Press Releases

Statement on the Budget Vote: Higher Education Trailer Bill - College Readiness Program

June 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate passed the 2016-17 budget bill by a vote of 27-11. SB 826 (Leno) is on time, balanced, includes $122 billion spending plan, appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, allocates money to the rainy day fund, and focuses on issues of poverty, housing and childcare.

Statement on Budget Vote: Increased Funding for Higher Education in California

June 17, 2016

SACRAMENTO – With the passage of the 2016-17 budget, the California Legislature made key investments to bolster higher education in the state.

Senator Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) has been fighting to ensure California students have the necessary opportunities for advancement within the higher education system.

Statement on the Budget Vote: Limiting CA’s Scope of Medi-Cal Estate Recovery

June 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO – The California State Senate passed the 2016-17 budget bill by a vote of 27-11. SB 826 (Leno) is on time, balanced, includes $122 billion spending plan, appropriates record levels of K-12 per-pupil spending, invests in public higher education, allocates money to the rainy day fund, and focuses on issues of poverty, housing and childcare.

RELEASE: Tobacco 21 Law Now Effective in CA

June 9, 2016

Sacramento – Starting today, you now have to be 21 to purchase tobacco products in California. With the enactment of Senate Bill x2 7 by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), California continues the fight against Big Tobacco and a business model that relies on addicting our youth.

Drug Pricing Transparency Bill Passes out of the Senate

June 1, 2016

SB 1010 Now Heads to the Assembly

SACRAMENTO – Today the California State Senate approved passage of Senate Bill 1010, to provide transparency in drug pricing.

Authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (West Covina) and approved by a bipartisan vote of 24-8, SB 1010 provides information on drug prices, a first step towards more affordable and accessible prescription drugs for Californians.

RELEASE: Drug Pricing Transparency Bill Heads to the Senate Floor for a Vote

May 27, 2016

SB 1010 Shines a Light on Drug Prices 

SACRAMENTO – Authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), Senate Bill 1010, which provides transparency in drug pricing, passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee today.

Statement: Local Stakeholders Review Progress on Contamination Site

May 20, 2016

Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Legislative Caucus Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) released the following statement on the local stakeholder meeting reviewing the progress of the San Gabriel Superfund Site.

“I will not hesitate to do what I can in order to ensure that the San Gabriel Valley’s residents have access to clean and safe drinking water. We can’t afford to let millions of gallons of water go to waste when we have proven methods for safely cleaning it up. Rate payers shouldn’t be burdened by the cost to guarantee the cleanliness of their water.”

RELEASE: Federal Government Approves California’s MCO Tax

May 18, 2016

SACRAMENTO - The federal government approved the state’s specialized tax on Managed Care Organizations (MCO) that will bring in about $1.1 billion for Medi-Cal, in addition to allocating more money for people with developmental disabilities.

The tax on all managed care plans will provide stable and ongoing funding for Medi-Cal and allow California to maximize its share of existing federal dollars without negatively affecting premiums.

RELEASE: Tobacco 21 Legislation Signed into Law

May 4, 2016

Law will substantially restrict youth access to tobacco

(Sacramento, CA) –You must now be 21 years of age to purchase tobacco in California. SBX2 7, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday. The bill is part of the most expansive tobacco control package passed in decades and makes California a leader in the nation for tobacco control. 

Tobacco 21 Legislation Moves to Governor’s Desk for Signature

March 10, 2016

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March 10, 2016
                                                               
Contact: Janet Chin (626)430-2499
 


Bill seeks to substantially reduce youth access to tobacco


(Sacramento, CA) – SBX2 7, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D., which would increase the tobacco purchase age to 21, cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday morning, passing off of the Senate Floor with a vote of 26 to 10. The bill now moves to the Governor for signature.  

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