California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Tuesday that he supports a proposal for California to adopt a single-payer health plan and believes it will eventually be enacted because consumers will become “fed up” with the current system that he said is unaffordable to many.
The state Senate approved a bill two weeks ago that would create a system where the state government would replace private insurance companies, paying doctors and hospitals for healthcare. The measure, pending in the Assembly, does not yet include a way to cover the $400-billion annual cost.
Becerra supported single-payer legislation when he was in the Assembly in the early 1990s and for the last 24 years in Congress, he said Tuesday during an event in Sacramento hosted by the nonprofit Public Policy Institute of California.
Congressman-elect Jimmy Gomez got the keys to his Capitol Hill office this week after winning the special election to replace Xavier Becerra in the 34th District, which covers central and northeast Los Angeles.
Gomez's swearing-in will occur in a small, as of yet unscheduled, House ceremony.
After questions from California members of Congress, the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center has halted planned tests on narcoleptic dogs.
In a May letter to the Veterans Affairs inspector general, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) and eight members of Los Angeles' congressional delegation demanded to know more about the experiment, including how much it could cost and what other experiments the Los Angeles VA was conducting on animals.
The proposed experiment would have involved giving 18 narcoleptic Dobermans antidepressants or methamphetamine, then killing the dogs and studying how the drugs affect the production of histamines — the body's response to allergens — in their brains. The animal rights group White Coat Waste Project, which obtained a 2016 research application for the experiment through a Freedom of Information Act request, brought the approved experiment to the attention of lawmakers.
Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers unveiled a final state budget deal on Tuesday, settling disputes over how to spend tobacco tax dollars and boosting the bottom line of California’s largest public employee pension fund.
The agreement announced by Brown and Democratic leaders of the state Senate and Assembly paves the way for both houses to ratify the spending plan on Thursday — the constitutional deadline for the Legislature to take action.
“This budget keeps California on a sound fiscal path and continues to support struggling families and make investments in our schools,” Brown said in a written statement.
Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators proposed Monday to allow medical and recreational marijuana to be sold out of the same locations. The pot industry had sought the change to cut costs and the number of operations.
The co-location rule was one of dozens of new regulations contained in budget bills released Monday. They are aimed at merging regulations of medical cannabis, which the Legislature approved in 2015, and recreational marijuana, approved by voters in November.
“Being able to co-locate is much more cost-efficient for operators,” said Nate Bradley, executive director of the California Cannabis Industry Assn.
State Senate Democrats introduced legislation Monday to change the rules governing recall elections to remove a lawmaker from office, potentially helping one of their own survive an effort now underway in Southern California.
The proposal, contained in one of the bills enacting a new state budget, comes after backers of an effort to remove state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton) from office have submitted more than 31,000 voter signatures to trigger a special election.
"Recalls are designed to be extraordinary events in response to extraordinary circumstances – and it's in the public’s overwhelming interest to ensure the security, integrity and legitimacy of the qualification process," said Jonathan Underland, a spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles).
In a letter to other members of Congress, Sherman (D-Porter Ranch) says there's enough evidence to move forward with his resolution to impeach Trump and "the national interest requires that we do so." Sherman also asked his colleagues for their "counsel, input and support."
That doesn't mean Sherman thinks it will happen any time soon.