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Orange County Register: Marian Bergeson, pioneering politician, dies at 90

July 7, 2016
Republican state Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel, who has known Bergeson since the mid-1980s, called her “an inspiration because she came from grass roots, which is where a lot of the women politicians from Orange County come from.”

San Diego Union-Tribune: Former California lawmaker Marian Bergeson dies

July 7, 2016
In a statement, Republican Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel called Bergeson instrumental in helping her and other Orange County women run for public office.

San Diego Union-Tribune: North County Lifeline named Nonprofit of the Year

July 6, 2016
North County Lifeline was named 2016 Nonprofit of the Year by Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, for Senate District 36, which covers the southern coastal area of Orange County from Laguna Niguel to Northern San Diego County, including Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas.

Ukiah Daily Journal: New state laws signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

July 5, 2016
(SB 1315 by Sen. Bates) Ensures that a county board of supervisors follows specific procedures for the adoption of a budget, including, conducting a hearing on the recommended budget on or before June 20 each year, and adopting the budget on or before June 30 of each year.

Oside News: North County Lifeline Honored as Nonprofit of the Year

June 23, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) honored, on Wednesday, North County Lifeline – which has offices in Oceanside and Vista – as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 36th Senate District. This recognition is part of a larger celebration of “California Nonprofits Day” at the State Capitol

Aliso Laguna News: Betty Pequet Named 2015 Citizen of the Year

June 20, 2016
Senator Pat Bates presented Betty with a joint Resolution on behalf of the State Senate and Assembly.

Voice of San Diego: San Diego's Reps React to California's New State Budget

June 17, 2016
Sen. Pat Bates criticized the budget for maintaining the state’s cap on how much school districts can save in their own rainy-day funds, and for spending increases on child care and high-speed rail.

Sacramento Bee: Fighting opiate abuse: Lawmakers, families demand action

June 15, 2016
Senate Bill 1323, by state Sens. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, and Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, would stiffen state prison terms for those caught illegally selling or distributing fentanyl. Fentanyl: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

June 2, 2016
A medical examiner who performed Prince’s toxicology report has confirmed that the 57-year-old musical legend died from an accidental Fentanyl overdose.

San Clemente Times: Sober Day in Court: San Clemente is Site of Dueling Lawsuits that Could Determine Sober Living Home Regulations

May 19, 2016
Bates, Brough and Harper were joined by city officials from throughout South Orange County and about 600 residents at a town hall meeting on sober living facilities in Laguna Hills on May 12.