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State Budget Could Go Further to Invest in California’s Low-income Families
by Anulkah Thomas & Ine Collins, Policy Analysts
July 28th, 2015
The governor and legislature negotiated a $115.4 billion budget deal, which was signed June 24th, that makes important investments in programs that will improve the health and overall quality of life for some of California’s most vulnerable populations.
2015 Selected Transportation Legislative Updates
by By Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst
July 28th, 2015
Several Transportation related State Assembly Bills are up for review.
State Grocery Worker Bill moves forward with token Food Desert Provision
by By Robert Baird, Policy Analyst
July 28th, 2015
The California State Senate is considering legislation (AB359) that would apply job protections in the grocery industry on a statewide level, following the example of Los Angeles and other cities that have adopted local ordinances in recent years to preserve employee positions during supermarket mergers.
Los Angeles Listed in Top 10 Complete Streets Policies Nationwide
by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst
March 18th, 2015
Out of the 70 U.S. jurisdictions that adopted Complete Streets policies last year, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority,or “Metro”,) was ranked in the top ten by Smart Growth America, a national smart growth advocacy and policy organization.
Prime Pulls out of Purchase of Daughters of Charity Health System after Attorney General Conditionally Approves the Deal
by Ine Collins, Healthcare Systems Policy Analyst
March 18th, 2015
On February 20th, the Attorney General, Kamala Harris, announced her decision to conditionally approve the sale of Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS)—a non-profit chain of six struggling California hospitals—to Prime Healthcare Services, which came with several conditions. These conditions proved too onerous for Prime who announced on March 10th that they would no longer be pursuing the purchase of the health system.
The Safe Neighborhood Parks, Rivers, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2016 (SB-317)
by Heather Davis, Open Space Policy Analyst
March 18th, 2015
Last month California State Senator Kevin de León authored a new proposed parks measure that will likely go to vote on November 8, 2016.
CHC Joins Statewide Effort in Support of California Nutrition Incentives Act
by Robert Baird, Food Systems & Land Use Policy Analyst
March 17th, 2015
Legislators introduced a bill in the State Assembly on February 27 that promises to bring low-income families closer to small- and mid-size farmers.
Congressional Bills Take Varied Approaches to CHIP Funding Renewal
by Anulkah Thomas, Health Coverage Policy Analyst
March 16th, 2015
The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires September 2015 although the program is authorized to run through 2019. Given that California, like most states, must finalize its 2015-16 budget by the end of June, our state legislators currently have insufficient information to plan the coming fiscal year’s healthcare allocations.
Mandatory Bicycle Helmet Law Proposed
by Naomi Iwasaki, Mobility Policy Analyst
March 13th, 2015
In California, bicycle riders under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets. However a new bill (SB 192, Liu-D) has been proposed to the state legislature that would require helmets on all bicycle riders, including those riding as passengers or in a trailer pulled by a bicycle.
Federal Marketplace Subsidies at Stake in King v. Burwell
by Anulkah Thomas, Health Coverage Policy Analyst
March 12th, 2015
Oral arguments for the Supreme Court case of King v. Burwell commenced on March 4, 2015. The suit centers on a section of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) stipulating that people who purchase marketplace plans through exchanges “established by the state” are eligible for subsidies which reduce the cost of their insurance premiums and make them more affordable.
New Report Connects Heart Disease to Air Pollution
by Erin Steva, Brownfields Policy Analyst
March 11th, 2015
A recent study found a connection between heart disease deaths and long-term exposure to tiny particles found in vehicle exhaust and diesel fuel pollution.
California introduces Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Warning Label SB 203
by Hector Gutierrez, Food Systems & Urban Agriculture Policy Analyst
March 10th, 2015
California has introduced SB 203, which would establish the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act. The bill would require a safety warning on soft drinks, sports drinks and the like.
Improper Disposal of Oil and Gas Wastewater
by Erin Steva, Brownfields Policy Analyst
March 9th, 2015
An investigation prompted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has uncovered over 2,500 wells potentially improperly permitted to allow the injection of oil and gas wastewater into protected underground water sources in California.