Release: Senator Hernandez’ Key Bill Advances out of Senate Appropriations

May 25, 2017

SACRAMENTO – Today, six of Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’, O.D. (D-West Covina) bills were approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now advance to the Senate Floor for a vote by the entire Senate body. Among them is Senate Bill 17, which provides transparency on rising drug prices in California and is a step toward more affordable and accessible prescription drugs for everyone in the state.  

SB 17 will promote transparency in the health care system by requiring drug makers to give notice to purchasers before raising prices and requiring health plans to report the proportion of the premiums spent on prescription drugs. SB 17 has amassed a diverse support coalition of over 90 consumer, business, labor, local government and health care professional organizations, and is sponsored by the California Labor Federation, Health Access California, and UNITE HERE!,

A total of 19 of Senator Hernandez bills are moving through the legislative process, including:

  • SB 418 to set an explicit threshold on the amount of public dollars that need to be expended to trigger prevailing wage requirements. (Assembly Labor Committee)
  • SB 557 to allow public schools to donate food items to food banks that have been served and replaced on share tables. (Assembly Rules)
  • SB 743 to codify in California state law the protection of federal free choice of provider for family planning services that has been implemented in California for decades. (Senate Floor)
  • SCA 14 to hold the University of California Office of the President and the Board of Regents more accountable and transparent to our students and the public. (Senate Rules)

To view Senator Hernandez’ entire legislative package, click here: