In The News Archive

Orange County Register: Road funding hits Sacramento traffic jam

November 11, 2016
Patricia Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel who sits on the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, says this tax “is the biggest ongoing funding source for the high-speed rail boondoggle, a project that will cost at least $64 billion and will burden future generations of taxpayers.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Officials hold town hall to address sober-living homes

October 5, 2016
State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and other elected officials held the forum to gather input on new legislation that could give cities some regulatory power over the homes, which are now unregulated if they have six or fewer residents.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Officials to hold town hall on sober living homes

September 30, 2016
The meeting is part of an effort led by state Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel to gather input and provide information about facilities, which often operate in single-family homes in residential neighborhoods.

Laguna Niguel Patch: Laguna Niguel Sen. Bill Signed into New Veteran's Law

September 30, 2016
Orange County legislator Sen. Patricia Bates saw her bill expanding property tax exemption for disabled veterans signed into law today.

Associated Press: Gov. Brown Signs Bill Allowing Felons To Vote In Jail

September 28, 2016
Republican lawmakers say felons should not be allowed to cast ballots while serving a sentence, with Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel saying it compromises the integrity of elections.

Los Angeles Times: Felons in county jails to be allowed to vote in California elections

September 28, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) criticized the approval of the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1. Bates said the new law will undermine the integrity of elections by allowing people in jail to decide close contest.

Orange County Register: Hundreds attend San Clemente meeting on options to regulate sober living homes

September 2, 2016
Thursday’s panel included State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel; Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point; San Clemente Councilman Tim Brown; legal representatives and sober living home operators from Santa Ana and San Diego County.

Los Angeles Times: Cal State students could get help graduating on time under bill sent to governor

August 31, 2016
State Sens. Robert Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) both praised the legislation, but questioned whether it should be made available to more students

KFBK Sacramento: Bill Protecting Firefighters from Drone Civil Suits Waiting Governor's Signature

August 31, 2016
One of the bill's authors is state Senator Patricia Bates. "This bipartisan bill strikes the appropriate balance between public safety and property rights and I hope the governor will change his mind and sign it this year," says Bates.

San Diego Union-Tribune: The problem with California ballot measure committees

August 24, 2016
Back in May, Senate Democrats killed a bill that would limit the use of these committees the same day they took a step to overturn the Citizens United decision. That’s rich.