Legislature Now on Summer Recess, Measure to Protect Local Health Officers Introduced

While the Assembly recessed for their summer recess last week, the Senate remained in session this week. Most of their work was focused on a few special hearings focused on outbreaks of COVID-19 at the California/Mexico border and in California’s state prisons (see below for hearing details). Members of both houses will be out of session next week and will return for the remainder of their 2020 session on Monday, July 13.

Below, we highlight several bills of interest to CHEAC Members. For a full update, the CHEAC Weekly Bill Chart is available here.

Communicable Disease Control

SB 483 (Pan) as amended July 13, 2020 – SUPPORT

SB 483 by Senator Richard Pan was recently amended to prohibit the disclosure of the home addresses of public health officers in records of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Currently, home addresses of certain public employees and officials are prohibited from being disclosed except to a court, law enforcement agency, an attorney in a civil or criminal action, and certain other official entities. As described in the measure, such a move would protect personal and private information of public health officials and their families while preserving the public’s right to access information concerning the conduct of the people’s business. CHEAC supports SB 483.