chca Sponsors 2023 bill

SB 625 Newborn screening: genetic diseases: blood samples collected. (Nguyen)

This bill would require the department of health to provide information about the testing program, and to obtain written consent from the parent or guardian acknowledging receiving information regarding the storage, retention, and use of the newborn child’s blood sample for medical research. The bill would prohibit any residual newborn screening specimen from being released to any person or entity for law enforcement purposes. The bill would authorize a parent or guardian of a minor child to consent to the storage of the residual blood sample and the use of the sample for research purposes prior to or at the time the sample is taken.


SB 625
Newborn Screening

2023 Bills CHCA Supports

AB 47 Pelvic floor physical therapy coverage (boerner-horvath)

Status: may move forward in 2024

This bill would require a health care service plan contract or health insurance policy issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2024, to provide coverage for pelvic floor physical therapy after pregnancy. Because a willful violation of the bill’s requirements relative to health care service plans would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

AB 249 water: schoolsites: lead testing: conservation (Holden)

Status: Vetoed by governor

This bill would require water utilities to test water faucets and fixtures in TK-12 schools for lead concentrations greater than five parts per a billion (5 ppb) over the next five years. Faucets and fixtures found to exceed the 5ppb standard must be made inoperable until the lead is mitigated or fixture replaced.

AB 99 State Highways: vegetation management: herbicides and pesticides (connelly)

Status: Died in senate appropriations

This bill would require the department to develop and adopt a statewide policy to discontinue roadside spraying of herbicides and synthetic pesticides in each county where the county board of supervisors has adopted a resolution that opposes the spraying of herbicides and synthetic pesticides in the county, except where no alternative vegetation management practice is feasible or during a state of emergency relating to wildfire if the spraying is solely for purposes of preventing, combating, or mitigating the risk of wildfire. The bill would require the department, in developing that policy, to consider implementing alternative vegetation management practices, as specified.

AB 48 Nursing facility resident informed consent protection act of 2023 (Aguiar-Curry)

Status: Signed into law

This bill would add the right of every resident to receive the information that is material to an individual’s informed consent decision concerning whether to accept or refuse the administration of psychotherapeutic drugs. This bill would also add the right to be free from psychotherapeutic drugs used for the purpose of resident discipline, convenience, or chemical restraint, except in an emergency that threatens to cause immediate injury to the resident or others. This bill would make the prescriber responsible for disclosing the material information relating to psychotherapeutic drugs to the resident and obtaining their written informed consent.


Status: Signed into law

This bill would expand transparency between nonpublic schools and parents and/or guardians of the pupils with exceptional needs in nonpublic schools by requiring Local Educational Agencies to alert parents and/or guardians via email or mail when a nonpublic school status changes to conditional or suspended/revoked due to a California Department of Education investigation. There have been incidents of restraint and seclusion of students with exceptional needs which have resulted in a nonpublic school having their status changed by the California Department of Education, but parents or guardians are currently not alerted of such changes.

SB 445 Special education: individualized education programs: translation services (portantino)

Status: may move forward in 2024

This bill would require a local educational agency to ensure that the parent understands the proceedings during the planning process for the individualized education program, including communicating in the parent’s native language, or in another mode of communication used by the parent, arranging for an interpreter, providing translation services, and providing alternative communication services. The bill would require a local educational agency, upon request by a pupil’s parent, to translate the pupil’s completed individualized education program, any revisions to the individualized education program, and certain documents discussed at an individualized education program team meeting.

AB 418 Food product safety (Gabriel)

Status:  signed into law

This bill would prohibit a person or entity from manufacturing, selling, delivering, distributing, holding, or offering for sale, in commerce a food product that contains: brominated vegetable oil,potassium bromate,propylparaben, red dye 3, titanium dioxide.

AB-496 Cosmetic safety (Friedman)

Status: signed into law

This bill would expand the list of banned ingredients that are intentionally added to cosmetic products and are prohibited from being manufactured, sold, delivered, held, or offered for sale in commerce.
AB-907 Coverage for PANDAS and PANS (Lowenthal)

Status: vetoed by governor

This bill would require health insurance policies to provide coverage for treatment of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) prescribed or ordered by a provider.
SB-302 Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law (Stern)

Status: signed into law

Existing law, the Compassionate Access to Medical Cannabis Act or Ryan’s Law, requires specified types of health care facilities to allow a terminally ill patient’s use of medicinal cannabis within the health care facility, subject to certain restrictions. This bill would expand those provisions to a patient who is over 65 years of age with a chronic disease, as defined.

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