2022 Legislation

Take Action on AB 2098

AB 2098 Physicians and surgeons: unprofessional conduct. (Low) This bill would designate the dissemination or promotion of misinformation or disinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or “COVID-19,” by a physician or surgeon as unprofessional conduct, allowing the Medical Board to take action against such physician or surgeon.

CURRENT STATUS: Passed in the Assembly. In the Senate. Passed the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development committee. In Senate Appropriations Committee. In the Suspense File. Set for hearing on August 11, 2022.

August 8, 2022 Update

AB 2098 has been placed in the Senate Appropriations Committee's Suspense File. Please take action to ask the committee to leave AB 2098 in Suspense.

Please email the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask that AB 2098 be left in the Suspense File.

Senate Appropriations Committee email address:sapr@sen.ca.gov

Subject: Leave AB 2098 in Suspense

Senate Appropriations Committee
California State Capitol, Room 412
Sacramento CA 95814
sapr@sen.ca.gov

Dear Senate Appropriations Committee Members:

I oppose AB 2098. My concerns with this bills have not been addressed and I ask that it be left in the Suspense File.

AB 2098 violates the sacred doctor/patient relationship. Doctors go through rigorous education and training and should be allowed to voice their medical and professional opinions freely. We already have a system in place for disciplining doctors that are causing harm.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Step 1. Set Up Meeting

Contact the district office and request meeting. If you do not know who your state representatives are, go to FindYourRep.Legislature.CA.Gov.

If asked what the meeting is about, feel free to state a general concern such as education, health, or the pandemic.

Do not be discouraged if you are offered a meeting with a staffer rather than your legislator, or if it is on zoom vs. in person. Staffers play an important role in the legislative process.

Step 2. Get to Know your Legislator

Read your representatives' bio on their website. What are their interests? What bills have they authored in the past? How have they voted on issues you care about?

Find a common interest in order to establish relatability.

Step 3. Prepare Documents to Take to Meeting
Create your own one page document with the top three concerns you have. Bullet points are helpful as legislators and staffers are dealing with hundreds of bills.



Step 4. Dress and Act Professionally
When meeting with legislators and staffers, the goal is to build positive relationships. This is easy to do if expressing views in polite and respectful ways.


Representatives and their staff are just ordinary people that are generally very personable and friendly.

For a more in depth training on the legislative process and meeting with legislators, watch this video.

TaKe Action 2:

Submit Your Opposition Letter to Policy Committees

Make sure that your position on this bill is heard and put on record by submitting you comments to the California Legislature Position Letter Portal.

(Watch Video Tutorial)

Comments will be shared with the appropriate policy committee members hearing the bill.

Sample Comment:

"I oppose AB 2098 which would designate the dissemination or promotion of misinformation or disinformation related to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, or “COVID-19,” by a physician or surgeon as unprofessional conduct. Doctors go through rigorous education and training and should be allowed to voice their medical and professional opinions freely. We already have a system in place for disciplining doctors that are causing harm."

You might add a personal experience or talking points outlined below.

Talking Points for AB 2098

Specific Ask: Oppose AB 2098 or abstain from voting on the bill.

Main Talking Points

  1. Doctors go through rigorous education and training and should be allowed to voice their medical and professional opinions freely.
  2. Science and medicine have historically been advanced through minority voices. The stifling of dissenting opinion will have long lasting effects on the advancement of health care.
  3. The unintended consequence might be that the healthcare provider shortage would be exacerbated by the proposed law.
  4. The understanding of the data and science related to COVID-19 continues to change as more studies are done. Standards of care are being updated as new information and treatments emerge. Any attempt at determining “contemporary scientific consensus” will be fleeting.

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