legislation http://kvpr.org en Contentious Health Bills Await California Lawmakers Upon Return http://kvpr.org/post/contentious-health-bills-await-california-lawmakers-upon-return <div><p>California lawmakers have left Sacramento for the month of July. As Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone in Sacramento tells us, when they return, they’ll consider health care measures supported by consumer advocates and opposed by insurance companies.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:01:08 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 36245 at http://kvpr.org Contentious Health Bills Await California Lawmakers Upon Return Pharmacy Bill Moves Forward In Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/pharmacy-bill-moves-forward-legislature <p>A new bill that would allow Californians to opt-out of mail order pharmaceutical programs advanced Friday in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 2418 would also allow patients and pharmacists to synchronize the pickup of multiple medications.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill is a response to cost-savings efforts by many health insurance providers that have limited options for how patients receive their&nbsp;prescription drugs.</p><p>Jon Roth is the CEO of the California Pharmacists Association:</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 01:30:02 +0000 Joe Moore 33189 at http://kvpr.org Pharmacy Bill Moves Forward In Legislature Senate Waits On Health Care Bill For Undocumented Immigrants http://kvpr.org/post/senate-waits-health-care-bill-undocumented-immigrants <div><p></p><p>A bill that would allow&nbsp;undocumented immigrants to enroll in Medi-Cal is on hold for now.</p><p>Senate Bill 1005, known as the Health for All Act, was put on hold in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Friday giving advocates time come up with funding solutions.</p><p>State Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced the bill in February.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 20:36:49 +0000 Diana Aguilera 33174 at http://kvpr.org Senate Waits On Health Care Bill For Undocumented Immigrants New Bill Would Allow Undocumented Immigrants Medical, Professional Licenses http://kvpr.org/post/new-bill-would-allow-undocumented-immigrants-medical-professional-licenses <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With immigration reform efforts seemingly stalled in Washington D.C., the California legislature is continuing to take its own steps to address the undocumented immigrants who call the state home. </span>FM89’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Diana Aguilera reports on one new bill that would help a variety of undocumented professionals.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:23:19 +0000 Diana Aguilera 32808 at http://kvpr.org New Bill Would Allow Undocumented Immigrants Medical, Professional Licenses New Hit-And-Run Law Proposed To Keep Bike Riders Safer http://kvpr.org/post/new-hit-and-run-law-proposed-keep-bike-riders-safer <p>As the number of bike riders continues to grow in California, so do concerns about bicyclists’ safety. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on the latest effort to get drivers to share the road.</p><p>As Damian Kevitt stood at the starting line of the charity bike ride he organized he had one overwhelming emotion…</p><p><em>Kevitt: “Elation is a nice word for it. I was so happy.”</em></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 17:15:24 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 32098 at http://kvpr.org New Hit-And-Run Law Proposed To Keep Bike Riders Safer Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill http://kvpr.org/post/senate-committee-moves-ahead-fracking-moratorium-bill <div><p>A California senate committee has moved a bill forward that would place a moratorium on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the move comes less than a year after the passage of legislation that regulates the oil-extraction process.</p></div><p>Senate Bill 4 put several fracking regulations in place for the oil industry. SB4 also requires a study analyzing the health and safety risks of fracking. At the committee hearing, oil industry representatives called the regulations some of the strictest in the nation.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:51:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30909 at http://kvpr.org Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-consider-medical-interpreters-program-second-time <div><p>For the second time in a year, California lawmakers will consider a bill that would create a medical interpreters program. As Capital Public Radio’s Health Care Reporter Pauline Bartolone reports, the bill’s backers say circumstances are different this time. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></div><p>This year’s bill is essentially the same as last year’s. The state would pay interpreters to help Medi-Cal patients who have limited English skills to understand their health care.</p><p>Will Shuck with the California Assembly Speaker’s office says what’s different this year is the timing.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:43:08 +0000 Pauline Bartolone - Capital Public Radio 30908 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Consider Medical Interpreters Program For Second Time California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-mandate-paid-rest-breaks-farm-workers <p>Paid rest breaks would become mandatory for farm workers and other outdoor workers under a bill now in the California legislature. The measure is an attempt to prevent heat related illnesses. From Sacramento, Max Pringle reports.</p><p>People who work outdoors are susceptible to dizziness, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which can be fatal. Nicole Marquez with the advocacy group Worksafe says farm workers are commonly paid based on how much they pick.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:14:17 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 30491 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Mandate Paid Rest Breaks for Farm Workers Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature http://kvpr.org/post/bill-increase-californias-minimum-wage-passes-legislature <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A bill that would gradually increase the California minimum wage to $10-an-hour has passed the State legislature and is on its way to the governor. It would be the first increase in the minimum wage in six years.</p><p class="p1">Democratic Senator Bill Monning says if you’re a Californian subsisting on the current state minimum wage, you’re living a second class existence.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:34:32 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 21544 at http://kvpr.org Bill to Increase California's Minimum Wage Passes Legislature California Lawmakers Adjourn for Year After Busy Final Day http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-adjourn-year-after-busy-final-day <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">California lawmakers are done for the year.&nbsp; They adjourned just past midnight Friday after a busy and at times chaotic final day – and night – of action.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento.</span></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:21:07 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 21541 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Adjourn for Year After Busy Final Day Electric Bill Increase or Fairer California Power Rates? http://kvpr.org/post/electric-bill-increase-or-fairer-california-power-rates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legislation that could add a flat fee of up to 10 dollars a month on some California electric bills is up for a key committee vote Friday.