McGeorge School of Law

Legislative and Public Policy Clinic 2016 Bills Off to Good Start

April 6, 2016

McGeorge Legislative & Public Policy Clinic in the Grand Salon

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 12, 2016.
  • 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.