July 4, 1990 |
A controversial measure to overturn a court decision that allowed mentally ill patients to refuse anti-psychotic drugs was stalled in the Assembly Health Committee. Lacking the votes to move his bill through committee, Sen. Robert Presley (D-Riverside) asked that action be delayed while he negotiates with the opposition. Last year's court decision requires psychiatrists to obtain the informed consent of even those patients hospitalized against their will before administering medication.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1997
As the authors of pending legislation to implement the Kennedy-Kassebaum insurance "portability" law, we take exception to your Oct. 12 article suggesting that Californians will not receive more than the minimum benefits because Democrats are trying to "load up" the issue, in the words of Gov. Pete Wilson's spokesperson. The issue is quite simple--increased availability of health coverage. The new federal law is supposed to make sure that people who lose their jobs can continue their health coverage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1997
Congratulations on "Needle Programs Are Needed" (editorial, July 8). As a member of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission of L.A. County I attended a symposium on needle exchange programs six years ago. A statement made by one of the presenters was mind-boggling: "Every time you hand out a needle you may be saving a life." It's true. Each day, babies are born infected with HIV because of contaminated needles. SB 885 will be heard in the Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday. Although Gov. Pete Wilson has vetoed the last three bills, perhaps the new evidence as endorsed by the American Medical Assn.
May 23, 1987 |
Legislative allies of the powerful liquor lobby, in a rarely used procedural move, sidetracked a bill Friday that would require health warning labels on all alcoholic beverage containers. The bill by Assemblyman Lloyd Connelly (D-Sacramento), which narrowly cleared the Assembly Health Committee earlier this week, would warn pregnant women about the dangers of alcohol-related birth defects.
September 20, 1987 |
Sen. Joseph B. Montoya (D-Whittier) and Assemblyman Curtis R. Tucker (D-Inglewood) seem to have called a truce in a two-year feud that has several times threatened to block legislation carried by the two Democrats. As the Legislature prepared to adjourn on Sept. 11, Montoya, who was on the Assembly floor shepherding a bill, playfully tugged Tucker's chin and said, "I still love you." "He was making a friendly gesture," Tucker said later. "I don't have a desire to carry on a feud with anyone."