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VA Senate Approves Measure
The VIRGINIA Senate approves a measure that would make the Old Dominion the 33 rd state to expand Medicaid eligibility under the tenets of the Affordable Care Act. The proposal must return to the House before it can go to...
MA House Approves HB 4486
The MASSACHUSETTS House approves HB 4486 , legislation that would raise the Bay State smoking age to 21. It is now in the Senate (BOSTON GLOBE).
IA Governor Signs HF 2377
IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signs HF 2377 , a...
NH House Approves SB 313
The NEW HAMPSHIRE House approves SB 313 , which would expand Medicaid eligibility to cover an additional 50,000 residents. It has returned to the Senate (UNION LEADER [MANCHESTER]).
CO House Approves HB 1436
California Vetoes AB 569
CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 569 , which would have barred employers from taking action against an employee for that person’s reproductive health decisions (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).
California Vetoes AB 715
CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 715 , which would have created a new state working group tasked with determining best practices in prescribing opioid medications. Brown said such state-level work groups already exist...
California Vetoes AB 1279
CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoes AB 1279 , which would have required the state Department of Health to develop an outreach program to increase awareness of the disease Valley Fever. Brown said the agency already has...
Health In Massachusetts
The MASSACHUSETTS Supreme Judicial Court rules that because the effects of marijuana vary so greatly between individuals, police officers cannot offer an opinion on whether an individual was “high” in court cases...
California Signs SB 17
The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final passage to a measure ( SB 17 ) requiring drug makers to give a public explanation for some price increases. The bill, believed to be the first in the nation to require such transparency in pharmaceutical...
California Signs AB 602
CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 602 , which prohibits pharmacies from acquiring diabetes testing devices from unauthorized distributors (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).
California Signs SB 374
Also in CALIFORNIA...
Health In California
CALIFORNIA Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D) announces he would shelve SB 562 - a Senate-approved bill that would implement a statewide single-payer health care system in the Golden State – for the year without a vote in...
California Approves SB 562
The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 562 , which would implement a single-payer health care system in the Golden State. It moves to the Assembly (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).
California Approves AB 402
The CALIFORNIA Senate...
Missouri Amends HB 90
The MISSOURI House declines to take up an amended version of HB 90 , which would have made the Show Me State the last in the nation to adopt a prescription drug monitoring system (KANSAS CITY STAR).
Iowa Signs HB 524
California Signs SB 999
CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 999 , a bill that requires public and private health plans to cover and dispense hormonal birth control for up to 12 months (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET).
California Signs AB 1668
California Approves AB 1668
The CALIFORNIA Legislature approves AB 1668 , so-called “right-to-try” legislation that would allow terminally ill patients to access medications not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The...
Health & Science In The US
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9 th Circuit rules that the U.S. Department of Justice cannot prosecute those who grow, supply or use marijuana for medical purposes in states that have legalized such use. The court...
OH Approves HB 523
The OHIO House and Senate approve HB 523 , which would make the Buckeye State the 25 th to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes. It is now with Gov. John Kasich (R) for consideration (CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER).
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration bans the sale of e-cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco and hookah tobacco to people under age 18 and requires companies to submit these products to it for regulatory review, provide it with a list of product ingredients...
Health & Science In WY
The WYOMING Legislature rejects several proposals to expand Medicaid to cover around 20,000 low-income Equality State residents. All were offered as amendments to the state’s main budget bill (WYOMING TRIBUNE EAGLE...
Health & Science in CA
The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 21, a bill that would remove a March 1 deadline for cities and counties to adopt regulations under the state’s new medical marijuana regulatory framework. Under the law, the state could...