Special Session Gives New Life to Tobacco Bills

The legislative move to shift six tobacco-related bills to the special session on health care was a remarkable event in the California Legislature, basically circumventing the Assembly Committee on Governmental Organization, which had put up strong resistance to two of the bills. “It’s not every year we have a special session on health, so we’re Read More »

CA Senate sends mandatory vaccines bill to governor

After months of packed committee hearings and lengthy floor debates, California’s controversial mandatory vaccinations proposal finally heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration. In a 24-14 concurrence vote, the state Senate on Monday accepted Assembly amendments to Senate Bill 277, which would eliminate California’s personal and religious belief exemptions for vaccinating schoolchildren, and sent the Read More »

California Senate Takes Action on Key Bills Today

California Senate approves health care for undocumented immigrants BY ALEXEI KOSEFF A proposal to expand health care to Californians in the country illegally cleared the Senate on Tuesday, passing on a 28-11 vote and heading to the Assembly. Senate Bill 4 would allow undocumented immigrants to purchase health insurance on the state exchange, pending a Read More »

The 2015-16 Legislative Session Kicks Off!

On Monday, January 5, 2015, California’s statewide elected officials returned to Sacramento.  Governor Jerry Brown was sworn into his historic fourth term as California’s Governor in front of the California Legislature, Constitutional and Judicial Officers. The Governor is now focused on presenting his budget proposal on January 9. Concurrently, the Legislature will focus their priorities Read More »

Health Committee Members Announced

Senate leadership yesterday announced the members of the Senate Committee on Health, along with releasing the makeup of its other committee memberships. As expected, Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) returns as chair of Senate Health. The vice chair this session is Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove), serving in the Senate for the first time. Seven other Read More »

2014 General Election: Results

On Tuesday, November 4, the citizens of this country were called upon to participate in democracy.  Although voter turnout was at a historic low of 29%, not counting absentee ballots, California voters still sent strong messages to the Legislature regarding proposed policy changes. In addition to voting for local, state and congressional representation, Californians also Read More »

The Governor Completes Final Actions

While the 2013-14 Legislative Session adjourned the morning of Saturday August 30, the Governor had until September 30 to take final action on legislation.  In total, the Governor received 1074 bills, of which he signed 930, vetoed 143 and only one bill became law without his signature. Here is a quick rundown on the Governor’s Read More »