Press Releases

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

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.  


March 9, 2016

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March 9, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                   Contact: Janet Chin (626)430-2499

Senator Hernandez’ Tobacco 21 Legislation Clears the Assembly

March 3, 2016

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                              California is Poised to Become Second State in the Nation to Raise Smoking Age to 21
(Sacramento, CA) – Today, California legislators came together to make history as the second state in the nation to pass a bill, authored by Senator Ed Hernandez (SBX2 7), that raises the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.  

MCO Tax Bill Concurrently Passes Through the Legislature

February 29, 2016

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Contact: Janet Chin (626) 430-2499
(Sacramento, CA) – Today, on a Senate Floor vote of 28-11, Senator Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D–West Covina), Chair of the Senate Health Committee, passed measure SBX2 2, a specialized tax on Managed Care Organizations (MCO) that will help stabilize Medi-Cal funding and provide significant resources for those with developmental disabilities. The bill later passed the Assembly Floor on a vote of 61-16.