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Pacific Research Institute: Herding Cats and Moving the Ball Forward

April 10, 2018
Tim Anaya interviews Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Los Angeles Times: State audit finds accounting problems in wastewater authority serving Laguna Beach

March 29, 2018
The estimated $260,000 audit — released March 22 and done at the request of state Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) — also notes that SOCWA's financial reporting issues stretch back some 15 years and have included a failure to understand the value of assets...

Orange County Register: State audit exposes south Orange County sewage agency's sloppy accounting

March 23, 2018
“This state audit validates how SOCWA has been mismanaged over several years,” reads a joint statement from state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point, who initiated the audit. “Moving forward, we will continue to fastidiously monitor SOCWA’s progress and...

Dana Point Times: Senator Patricia Bates Names Donna Kalez 'Woman of the Year'

March 15, 2018
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has honored Donna Kalez, the managing partner of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, as the 36th Senate District’s Woman of the Year during a Senate session in Sacramento.

CNBC: California's $77 billion 'bullet train to nowhere' faces a murky future as political opposition ramps up

March 12, 2018
“It's crazy time with this thing," said Pat Bates, the Republican leader in the state Senate. "Every time we get a new report it's more money and more time. It's a boondoggle. At some point you have to pull the plug."

OC Register: Rehab Riviera: Addiction advertising can trick you to death

March 2, 2018
Sen. Pat Bates and Rep. Sharon Quirk-Silva and others have introduced bills aiming at cleaning up the industry.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Bill calls for increased education about opioid addiction and overdose

February 14, 2018
A bill introduced in the state Senate would require warning labels on opioid prescription bottles and require doctors and sports programs to provide more information to youths and their parents about the risk of addiction and overdose.

Riverside Press-Enterprise: Melendez bill to protect Legislature workers who report sexual harassment moves forward

February 3, 2018
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, who presented the bill in the Senate, praised Melendez’s efforts in a news release.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report

February 2, 2018
California Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates, who represents portions of Orange and San Diego counties, voted in favor of the bill first introduced by Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez of Lake Elsinore.

Orange County Register: Lawmakers resolve to control rogue rehabs this year

February 1, 2018
California’s troubled addiction treatment industry may face stricter oversight and a raft of new requirements in 2018, as lawmakers try to protect vulnerable patients and reduce blatant fraud.