fee, Tax Law Changes Hand California More Than $1 Billion In New Revenue

June 20, 2019
But Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) argued it’s a flawed way to pay for a worthy cause. “It’s a blank check, it lacks a clear plan and it lacks accountability,” she said. “And most importantly, there is no assurance that this is going to happen in the near term.”

California Globe: Largest Budget in CA History 'Falls Short': $2 billion in New Tax Increases and Lots of Pork

June 13, 2019
“Despite a budget surplus of $22 billion, the record $215 billion budget framework that the Legislature approved today is contingent on more costly tax increases,” Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said. “For example, imposing a tax on U.S. citizens and legal immigrants who do not have health...

California Globe: New Bureau of Environmental Justice Seeking Funding and Enforcement Power?

June 6, 2019
Senator Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said she had a problem “codifying an agency within an agency,” never authorized by the Legislature. “We are committing tax dollars to a new agency which should have been reviewed by the Legislature first.”

Fox and Hounds: Women Set a Record in the State Senate

June 6, 2019
Despite the rejuvenated women’s movement and recent electoral gains, achieving full parity in the Legislature will not be easy. Sen. Bates, for one, believes many women find the current confrontational political arena – exacerbated by social media – distasteful.

Orange County Register: Lawmakers vow to push stiffer regulations on addiction treatment in California

June 5, 2019
The new Bi-Partisan Legislative Substance Abuse Treatment Working Group seeks to significantly expand state oversight, improve patient protections and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent on programs that work.

Orange County Register: Three years into legal cannabis and California still doesn't have a reliable test for driving while high

June 1, 2019
And legislation is pending from State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, that would require testing for cannabis in all fatal crashes.

CNS News: California Gov. Gavin Newsom Pushes for $2 Billion in New Taxes and Fees

June 1, 2019
“We’re talking about close to $2.4 billion in new taxes,” said Republican state Sen. Patricia Bates, who represents both parts of Orange and San Diego counties. “Everything in California is costing more and incomes are less.”

Coast News Group: Sen. Bates' bill tackles marketing deception in rehab industry

May 29, 2019
For years, residential treatment facilities and sober living homes have taken over neighborhoods up and down the state.