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Los Angeles Times: At least one of several state bills to expand the list of 'violent felonies' in California is likely to die

April 19, 2017
Senate Bill 75, introduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would have reclassified more than 20 offenses as violent felonies, including certain forms of rape and crimes such as inflicting injury on a child and assaulting an officer with a deadly weapon.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Prison reform: Time to redefine violent crimes, California

April 17, 2017
It’s time for a vigorous, public debate about which crimes should be designated violent by the state.

ABC San Diego: California Senate approves gas tax bill

April 7, 2017
“Californians with low to moderate incomes are the big losers of this deal as it raises the gas tax by 70 percent and increases the average cost of registering a car by 25 percent," Senator Patricia Bates said in a release after the vote.

Voice of San Diego: San Diego’s Partisan Split on State Gas Tax Hike

April 7, 2017
“That is a bad deal for drivers in urban areas such as San Diego who have to travel long distances to get to work,” Bates said.

Orange County Register: Orange County sheriff: California bill could cost department $26 million contract

April 5, 2017
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has warned that her department could lose its $26 million federal contract to house immigrant detainees under a state bill aimed at restricting local police from aiding federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws.

San Jose Mercury News: California transportation bill -- and proposed gas-tax hike -- advances to Senate floor

April 4, 2017
Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Roseville, and Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel — who was recently elected Senate Republican Leader — said Monday they would vote against the tax hike.

KQED: California Senate OKs 'Sanctuary' State Bill; Critics Fear Losing Federal Money

April 4, 2017
An additional amendment would allow people who have previously been deported for violent felonies to be turned over to immigration officials. But Republican Sen. Pat Bates said that amendment doesn’t go far enough. “I remain concerned about the criminals charged with crimes such as stalking, human...

The Daily Caller: California Moves One Step Closer To Becoming 'Sanctuary State'

April 4, 2017
Critics of the bill say it will ultimately allow criminal aliens to be set free and could cause the state to lose criminal justice grant money from the federal government.

Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers advance proposal to increase gas taxes and vehicle fees to fund California road repairs

April 3, 2017
Republican Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel complained the proposal ignores Republican ideas for using existing funds to fix roads.

KPCC: California bill aims to improve mental health care at VA facilities

March 31, 2017
The legislation is part of a broader package of veteran-related bills. For example, SB 410, sponsored by Nguyen, seeks to improve access to state jobs for newly discharged vets. SB 197, sponsored by Sens. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), encourages construction of...

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