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Big Court Victory Will Upend Secrecy in CA Legislature, Open Records to Public

A landmark court decision was announced last night that will upend secrecy in the state Legislature. In response to a lawsuit by Bay Area and Los Angeles News Groups, which had sought records from the Legislature surrounding indicted Senators Leland Yee and Ron Calderon, a judge has ruled that the legislature must turn over calendars, meeting schedules, expense and reimbursement records as public records.

Committee Passes Bill that Requires Physicians Check Prescription Drug Database Before Prescribing Powerful, Addictive Medications

A key California legislative committee passed a bill today that requires prescribers to check a state database before prescribing the most addictive medications – like OxyContin and other opioids – to help prevent prescription drug addiction and thousands of overdose deaths.

Lawmakers Can Protect Privacy And Collect Taxes

Proposals under consideration in San Francisco and in the California Senate aimed at regulating home sharing platforms like Airbnb should be amended to ensure privacy and allow occupancy taxes to be collected.

Anthem Overcharging Consumers Another $33 Million For Health Insurance

Anthem Blue Cross has, once again, failed to justify a rate increase on consumers, overcharging policyholders $33 million that California’s Insurance Commissioner should have the power to reject. 

Fallout After Attorney General Decision on Daughters of Charity Health System

After Attorney General Kamala Harris imposed conditions that a buyer, Prime Healthcare, declined to agree to on the sale of troubled Daughters of Charity Health System, supporters of her decision said other buyers would save all of the hospitals and services. But so far, no buyers have emerged, and the fallout has begun.
 

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