June 7, 2019 Edition

Legislative Leaders and Administration Continue Budget Negotiations, Conference Committee to Close Out Items on Sunday

This week, the Budget Conference Committee heard remaining items that must be reconciled between the Assembly and Senate budget packages related to Health & Human Services, State Administration and General Government, and Public Safety, Corrections, and the Judiciary. Negotiations are now underway among legislative leaders and the Newsom Administration as all parties involved work to finalize the state spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

This morning, the Budget Conference Committee announced it will next be convening on Sunday afternoon to close out all conference committee items. Given the constitutional requirement for all bills to be in print for a minimum of 72 hours prior to being acted upon, the Legislature is anticipated to take up the full budget bill for a vote on Thursday next week, two days ahead of the June 15 constitutional deadline. Upon approval by the Legislature, the budget bill will then head to Governor Gavin Newsom for action.

CHEAC will provide relevant updates as additional details emerge from ongoing budget negotiations and budget trailer bills are introduced next week.

Policy Committees Resume Hearings in Opposite House

This week, Assembly and Senate policy committees once again began holding hearings on measures advanced out of their house of origin in compliance with the May 31 deadline. The Legislature has just over one month before facing additional deadlines for policy committees to hear and report fiscal bills to fiscal committees (July 10) and non-fiscal bills to the floor (July 12). The Legislature will then embark on its month-long summer recess beginning July 12.

The next month is anticipated to be particularly busy with bill hearings and negotiations on measures in their opposite house. For the latest updates, the CHEAC Weekly Bill Chart is available here.

Senate Rules Committee Confirms Ghaly as CHHS Secretary, Appointment Moves to Full Senate

On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee held a confirmation hearing for Mark Ghaly, MD, MPH, for the position of Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS). Dr. Ghaly, in his remarks before the committee, highlighted his experience as a physician, public health professional, and health systems leader in San Francisco and Los Angeles and briefly discussed his approach to implementing the host of programs and services provided by CHHS. Questions from committee members consisted of topics such as public health emergency preparedness and response, chronic disease prevention and wellness promotion, substance use disorder and treatment services, and child protective and social services.

The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to confirm Dr. Ghaly. His confirmation now goes before the full Senate for consideration.

California Files Opioid Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma

On Monday, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, its affiliates, and Dr. Richard S. Sackler for “creating a public nuisance, deceptive marketing of prescription opioid drugs, and violations of unfair competition law” with the intent to “hold Purdue and Dr. Richard Sackler accountable for the public health crisis they helped create.” California joins several other states and cities that have taken legal action against Purdue Pharma. Company officials denied the allegations laid out in the suit and vowed to fight against “misleading attacks.” A copy of the complaint from the Office of the Attorney General can be found here.  

CDPH CHA/CHIP Workshop Announced for June 27

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) will be hosting a full-day workshop on Community Health Assessments (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP) on Thursday, June 27, at the CDPH Natomas Office located in Sacramento. This workshop will focus on tools and resources that help improve a community’s health and promotes health equity, cover the social determinants of health, indicator data, and equity strategies that support community health planning, and discuss strategies for engaging community partners, creating a shared agenda, and leveraging resources to achieve community goals.

Workshop space is limited and only two representatives per local health jurisdiction may attend. A flyer with more information including on how to register can be found here.