“Democrats would do well to listen to Sen. Pat Bates, R-Laguna Niguel. Bates sees a need – as does The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board – to spend some money on housing that caters to formerly homeless people who seek drug- and alcohol-free housing.”
Addressing homelessness is one of Bates’ legislative priorities, a desire rooted in her prior work as a Los Angeles County social worker operating in some of the county’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. The editorial highlighted her bill as part of a broader discussion of a $2 billion plan to fight homelessness that Bates’ Senate colleagues introduced on Monday. She is encouraged by the basic outline of the plan and looks forward to considering it as further details are fleshed out in the months ahead.
The Senate Committee on Human Services will consider SB 659 in the near future. Date and time have yet to be officially determined.