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Times of San Diego: Assembly Bill 5 Making 'Gig Economy' Workers Shift Employees Passes State Senate

September 10, 2019
“The bill’s Christmas tree of exemptions is a prime example of the Legislature picking winners and losers. Why should some people enjoy an exemption while others such as newspaper carriers and language interpreters and translators do not?” said Sen. Patricia Bates, who represents north coastal San...

California Globe: CA Senate Passes AB 5 Despite Pleas From Independent Businesses

September 10, 2019
“I opposed Assembly Bill 5 because it undermines the principle of equal treatment under the law and deprives many Californians the right to be their own bosses,” Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said. “The bill’s Christmas tree of exemptions is a prime example of the Legislature picking...

San Diego Union-Tribune: New law requires assessments of potential parolees convicted of sexual violence

September 7, 2019
This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 141, a bill authored by State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and sponsored by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

Orange County Register: Addiction treatment bills aim to change troubled industry -- but it's slow in coming

September 1, 2019
His kids, ages 9 and 11, ran into the living room screaming. “There’s someone laying in front of our house in the middle of the street!”

NBC San Diego: Calif. Senator Supports Call for State, Fed Agencies to Pay for Stabilization of Cliffs in Encinitas

August 29, 2019
Bates – who represents the 36th Senate District across parts of Orange and San Diego counties – said the ongoing push to make the bluffs safer are linked to the Aug. 2 deaths at Grandview Beach.

San Diego Union-Tribune: State senator calls on federal, state support for bluff stabilization

August 28, 2019
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, wrote separate letters to the White House Office of Management and Budget and the California Coastal Commission to request assistance with bluff stabilization in the wake of the Aug. 2 bluff collapse that killed Julie Davis, 65, Davis’ 35-year-old daughter,...

Orange County Register: Stretch of 55 will be named after Costa Mesa firefighter, fatally struck by motorist

August 28, 2019
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, co-authored the resolution with Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa.

Coast News: Political pressure to remove nuclear waste builds

August 22, 2019
California Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) wants spent nuclear fuel out of the 36th district as soon as possible.

Dana Point Times: Resolution Urges Feds to Act on California's Nuclear Waste

August 15, 2019
California State Senators Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Bill Monning (D-Carmel) have introduced Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 11 this week that urges Congress and President Donald Trump to approve legislation that would prioritize the removal of spent nuclear fuel from decommissioned nuclear...

Orange County Register: What have state Senators and Assemblymembers from Orange County done so far this year?

August 12, 2019
The dozen legislators representing Orange County in Sacramento have had a busy year, introducing 216 bills, 36 resolutions and one amendment that touch on everything from climate change to international adoption to roadkill.