Legislative and Public Policy Clinic 2016 Bills Off to Good Start
April 6, 2016
Students Narek Avetisyan, Tanner Puryear, Brandon Bjerke, Anam Hasan, Riha Pathak,
Sean Creadick, Kayla Thayer, Tessa Nevarez, Navnit Bhandal, Lauren Ngo, Emily Reynolds,
and Professor Rex Frazier, '00. (Missing: Brittney Barsotti). Photo taken in the Grand
Salon on campus, where the official portrait of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony
Kennedy now hangs.
The Legislative & Public Policy Clinic, supervised by Professor Rex Frazier, '00, has a new slate of bills for 2016. Action
on these bills began with a good start on March 29 when AB 2505 passed out of the
Assembly Public Safety Committee unanimously, and SB 1339 passed out of the Senate
Human Services Committee as amended.
Since fall semester students have been identifying problems with state law and developing
public policy responses. This year's clinic work has assisted in the introduction
of six bills, which will continue to have hearings through April.
The bill descriptions, and the statuses as of April 6, are:
- AB 1554 (Irwin): Prohibits the sale of "powdered alcohol" in California (aka "palcohol"). McGeorge
students Brandon Bjerke, Sean Creadick, and Emily Reynolds are working on AB 1554.
Status: Referred to Assembly Governmental Organization Committee with a hearing date set
for April 6, 2016, where it passed unanimously.
- AB 1740 (Alejo): Creates a paid fellowship for law school graduates to work in the State Capitol.
McGeorge students: Narek Avetisyan and Tanner Puryear are working on AB 1740.
Status: Referred to the Assembly Rules Committee.
- AB 2505 (Quirk): Prohibits euthanasia of animals using carbon dioxide gas. McGeorge students Navnit
Bhandal and Tessa Nevarez are working on AB 2505.
Status: Passed out of the Assembly Public Safety Committee unanimously and re-referred to
the Appropriations Committee.
- SB 1064 (Hancock): Will allow counties to create collaborative, comprehensive programs to identify,
treat, and rehabilitate commercially sexually exploited children.
Status: Referred to the Senate Public Safety Committee with a hearing date set for April
- SB 1339 (Monning): Ensures that Medi-Cal eligible patients continue to receive health care services
during the transfer from one county to another. McGeorge students Brittney Barsotti,
Anam Hasan, and Lauren Ngo are working on SB 1339.
Status: Passed out of the Senate Human Services Committee as amended and re-referred to the
Senate Committee on Health.
Additionally, one of the bills developed by 2014-15 clinic students continues to move
in the Capitol. AB 1200 (Gordon) would require that individuals paid to advocate for a client to receive a state procurement
contract must register as "lobbyists" under the Political Reform Act. The California
Senate recently passed the measure, which is expected to receive concurring approval
from the Assembly. From there, the measure will face its toughest hurdle when Governor
Brown will consider whether to grant a signature or veto.
Updates will be posted as the bills develop over this legislative session, which ends
June 30, 2016.