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SPRING 2006 NEWSLETTER

STATE LEGISLATION

AB 654 - California Compassionate Choices Act. Patty Berg (D) - OPPOSE
Enacts the California Compassionate Choices Act. Authorizes an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who had been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, to make a request for medication for the purpose of ending his or her life in a humane and dignified manner. Provides immunity from civil or criminal liability or professional disciplinary action for participating in good faith compliance with the act.
This bill seems to just be languishing in committee with no one taking any apparent interest in moving it along. The concern is that the author may try to bring it up at any time without alerting anyone. This is not a usual procedure for the state legislature, but anything goes these days. Please continue to remind your legislators that they should vote "NO" if this bill comes before them.

AB 2721 - 0ffice of Intellectual Property.: Gene Mullin (D-S.F.) - OPPOSE
Includes results of embryonic stem cell research.
Establishes the Office of Intellectual Property in the Department of General Services to be responsible for tracking intellectual property generated by state employees and by state funded research, monitor how the intellectual property is used, review royalty revenue collection and management reports, develop a database to track intellectual property, establish and update guidelines, develop an outreach campaign informing state agencies of their rights and abilities.

AB 2141 - Family Planning: Parent-Child Communication Assistance, Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) OPPOSE. Possible "spot" bill. Language very general and ambiguous. No indication in the bill of how this would be carried out. Appears to be trying to make parents the mouth pieces for Planned Parenthood’s agenda. Could also be an attempted end run around a victory for the Parental Notification Initiative.

Establishes the Parent-Child Communication Assistance Program within the Office of Family Planning, with the goal of decreasing teenage pregnancies through programs that equip parents with the knowledge, understanding, and communication skills necessary to talk to their children about making responsible decisions regarding at-risk behavior.

STATUS: To ASSEMBLY Committee on HEALTH.

CA AB 2742 - Family Planning: Medi-Cal: Family Planning Program, Pedro Nava, (D-Sta Barbara OPPOSE

This appears to be part of a continuing attempt to assist Planned Parenthood by providing it with only one funding source to ease their bookkeeping a nd lump all programs into one big tax funded program making it harder to determine where the money went and who spent it on what.

Makes legislative findings and declarations regarding family planning services. Requires that family planning services and practice standards applicable to the Medi-Cal program be identical to those required pursuant to the Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (PACT) program. Requires the Office of Family Planning to establish standards and policies for clinical practice, quality assurance, and evaluation of the provision of family planning services.

STATUS: INTRODUCED. Not yet assigned to a committee

AB 2512 - Unborn Fetal Pain Awareness Act, 2006, Sharon Runner, (R-Lancaster) SUPPORT.
Provides some idea of humane treatment of preborn baby before third trimester abortion.

Condemned prisoners are protected from the pain of capitol punishment but babies are not.

Enacts the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act of 2006. Requires the physician performing an abortion to offer to the pregnant woman information and counseling on fetal pain. Requires a related brochure and a waiver form. Requires the Medical Board to adopt regulations for revocation or suspension of medical licenses for violation of these provisions. Authorizes civil actions for damages.

STATUS: INTRODUCED. Not yet assigned.

CA AB 1855, Elections: Voter Identification Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Niguel) SUPPORT
Requires a voter to present proof of his or her identity to a member of the precinct board before receiving a ballot, and specifies 4 forms of currently valid identification that may be used for this purpose. Permits a voter who is unable to present proof of identity to cast a provisional ballot.

STATUS: To ASSEMBLY Committee on ELECTIONS AND REDISTRICTING.
To be heard 3/14/06

CA SB 1162 -Minimum Wage Increase, Gil Cedillo (D

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Take away God, all respect for civil laws, all regard for even the most necessary institutions disappears; justice is scouted; the very liberty that belongs to the law of nature is trodden underfoot; and men go so far as to destroy the very structure of the family, which is the first and firmest foundation of the social structure.
- St. Pius X, Jucunda Sane, March 12, 1904