&nbsp; As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, the measure has support from utilities and consumer groups – but it’s sparking pushback from environmental advocates.</span></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:38:47 +0000 Ben Adler - Capital Public Radio 20812 at http://kvpr.org Electric Bill Increase or Fairer California Power Rates? California Bill Would Extend Deadline on Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits http://kvpr.org/post/california-bill-would-extend-deadline-child-sex-abuse-lawsuits <p class="p1">A bill that would extend California’s statute of limitations on civil suits for victims of childhood sexual abuse has stalled in an Assembly Committee.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Democratic Senator Jim Beall says his bill would bring a measure of justice to people who may just now be coming to terms with childhood trauma.</p><p class="p3">“When they discover later in life, through therapy or whatever, that they were attacked by somebody, it allows them to go to civil court," says Beall.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:39:33 +0000 Max Pringle 20053 at http://kvpr.org California Bill Would Extend Deadline on Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits Hollywood Actresses Ask Legislature for Paparazzi Control Bill http://kvpr.org/post/hollywood-actresses-ask-legislature-paparazzi-control-bill <p>A California bill that would stiffen penalties for the harassment of children of public figures&nbsp;has passed a key Assembly committee vote. &nbsp;And as Max Pringle reports from Sacramento, it’s picking up some celebrity endorsements.</p><p>Actresses Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry testified at the Capitol in support of&nbsp;the measure. Garner says the bill would&nbsp;stamp out&nbsp;a lot of the over-the-top behavior of the paparazzi.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:14:46 +0000 Max Pringle 20027 at http://kvpr.org Hollywood Actresses Ask Legislature for Paparazzi Control Bill In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session http://kvpr.org/post/sacramento-lawmakers-start-sprint-end-session <p>After spending a month working around their home districts, California Assembly members are back at the Capitol to finish up final the six weeks of the legislative session. As Katie Orr reports from Sacramento, there’s no shortage of things to get done.</p><p>Members of the California Assembly buzz around the chamber like kids just back to school after a long summer break. Colleagues greet each other and catch up, having spent a month away from Sacramento on summer recess. And like a stern teacher, Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos had to ask everyone to settle down.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 01:35:00 +0000 Katie Orr 19525 at http://kvpr.org In Sacramento, Lawmakers Start Sprint To End of Session California Lawmakers Rush to Meet Legislative Deadline http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-rush-meet-legislative-deadline <p>In the California legislature this is the last week for bills to either pass or fail in their House of Origin. With hundreds of bills to consider, it’s going to be a busy week for lawmakers. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.&nbsp;</p><p>In lay terms, the “House of Origin” deadline means bills need to pass out of the house where they were originally introduced, either the Assembly or the Senate, by this Friday. Bills still in consideration include measures relating to guns, medical marijuana, minimum wage and many more.</p> Tue, 28 May 2013 16:51:39 +0000 Katie Orr 15829 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmakers Rush to Meet Legislative Deadline Pay Day Lending Battle Continues In California http://kvpr.org/post/pay-day-lending-battle-continues-california <p></p><p class="p1">A bill being heard in the California Senate Banking Committee Wednesday would limit the number of payday loans consumers could take out and give them longer to pay the loans back. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 01:07:23 +0000 Katie Orr 13724 at http://kvpr.org Pay Day Lending Battle Continues In California Legislation Would Increase Fines For Big Air Polluters http://kvpr.org/post/legislation-would-increase-fines-big-air-polluters <p></p><div><p>More than 15,000 people sought medical help from air pollution after the Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond last year.</p><p>As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, several lawmakers say polluters should pay more for air quality violations.</p></div><p>Under current law, the maximum penalty for air quality violations is only $25,000 even when negligence can be demonstrated.</p><p>Democratic Senator Loni Hancock says in cases like the Chevron oil refinery fire, it should be more. She represents the Bay area where she says the average fine for a violation is just $500.</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 20:03:48 +0000 Amy Quinton 12381 at http://kvpr.org Legislation Would Increase Fines For Big Air Polluters California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians http://kvpr.org/post/california-lawmaker-seeks-expand-roles-non-physicians <p></p><div><p>A California lawmaker proposes to allow some healthcare workers to expand their range of services in order to meet the new demand for health care under the Affordable Care Act. Pauline Bartolone has more from Sacramento.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:54:50 +0000 Pauline Bartolone 12158 at http://kvpr.org California Lawmaker Seeks to Expand the Roles of Non-Physicians Legislators and Businesses Call for "Green Chemistry" Law Delay http://kvpr.org/post/legislators-and-businesses-call-green-chemistry-law-delay <p>Some legislators and industries are asking for a delay in implementing California’s law that regulates toxic chemicals in consumer goods.</p><p>The state’s “Green Chemistry” law requires businesses to identify and find alternatives to some chemicals that could be harmful.</p><p>More than a dozen Democratic lawmakers have joined the call for a thorough analysis of the economic impact of the regulations.</p><p>Ann Grimaldi represents the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. She says the regulations could generate unpredictable costs.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 02:07:30 +0000 Amy Quinton 5210 at http://kvpr.org Governor Might Have Had Prop 30 In Mind When Vetoing Bills http://kvpr.org/post/governor-might-have-had-prop-30-mind-when-vetoing-bills <p>California Governor Jerry Brown acted on almost 1000 bills this legislative session. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, political analysts say the Governor likely had his tax initiative in mind when deciding what to sign into law.&nbsp;</p><p>Governor Brown vetoed about 12-percent of the bills that landed on his desk. Kevin Riggs, a former TV reporter who covered the Capitol for years, says Brown was trying to show voters that government can be responsible by vetoing legislation that might have harmed the economy, to give his November tax measure a boost.</p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 03:52:07 +0000 Amy Quinton 4833 at http://kvpr.org Governor Might Have Had Prop 30 In Mind When Vetoing Bills