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  • Debra Marasco-McNulty
    Hi all, I am forwarding this to the group for 2 reasons: 1. Those parents who are in California may want to subscribe to this advocacy letter, I have for
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2008
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      Hi all,

      I am forwarding this to the group for 2 reasons: 1. Those parents who are in California may want to subscribe to this advocacy letter, I have for several years and it is concise, informative, and advocacy based. You can check out Marty's biography and see where his roots in the disabled community are. 2. Those in other states may have similar advocacy websites and linking into them is a good way to 'gain ground' in our advocacy for our children

      Debra M-Mc (mom to Jason, age 31, micro cp, spastic quad, trach, g-tube etc)

      "Marty Omoto, Director - California Disability Community Action Network (CDCAN)" <martyomoto@...> wrote:
      To: <CDCANreportlist01@...>
      From: "Marty Omoto, Director - California Disability Community Action Network \(CDCAN\)" <martyomoto@...>
      Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 03:34:56 -0700
      Subject: Re: CDCAN REPORT #053-2008: Hearings This Week - State Honors
      Cesar Chavez

      CDCAN DISABILITY RIGHTS NEWS REPORT
      California Disability Community Action Network
      Advocacy Without Borders: We Are One Community
      News Impacting People With Disabilities, Mental Health Needs, Seniors & Others
      Goes out to over 45,000 people, organizations, policy makers across California
      Marty Omoto - martyomoto@... website: www.cdcan.us
      Report #053-2008 - March 31, 2008 - Monday evening

      CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE
      * CALIFORNIA HONORS CESAR CHAVEZ MARCH 31ST
      * LIST OF BILLS SET FOR HEARINGS THIS WEEK BY TOPIC
      * SPECIAL EDUCATION "STAY PUT" BILL TO BE HEARD APRIL 2ND
      Several Other Bills Scheduled for Hearing That Impact People With Disabilities, Mental Health Needs, Seniors, Low Income Families, Foster Children with Special Needs, Low Income Workers

      SACRAMENTO (CDCAN) - California officially observed Cesar Chavez Day on Monday, March 31, remembering the work and legacy of the civil rights leader who was best known for his fight for farm worker rights and the creation of the United Farm Workers union. Chavez, pictured right, died in 1993 at age 66 and is buried in Delano, California.

      Chavez, viewed with controversy by some - especially in his later years, was more often admired by millions of Californians and even his adversaries. He fought in the 1960's and later decades to give voice and make visible thousands of farm workers through numerous nationwide boycotts, including table grapes and lettuce, hunger strikes, jailings and demonstrations.

      Chavez and the farm worker struggle attracted the attention and support of New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who held a US Senate hearing in Bakersfield in 1966 to investigate the issues raised by the farm workers.

      Kennedy later made a memorable visit just before his entry into the race in March 1968, for the Democratic presidential nomination, paying his respects by breaking bread with the Chavez at the end of his hunger strike.

      Several photos captured the famous event of the two iconic leaders, taken just weeks before the assassination of another civil rights leader and icon, Martin Luther King Jr, and less than 10 weeks before Kennedy himself was assassinated in Los Angeles.

      This year marks the 40th anniversary of the assassinations of both King (April 1968) and Kennedy (June 1968).


      Legislature and State Offices Closed In Honor of Chavez
      The California Legislature and state offices were closed in honor of Chavez on Monday, though will gear up Tuesday through Thursday this week with several hearings on bills this week, including several that have impact on children and adults with disabilities, including autism, mental health needs, seniors, low income families, workers and organizations who provide supports and services and others.

      Several budget subcommittee hearings are also scheduled this week - though none of them are on major budget issues, though the proposed budget reductions to the Department of Rehabilitation is strongly opposed by disability and other advocates. The bulk of the budget subcommittee hearings focusing on major budget issues - including In-Home Supportive Services, regional centers, Medi-Cal, CalWORKS, adoption assistance and foster care programs, are scheduled for mid-April (see previous and upcoming CDCAN Reports for details or go to the CDCAN website at www.cdcan.us)

      Dozens of Important Bills Set for Hearing This Week and Next
      Dozens of bills are scheduled for hearing Tuesday (April 1) and later this week and are reported below, with many of those bills having potential major impact on children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, low income families, low income workers who provide supports and services, and advocates across the State.
      Other bills are scheduled for hearing next week - and CDCAN will issue a report on those and other bills having action on the floors or by the Governor tomorrow.

      Included in this report are budget subcommittee hearings scheduled this week.

      BILLS SET FOR HEARING THIS WEEK BY TOPIC (IMPACTING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS, SENIORS, LOW INCOME FAMILIES & WORKERS)
      Bills are listed by general topic or subject area. Some bills are listed under several different topics.

