Price Tallies Legislative Successes

The 2011 Legislative Session was deemed a success by Senator Curren Price who shepherded 12 bills through the legislative process and then onto the Governor’s desk where they were signed into law earlier this month. Of the 15 bills sent to the Governor, only three were vetoed.

Collectively these bills expand opportunities for small businesses, protect consumers, ensure that our neediest students receive the resources necessary for success in the classroom, and promote the public safety.

Among the package of Legislative bills signed by the Governor, is SB 100, which provides for greater oversight and regulation of surgical clinics, and other types of clinics such as fertility and outpatient settings. This bill will ensure that quality of care standards are in place at these clinics and checked by the appropriate credentialing agency.

SB 100 was prompted by the death of singer, Kanye West’s mother, Donda West. In 2007, Donda West died less than 24 hours after undergoing severalsurgeries at an outpatient clinic (these are clinics accredited by a private accrediting agency approved by the Medical Board of California). West’s death revealed that there was little oversight of these outpatient clinics, including the clinic where she had her procedures performed.

Other Price-authored legislation signed by the governor include;

SB 294 – requires the California Public Employees’ Retirement System
(CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement   System (CalSTRS) to
develop a five-year strategic plan to expand participation of emerging investment
management firms in investing and managing state pension funds.
SB 220 – authorizes dependent children to be eligible for coverage under group
life insurance policies up to age 26 and maintains protections for older
dependents with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
SB 451 – requires the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to develop
and regularly update the areas of occupational or technical training for which
students may utilize Cal Grant C awards, and would require CSAC to give priority
in granting the awards to students pursuing occupations or technical training in
high growth, high wage or high demand jobs sectors.
SB 509 – allows school districts to purchase the most recently adopted materials
for the neediest schools without the financial burden of purchasing for the entire
SB 594– improves overall efficiency by consolidating certain disclosure and
policyholder notices into a single mailing, thereby reducing numerous customer
communications that often confuse customers.
SB 706 – reforms the Department of Real Estate’s Enforcement Program and the
Office of Real Estate Appraisers. This bill states that protection of the public shall
be the highest priority for the Department and the Office in exercising their
licensing, regulatory, and disciplinary functions.
SB 756 – provides local jurisdictions the ability to prosecute sex offenders who
fail to register as currently required by California law. This legislation also
requires sex offenders to provide proof of residence when requested by law
enforcement officers.
SB 107–extends the authority of the California Interscholastic Federation.
SB 539, SB 540 and SB 541 – Sunset Review of Boards and Programs under
the Department of Consumer Affairs

“As chairman of the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee, I am even more committed to working to create public policies that provide rigorous regulations and effective oversight of the numerous state boards to ensure the protection of the public,” said Senator Price.

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