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September 13, 2017

Sacramento legislators have already tackled some of the biggest issues for this year’s session, including an extension of the state’s landmark climate change program, “sanctuary state” legislation to protect undocumented immigrants and a $4 billion bond for affordable housing programs. But even as the Legislature closes in on the final few days of its session, a long to-do list remains.

September 13, 2017

Powered by increasing scrutiny of costly prescription drugs, a measure that would require sweeping new disclosure on how medicines are priced cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday.

The state Senate approved the bill with no debate, belying the fierce behind-the-scenes jockeying that pit pharmaceutical companies against health insurers, labor unions and liberal activists.

September 13, 2017

State legislators have passed a bill aimed at creating greater transparency around prescription drug pricing by requiring pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide advance notice and more detailed explanations for raising the price of a drug.

The bill, co-authored by Assemblyman David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), was approved by the Senate on Wednesday after clearing the Assembly earlier this week. The proposal now heads to Gov. Jerry Brown.

September 12, 2017

California bill that would require drug makers to report and justify price hikes took a big step toward reality on Monday night. The state Assembly overwhelmingly passed the legislation and it now goes to the Senate for approval, which legislative sources say may occur as soon as today.

September 11, 2017

The California State Assembly on Monday overwhelmingly approved Senate Bill 17, controversial legislation that could soon become the nation’s most comprehensive law aimed at shining a light on prescription drug prices.

The 58-10 vote easily overcame the 41 votes needed to pass, though an earlier vote late Monday afternoon had come up short at 31-6. At that point, the bill was put on call and the voting roll was kept open for less than an hour until the final vote was called.

September 11, 2017

The final week for the state legislative year opens Monday morning and it’s the last chance this year for California legislators to pass new laws.

September 7, 2017

Californians now pay more for their prescription drugs than they do for their doctors. The state spent a whopping $4 billion on drugs in 2015, and pharmaceutical companies are pushing another 12 percent increase in 2017.

The skyrocketing costs are unsustainable. The Legislature has to pass state Sen. Ed Hernandez’ SB 17 and force drug makers to provide information about how they price their products.

September 7, 2017

As the California Legislature winds to a close for the year, there are still a handful of opportunities to make a real difference in the lives of working families. Chief among them is Senate Bill 17 – the second attempt in as many years to bring some measure of sanity to the insanely high cost of prescription drugs.