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Orange County Register: Gavin Newsom's threat to localities is extortion by any other name

March 17, 2019
As noted by Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Hills, “The governor’s proposal to hold money for road repairs captive unless local governments meet his demands is a bait-and-switch on Californians who thought the gas and car taxes would help them and their communities. With the defeat of last November’s gas...

Coast News Group: Rodman honored as Woman of the Year

March 14, 2019
From fighting to protect its unique ecosystem and watershed to educational programs, the nonprofit has been a stalwart in environmental issues under the leadership of Lisa Rodman of Carlsbad.

Coast News Group: Sen. Bates drives legislation on sober living regulations

March 14, 2019
The “bad actors” are overwhelming the good ones.

KUSI San Diego: Gov. Newsom signs executive order that stops the use of the death penalty

March 13, 2019
“The announcement benefits people like Randy Kraft who butchered at least 16 young men and Scott Peterson who was convicted of murdering his wife and their unborn child,” Bates said. “It sends the terrible message that the taking of innocent life will not be punished to the fullest extent of the...

CBS Los Angeles: Mixed Reaction To Gov. Newsom’s Death Penalty Executive Order

March 13, 2019
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said she was “disappointed that today’s action undermines the will of California’s voters who spoke clearly in 2016 to reaffirm the death penalty.”

Orange County Register: Bill could help set standards for sober living homes

March 11, 2019
More than a dozen bills have been introduced this session to try to address California’s scandal-plagued addiction treatment and recovery industry. Many see one as essential: AB 704. It would require criminal background checks for employees of licensed addiction treatment centers. It was introduced...

CALmatters: With a whopping 2,628 bills pending, here’s the one most popular among California legislators

March 5, 2019
Nobody can say California lawmakers haven’t kept busy.

CBS Sacramento: Schools Could Be Required To Hold Lockdown Drills Twice a School Year

February 26, 2019
CBS-Sacramento: The bill’s author, Senator Patricia Bates, cited the need for schools to be prepared for worst-case scenarios, saying “SB 541 will save lives and prepare all students, faculty, and parents to know what to do during active threats.”

Modesto Bee: State Senate Republicans ask for review of 'sanctuary' laws in Newman cop killing

February 22, 2019
State Senate Republicans are asking the Attorney General’s Office to determine whether local and state law enforcement agencies were prevented by California’s so-called “sanctuary state” laws from communicating with federal immigration officials in regards to the fatal shooting of Newman Police...

Coast News Group: State bill sponsored by Encinitas starts to produce housing results

February 14, 2019
The first state bill sponsored by Encinitas in more than 20 years is starting to fulfill its original intent: to get unpermitted dwelling units out of the shadows and officially counted in the housing stock.