Press Releases

Senator Hernandez Statement on Legislation to Extend Redevelopment Agency Closure Deadline

January 6, 2012

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Governor Brown Approves Ban on Synthetic Marijuana

October 3, 2011

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Historic Healthcare Reform Legislation Passes Senate

June 2, 2011

Sacramento –California State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina) moved legislation out of the Senate today that would extend affordable, quality healthcare coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income Californians at no additional cost to taxpayers.

Hospital Accountability Bill Passes State Senate

June 1, 2011

Sacramento –Legislation that would close a glaring loophole in state law concerning hospital licensing was passed by the California State Senate today in a 25 to 14 vote and now moves to the Assembly. 

Existing law requires that any individual, company, or corporation that wants to open a health care facility in California must first apply for a license through the State Department of Public Health. The licensing process is designed to ensure that those operating a health care facility, like a hospital, are decent and have a history of complying with the law.

Senator Hernandez’ Proposed Ban on Synthetic Marijuana Moves Forward

April 12, 2011

Legislation authored by Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina) which would criminalize the possession of several synthetic marijuana compounds moved successfully out of a key Senate committee today.  

Hernandez’ bill, SB420, would make the possession for use and/or sale of synthetic cannabinoids, also referred to as “Spice” or “K2,” punishable by imprisonment or a fine or both.

Senator Hernandez Seeks to Improve Hospital Accountability

February 22, 2011

Sacramento – California State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina) has introduced legislation that would close a glaring loophole in state law concerning hospital licensing.

Existing law requires that any individual, company, or corporation that wants to open a health care facility in California must first apply for a license through the State Department of Public Health. The licensing process is designed to ensure that those operating a health care facility, like a hospital, are decent and have a history of complying with the law.

Senator Hernandez Champions Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

February 9, 2011

Sacramento – Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D – West Covina) has introduced legislation that would bring admissions practices in California’s higher education system in line with U.S. Supreme Court precedent that allows public universities and colleges to consider race in their outreach and retention programs.

“I am proud to be putting this legislation forward,” said Hernandez, “this bill will help restore equal opportunity in California’s higher education system by strengthening outreach efforts to qualified minority students.”

Senator Hernandez Statement on Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget

January 10, 2011

Sacramento, CA – Governor Jerry Brown released his proposed budget today in an effort to close California’s massive budget deficit. The following is Senator Hernandez’ statement in response to the Governor’s proposal:

Bill to Prevent Corruption in Public Pension Systems Passes Assembly

June 2, 2010

In a rare display of bipartisan support, Legislators in the California State Assembly advanced a bill today that would treat placement agents as lobbyists to help protect the integrity of the nation’s two largest public pension funds.  AB 1743, authored by Assemblymember Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina), received the critical two-thirds majority necessary for it to move forward.
 
“This is not a partisan issue, and my colleagues demonstrated that today.  AB 1743 is about defending the interests of taxpayers and ensuring that the money working Californians have spent their lives earning is handled with integrity” said Hernandez.  “This bill will protect people on Main Street from the worst kind of influence peddlers on Wall Street.”

Assemblymember Hernandez Advances Bill to Fight Corruption in Pension Systems

September 3, 2009

Assemblymember Ed Hernandez, O.D. (D-West Covina) saw his legislation successfully pass out of the Senate today that would implement new restrictions and stringent reporting requirements governing the use of middlemen to secure business with California’s public pension systems.

“We have already seen enormous damage done to peoples’ confidence in our public pension systems because of the actions of a few unscrupulous placement agents” said Hernandez, “it is time for California to protect people from the worst abusers of this practice. Any placement agent acting in good faith should have no problem complying.”

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