2015-2016 Legislation

SB 294 ensures that returning veterans know of their right to state pension credit for their periods of active military service.

SB 563 will increase transparency and accountability within the workers’ compensation review process by ensuring that there are no inappropriate incentives for doctors to modify, delay, or deny requests for medically necessary services.

SB 877 will require the State Department of Public Health to collect data on violent deaths so the state can better understand and prevent fatal violence in our communities. 

SB 947 removes barriers for needy families to participate in California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs) by allowing them to be interviewed on the phone or through electronic means in lieu of an in-person interview.

SB 977 protects California’s children from second-hand smoke by banning tobacco products within 250 feet of youth sporting events.

SB 1058 ensures that hospital police supervisors receive salary and benefits that are at least generally the economic equivalent to the salary and benefits granted to the employees they supervise—making it easier for state hospitals to recruit and retain qualified employees.

SB 1095 makes sure that all newborn babies are tested for rare diseases that would otherwise go undiagnosed and untreated by making sure that California follows the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel’s recommendations. This bill would save lives and allow for cost-effective medical treatment.

SB 1189 would require all autopsies to be conducted by a forensic pathologist. Additionally, if law enforcement personnel was directly involved with the care and custody of an individual who died in their care, then they will not be allowed inside the autopsy room during the performance of the autopsy.

SB 1238 would allow health care providers in state correctional facilities to publish and learn from medical data in order to provide higher quality health care for the more than 127,000 inmates they serve. 



SB 144: By bringing hundreds of millions of federal flood control dollars to our region, this bill will ensure the completion of projects along the American and Sacramento Rivers and projects to protect the Natomas floodplain that have been years in the making.

SB 145: Protects against inappropriate use of 911 emergency services by prohibiting hospitals from using such services to transport a patient with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher, out of their care.

SB 277: By abolishing the personal belief exemption that allows parents to opt their child out of required immunizations for various diseases, SB 277 will ensure that all children can safely attend school. 

SB 312: Makes the process for applying for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program (CalWORKs) more efficient and cost effective by allowing the required personal interview of the applicant to take place over the telephone or through electronic means.  

SB 373: Would boost the number of full-time faculty at California Community Colleges by requiring them to maintain a full-time faculty percentage of 75 percent or higher. 

SB 424:  By giving college and university police departments the authority to use recording devices like “Body Cameras” or “pre-text phone calls,” SB 424 will give our officers a powerful tool as they protect colleges and the surrounding communities. These devices, which virtually all other police entities in the state have the authority to wear, will help campus police during their investigations into serious crimes such as sexual assault, robbery, burglary, arson, theft and murder. 

SB 435: This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish the “patient centered medical home” health care delivery model.

SB 453: This bill strengthens rehabilitation efforts in our correctional system by giving state hospitals flexibility to offer needed therapies in a manor best suited for patients. 

SB 480: Businesses that rent out heavy equipment, such as bobcats and bulldozers, are faced with arbitrary and inconsistent taxing policies that vary between the 58 counties.  This bill will streamline taxing policies and bring consistency for such businesses that operate in more than one city and county. 

SB 528: Protects local businesses against unfair state leasing agreements by establishing a minimum standard time frame for such state building leases. 

SB 530: This bill will create standards for inspection and safety measures for pedal-powered quadricycle operations, or “beer bikes” and prohibit the consumption of an alcoholic beverage on the bike unless the local jurisdiction authorizes consumption giving power to local government.

SB 533: This bill requires businesses to pay their sales tax revenue to the city or county they operate in and not get a discount by paying those taxes to an unrelated city or county that may offer them a “rebate”.

SB 534: This bill is modeled after legislation Dr. Pan authored that brought cash-strapped fire departments in California more than $90 million in new federal.  This bill will bring millions more in federal dollars to offset the cost to cash-strapped communities to provide emergency medical transportation services.

SB 535: This bill is meant to encourage economic development in the downtown area of the City of Sacramento through a partnership between the City of Sacramento, and the federal government.

SB 563: Will require more transparency in the process of reviewing, approving and denying medical care to injured workers.

SB 572: Requires that before a school district closes a school, that the governing board of a school board appoints a school district advisory committee to advise the board on policies and procedures governing such a closure.   

SB 573: This bill will provide unprecedented access to information by requiring California to adopt an open-data policy and creates a Chief Data Officer for the State of California. 

SB 574: Would put an end to the University of California’s practice of keeping the public in the dark on two of their largest venture capital investments: Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (Kleiner Perkins) and Sequoia Capital (Sequoia). The measure would require that the University of California obtain performance information for their investments in Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia, just as they do with their other investments.   

SB 591: By increasing the cigarette tax by $2 per pack, this bill would help save lives by reducing smoking rates among California’s youth as well as generate $1.5 billion in new revenue per year that will go toward expanding medical and treatment services.

SB 600: Currently the Unruh Civil Rights Act prohibits businesses from discriminating based on race and other protected categories. This bill would provide these much-needed protections immigrants by adding immigration status, citizenship, and language.

SB 610: Community healthcare clinics are an essential part of our healthcare system, providing quality, cost-effective care to millions of people with coverage through Medi-Cal as well as our most vulnerable populations such as seniors on a fixed-income. Many of these clinics are struggling to stay open because the state does not process claims for federal Medi-Cal reimbursements in a timely manor. This bill will require the state to live up to its bargain by maintain a processing schedule that the clinics can count on. 

SB 669: This bill would protect limited state funds by limiting the ability the California State University (CSU) System to hire private contractors for services that could otherwise be performed by CSU employees. 

SB 686: This bill would allow sworn peace officers employed by the University of California system to exercise their right to join a union and other important due process rights enjoyed by other UC staff members.

SB 732: This bill maintains California’s environmentally critical high-recycled content standard for glass bottles and other containers by prohibiting any discounts on fees for any beverage manufacturer that does not meet or exceed strict standards.

SCR 4: Declares a week in January as Physician Anesthesiologists Week and emphasizes the importance that anesthesiologists play in the millions of operations and medical procedures each year. 

SCR 18: Recognizes the excellent public service that the Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force performs in combating the underground economy in California.

SJR 7: Urges the President and Congress to lift the freeze on funding for physician residency programs.  


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