Fiscal Committees Face Deadline to Advance Bills Next Week

The Legislature maintained a busy hearing schedule this week, considering and taking action on a number of policy and budget items. Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees will hold suspense file hearings next week in order to meet the May 25 deadline for fiscal committees to hear and report to the floor all fiscal bills introduced in their house of origin.

Below, we highlight an action taken on a bill of interest this week. For a full update, this week’s edition of the CHEAC Weekly Bill Chart is available here.

Drug & Alcohol Services

AB 2760 (Wood) as amended April 19, 2018 – Support

Assembly Member Jim Wood’s AB 2760 was heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee earlier this week. The measure would would require prescribers to educate their patients and the patients’ designee about naloxone hydrochloride or another opioid antagonist and would require a prescriber to offer a prescription for such a drug if a patient meets specified clinical or risk-based criteria. Despite opposition from provider groups, AB 2760 passed out of the committee on a unanimous vote and now moves on to the Assembly Floor.