Press Releases

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.

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.

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. 

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

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

March 3, 2016

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Contact: Janet Chin (626)430-2499

                              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.  

February 29, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        
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.

September 9, 2015

Immediate Release                                                        
September 9, 2015

Contact: Tim Valderrama (916) 651-4022

August 27, 2015

For Immediate Release                  

Legislation to Increase Smoking Age Passes State Senate

July 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        Contact: Tim Valderrama   (916)651-4022

July 16, 2015                                                              

Senator Hernandez Re-Introduces Legislation to Raise Smoking Age

Bill Aims to Reduce Smoking by Restricting Teen Access to Tobacco Products