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CalWatchdog: After rash of overdoses, Senate advances bill to punish Fentanyl traffickers

April 6, 2016
Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, said the bill would “cut the head off the drug cartels and stop it at it’s source.” Bates, a former Los Angeles County social worker and Sen. Bob Huff of San Dimas are both sponsoring the bill.

Reuters: Bill to toughen sentences for fentanyl dealers advances in California

April 5, 2016
"This bill is aimed at major narcotics traffickers," said Republican Senator Patricia Bates, who introduced the bill. "We’re going after cartel-type organizations that are in it for the money and don’t care how many lives it costs."

KFBK Sacramento: CA Senators Add Fentanyl to Bill that Punishes Drug Dealers

April 5, 2016
Republican state senators Patricia Bates and Bob Huff authored the bill, which passed out of the Senate's Public Safety Committee Tuesday in a unanimous vote.

Voice of San Diego: Sacramento Report

April 1, 2016
Senator Patricia Bates, whose district covers coastal North County and southern Orange County, made news of her own this week after a wave of overdoses of the powerful painkiller fentanyl killed seven and sickened more than two dozen in Sacramento.

OC Register: Minimum wage increase to $15 approved, now goes to governor's desk

April 1, 2016
“To stay in the black, businesses must pass these increases on to consumers,” Sen. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, told fellow senators. “Sustaining a 50 percent increase will cause them to downsize or close their business. Employees will lose jobs.”

Sacramento Bee: Fentanyl overdose cases rise to 29, including death of El Dorado Hills teen

March 31, 2016
On Tuesday, lawmakers and Southern California law enforcement officials will attend a state Senate public safety committee hearing on SB 1323, a bill to toughen penalties for drug traffickers who sell or transport fentanyl. It was prompted by “an epidemic of young people who overdosed and some died...

Times of San Diego: Legislature Approves $15 Minimum Wage as Workers Rally

March 31, 2016
“While it may help some in the short-term, raising the minimum wage by 50 percent will eventually force many small businesses to make some tough choices,” said state Sen. Patricia Bates, a Republican who represents North San Diego County.