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California Senate Advances Bills Increasing Smoking Age To 21, Regulating Vaping

March 10, 2016

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The state Senate passed several bills Thursday as part of an anti-smoking legislation package, which aims to crack down on tobacco companies and e-cigarettes.

It’s being called one of the most sweeping changes the state has had in decades.

The first bill, called Tobacco 21, raises the smoking age from 18 to 21, in an effort to lower the number of premature deaths related to smoking cigarettes.

Senate Bill 485 Signed into Law

October 1, 2015

Cities have Option to Partner with Sanitation Districts on Stormwater Projects

by: Civic Publications, Inc.

CA Senate votes to raise smoking age to 21

June 2, 2015

By: Patrick McGreevy and Phil Willon

e state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would raise the minimum legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 as part of an effort to reduce smoking by young people.

Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) said he introduced the bill, SB 151, out of concern that an estimated 90% of tobacco users start before age 21. Raising the minimum age will mean that fewer teenagers pick up the habit, said Hernandez, an optometrist.

What's Driving Health Care Costs? California State Senators Want to Know

February 2, 2015

By: Pauline Bartolone (Health Care Reporter @CapRadioHealth)

The Senate Health Committee says it wants to learn more about the inefficiencies in health care spending.

Democratic State Senator Ed Hernandez chairs the committee.

“If we’re going to be mandating that every single person purchase health insurance, then it’s incumbent upon us to figure out what those cost drivers are,” Senator Hernandez says.

Medi-Cal asset seizure bill heads to Gov. Jerry Brown for consideration

August 27, 2014

By Tracy Seipel

San Jose Mercury News

 SACRAMENTO -- After passing the state Senate and Assembly unanimously this week, a bill limiting California's seizure of assets from the estates of Medi-Cal recipients is headed toward Gov. Jerry Brown's desk.

Bill Sidesteps Governor, Accepts Grant

June 24, 2014

by David Gorn

Bucking one provision from the governor in the recently adopted budget, a new bill co-authored by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) and Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) will be presented in the Assembly Committee on Health today. SB 18 would accept a $6 million grant from the California Endowment with the intention of drawing down an additional $6 million in federal funding.

The grant originally was to be included in the budget but in negotiations over the May budget revision, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) administration wanted it excluded.