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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.

Los Angeles Times: City and county managers' salary changes, fringe benefits must be announced before they're approved

August 22, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) introduced the bill as a follow-up to other reform measures taken after criminal charges were filed against council members and others for improperly enriching themselves with money in Bell.

Bay Area News Group: Sacramento's new 'slush funds': Ballot measure committees

August 20, 2016
A bill authored this year by state Sen. Pat Bates, a Republican from Laguna Niguel, would have barred candidates and elected officials from using money raised by candidate-controlled ballot measure committees to promote themselves, their candidacies or the campaigns of others.

Coast News Group: New state fentanyl legislation fails to pass

August 18, 2016
The Assembly Appropriations Committee blocked a bill (SB 1323) authored by State Sens. Patricia Bates (R – Laguna Niguel) and Bob Huff (R – San Dimas) to combat the opiate drug fentanyl.

Capital Public Radio: Bill To Allow County Jail Inmates To Vote Head To Brown's Desk

August 17, 2016
A superior court judge ruled felons in county supervision programs can vote, since they're not in prison or on parole. The bill also extends the right to inmates in county jail, who would vote in the district where they're incarcerated. Republican Senator Patricia Bates argued that could improperly...

San Clemente Times: Avenida La Pata Gap Connection Opens With Fanfare

August 14, 2016
State Sen. Patricia Bates spoke about her experiences in trying to get the road built.

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