      Bills that are generating some controversy or have been highlighted by advocates as important or a priority are bolded in red.

      Please see separate CDCAN Reports that will be issued later today covering all other bills, including those pending a hearing, or set for hearing later in April or May. See also separate reports on state and federal regulations that will be issued later this week. [Sorry for the length of this report!]

      Some bills may have been "pulled" from the hearing schedule at the last moment. Hearing dates and times can also change. CDCAN will try to keep the information as updated as possible.

      ACCESS & LEGAL RIGHTS
      see "Civil Rights"

      CALWORKS
      Bills below set for hearing this week that could have impact to the CalWORKS program that has many children and parents with special needs in it.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB1996 (Swanson) - Food Stamps: Eligibility: Convicted Drug Felonies
      * AB 2389 (Benoit) CalWORKs Eigibility: Drug Testing.
      CDCAN COMMENT: AB 2389 has drawn controversy and opposition from several advocacy groups, including the ACLU, Western Center on Law and Poverty, County Welfare Directors and others. Arc California reportedly was considering supporting the bill primarily because the legislation was suggested by a person with disabilities - a reasoning that some advocates have criticized.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM


      SENATE RULES COMMITTEE (Room 113)
      Confirmation hearing of Governor's Appointees:
      * John A. Wagner - California Department of Social Services
      CDCAN Comment: this department oversees the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), SSI/SSP, foster care and adoption assistance programs, CalWORKS.

      CHILDREN (FOSTER CARE, ADOPTION ASSISTANCE)
      Below are bills that could have impact on foster children or children (and their families) in the adoption assistance program that have many children with disabilities and other special needs, including those children who are eligible for regional center funded services and supports.


      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM ASSEMBLY HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 1825 (Beall) Regional Centers : Inter–Agency Dispute
      * AB 2070 (Bass) - Foster care: Incarcerated Parents
      * AB 2117 (Evans) - Dependent Children: Psychotropic Medications
      * AB 2238 (Smyth) - Dependent Children:Enlistment in Armed Forces
      * AB 2310 (Maze) - Dependent Children: Documentation of Status
      * AB 2341 (Maze) - Reunification Services
      * AB 2571 (Sharon Runner) - Foster Care: Child Abuse Investigations: Reports

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE (Room 447)
      * AB 2322 (Portantino) Land Use Planning: Housing Element - Foster Youth Placement.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      SENATE RULES COMMITTEE (Room 113)
      Confirmation hearing of Governor's Appointees:
      * John A. Wagner - California Department of Social Services
      CDCAN Comment: this department oversees the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), SSI/SSP, foster care and adoption assistance programs, CalWORKS

      CIVIL RIGHTS (INCLUDING ACCESS & OTHER RIGHTS)
      Bills listed below are set for hearing this week that have some impact on the civil rights (including access rights and other legal rights) of children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, low income families, workers and other. CDCAN previously highlighted in early February AB 1891 and AB 1905. Other bills dealing with access recently introduced have not yet been scheduled for hearing.

      Following Bill Passed Out of Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 25th:
      * AB 1873 (Lieu) - Small Claims Court - Appearance by Telephone (passed 10 to 0)

      Following Bills FAILED Passage in Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 25th:
      * AB 1891 (Niello) - Civil Procedure: Sanctions (failed passage 3 to 7)
      * AB 1905 (Adams) - Appeals: Class Action Certification (failed passage 3 to 7)
      CDCAN Comment: Both bills could have impacted access rights. Copies of the bills above and the committee analysis are available on the CDCAN website at www.cdan.us

      Following Bill FAILED passage in Senate Judiciary Committee on March 25th:
      * SB 1202 (Harman) - Attorney’s Fees: Public Interest: Class Action (failed passage 2 to 3)

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 1842 (Smyth) - Santa Susana State Park Advisory Committee
      * AB 2121 (Aghazarian) - State Parks: Disabled Passes
      CDCAN Comment: this bill probably doesn't belong under this subject heading (there isn't a subject heading in this report for parks or recreation) - however accessibility of the State Parks was the subject of a landmark lawsuit, though this bill does not address that issue - but provides for free passes into State parks for eligible persons with disabilities. On AB 1842, advisory committee membership in the bill probably should include person(s) or organizations representing people with disabilities and seniors to ensure that access issues are raised.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 09:30 AM

      SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE (Room 112).
      * SB 1519 (Yee) - Local Taxicab Regulations
      CDCAN COMMENT: Taxicub regulations by local government should also address accessibility issues for persons with disabilities, seniors and others.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) AT 1:30 PM

      Assembly Education Committee (Room 126)
      * AB 1768 (Evans) - Special Education: Due Process Hearings ("Stay Put").
      * AB 2085 (Huff) - Schools: Discrimination
      * AB 2630 (Salas) - Pupil Records: Privacy Rights

      CRIME (INCLUDING ABUSE AGAINST SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES)
      Bills listed below are set for hearing this week that deals with crimes or prevention of crimes (abuse) of people with disabilities and seniors (people with disabilities are referred as "dependent adults" in most legislation. See other similar bills under "Seniors" or "Long Term Care" or "Health".

