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Los Angeles Times: Measure to stiffen penalties for fentanyl trafficking is shelved

August 11, 2016
The bill by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Nigel) would have added a sentencing enhancement of up to 10 years for those convicted of trafficking the drug, putting it on par with punishments for certain crimes involving heroin and cocaine.

Associated Press: Parks Promised to Poor Neighborhoods Unbuilt Years Later

August 10, 2016
Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, replied Tuesday: “It’s really important to design a planning process that delivers a park on time.”

Orange County Register: La Pata extension ready to link up

July 8, 2016
“This is the most significant arterial that will be completed in Orange County for the next five to 10 years,” said Patricia Bates, then a county supervisor and now a state senator.

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.