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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.
Heavy.com: 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.
Wall Street Journal: California Gov. Jerry Brown Offers Revised $122 Billion Budget Plan
May 14, 2016
“The governor’s call for preparing for the ‘days of necessity’ in the face of falling tax revenues is undermined by the fact that he and legislative Democrats have made new major spending commitments,” said state Sen. Patricia Bates.
Efforts to regulate sober-living homes continue, state legislators say
May 14, 2016
Over 600 people packed the Laguna Hills Community Center to hear Assemblymen Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) and Bill Brough (R-Dana Point) and state Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) speak to the problems and potential solutions.
Orange County Register: Sober-living homes still a hot topic across county; hundreds attend town hall
May 13, 2016
The event, organized by State Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel; Assemblyman Bill Brough, R-Dana Point; and Assemblyman Matthew Harper, R-Huntington Beach, sought to provide information about current and proposed state rules, the specific cases in Costa Mesa, and Hurwitz’s suit.
CNN: Fentanyl: The new heroin, but deadlier
May 11, 2016
"It's so dangerous and so lethal, I had to get involved," California state Sen. Patricia Bates said. "Two minutes, and you could be in respiratory arrest and be dead. It's kind of like, get high and die."
Seaside Courier: Elected officials address concerns about nuclear waste at San Onofre
May 9, 2016
California elected officials are addressing concerns about nuclear waste stored at the north San Diego County San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which is being decommissioned.
KFBK: Bill To Protect First Responders Who Damage Drones Passes Senate
May 6, 2016
Firefighters and other first responders would be allowed to knock drones out of the sky if they interfere with the work they do in an emergency.
Seaside Courier: Genentech unveils large solar installation in Oceanside
April 30, 2016
Genentech’s Oceanside facility April 29 unveiled what the company billed as San Diego County’s largest non-utility solar installation.
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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
Senate Bill 75, introduced by state Sen. Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), would have reclassified more than 20 offenses as violent felonies,...
San Diego Union-Tribune: Prison reform: Time to redefine violent crimes, California
It’s time for a vigorous, public debate about which crimes should be designated violent by the state.
Voice of San Diego: San Diego’s Partisan Split on State Gas Tax Hike
“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.