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Now the Senate decides




Marie Waldron

Marie Waldron

This year, 12 of my bills made it through the Assembly. Their fate will now be decided in the Senate, which has until the end of August for up or down votes. At this point, having received bi-partisan support for most of my legislative package in the Assembly, I am optimistic about the prognosis.

My legislation this year includes a bill to streamline construction of reclaimed water pipelines to increase available supplies of irrigation water, which will also free up more potable water for do­mestic use. Legislation extending the sunset date for Laura’s Law, allowing participating counties to continue pro­viding assisted outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill, has also been forwarded to the Senate. Other health/ public safety legislation would assist elderly and dependent adult victims of financial crimes seeking mental health or financial counseling, along with a bill encouraging employment of per­sons previously incarcerated after com­pletion of alcohol or substance abuse treatment programs.

Other health-related bills include legislation allowing Medi-Cal patients to have access to immediate blood al­lergy tests by their primary care phy­sician without requiring referral to a specialist, a bill that would expedite the appeals process for antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS patients, and leg­islation governing health coverage for abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drugs. Another bill will bring California law into accord with common practice to prevent seizure of shelter animals for medical or biological research.

These bills, along with others I have authored or co-authored, will be de­bated by the Senate over the summer. Once approved, the legislation will be forwarded to Governor Brown for his signature (or veto), probably sometime in September.

It is an honor to represent the people of the 75th Assembly District. I look forward to continuing to serve as your voice in Sacramento.


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