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Los Angeles Times: For the Republicans left in California's Legislature, fewer lawmakers will have to do more work

December 16, 2018
From January to late summer every year, the California Legislature is a perpetual motion machine.

Capital Public Radio: Ninety-Third California Legislature Convenes At State Capitol

December 3, 2018
California lawmakers took their oaths of office for the Legislature’s 2018-2019 session Monday at the state Capitol with promises to fight poverty, homelessness and wildfires.

George H.W. Bush's legacy extends to Rancho Mirage retreats; condolences pour in

December 1, 2018
State Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) said, "My thoughts and prayers are with the Bush family as they mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush, whose extraordinary life inspired many in his family to serve others."

Coast News Group: New granny-flat law could help Encinitas with its affordable-housing shortfall

October 19, 2018
SB 1226 is the first bill that Encinitas has sponsored in more than 20 years. Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), who represents the 36th District covering Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside and parts of Orange County, authored SB 1226.

Del Mar Times: Accessory dwelling law proceeds in Encinitas

October 11, 2018
Encinitas property owners will have more leeway in adding small homes on their land as a result of City Council action Wednesday, Oct. 10, as well as passage of legislation last week in Sacramento.

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.