      Following bills had an action in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 25, 2008:






      * AB 1900 (Nava) - Senior Services: Fees and Penalties (Rescheduled for hearing 04/01/08. Amended 03/28/08)
      * AB 2343 (Caballero) - Public Administrators and Conservators (PASSED 10 to 0. To Appropriations)

      Following bills had an action in Assembly Public Safety on March 25, 2008
      * AB 2100 (Wolk) - Elder Abuse: Reporting (PASSED 7 to 0 and referred to Assembly Aging & Long Term Care)
      * AB 2172 (Cook) - Elder Abuse: Registry (Failed passage 3 to 2. Reconsideration granted)

      Following bills had an action in Senate Judiciary Committee on March 25, 2008:

      * SB 1140 (Steinberg) - Financial Abuse of Elderly (PASSED with amendments 4 to 1. To Appropriations)
      * SB 1421 (Harman) -Trust Administration: Income & Principal (PASSED with amendments 5 to 0. To Appropriations

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM


      ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      * AB 2038 (Lieber) - Persons with Disabilities: Victims of Crime
      CDCAN COMMENT: This bill has raised some controversy and concerns from some advocates who are worried about new mandated costs and requirements on community-based providers who already face current and possibly new budget freezes and cuts, and also the changing of the word "dependent adult" in one California Code - while not changing that reference in the other codes.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:30 AM

      SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (Room 4203)
      * SB 1259 (Margett) - Crimes Against Elders and Dependent Adults

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM

      ASSEMBLY HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 1983 (Evans) - Developmental Services: Consumer Abuse Registry
      * AB1996 (Swanson) - Food Stamps: Eligibility: Convicted Drug Felonies
      * AB 2389 (Benoit) CalWORKs Eligibility: Drug Testing.
      * AB 2571 (Sharon Runner) - Foster Care: Child Abuse Investigations: Reports
      CDCAN COMMENT: AB 2389 has drawn controversy and opposition from several advocacy groups, including the ACLU, Western Center on Law and Poverty, County Welfare Directors and others. Arc California reportedly was considering supporting the bill primarily because the legislation was suggested by a person with disabilities - a reasoning that some advocates have criticized..

      DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES (REGIONAL CENTERS & DEVELOPMENTAL CENTERS)
      Bills set for hearing this week that specifically impact children and adults with developmental disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum who are eligible for regional center funded community-based services and supports or services in the state owned and operated developmental centers and two other smaller facilities.

      Following Bills Passed Out Of Assembly Judiciary Committee March 25th and referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee, except where noted:
      * AB 1779 (Jones) - Personal Information: Security Breaches (Passed 10 to 0)
      * AB 1824 (Beall) - Regional centers: Employee Liability (Passed 10 to 0 and referred to Assembly Human Services)
      * AB 2343 (Caballero) - Public Administrators and Conservators (Passed 10 to 0)

      Following bills all passed out of Senate Human Services March 25th and referred to Senate Appropriations Committee except where noted:

      * SB 1175 (Steinberg) - Developmental Services: Regional Center Housing (Passed 5 to 0)
      * SB 1183 (Wiggins) - Sonoma Developmental Center: Health Services (Passed 3 to 2)
      * SB 1475 (Torlakson) - Autism Pilot Program (Passed 3 to 2)

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      * AB 2038 (Lieber) - Persons with Disabilities: Victims of Crime
      CDCAN COMMENT: This bill has raised some controversy and concerns from some advocates who are worried about new mandated costs and requirements for background checks on community-based providers who already face current and possibly new budget freezes and cuts, and also the changing of the word "dependent adult" in one California Code - while not changing that reference in the other codes.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM



      ASSEMBLY HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 1825 (Beall) - Regional Centers: Inter-Agency Disputes
      * AB 1875 (Huff) - Residential care facilities: overconcentration: licensure applications: local notification.
      * AB 1983 (Evans) - Developmental Services: Consumer Abuse Registry
      * AB 2117 (Evans) Dependent Foster Children: Psychotropic Medications
      * AB 2571 (Sharon Runner) - Foster Care: Child Abuse Investigations: Reports

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) AT 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      Note: "Special order" at 1:30 PM for two bills - AB 2831 and AB 2832 both dealing with education finance.
      * AB 1768 (Evans) - Special Education: Due Process Hearings ("Stay Put")
      * AB 1872 (Coto) - Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clearinghouse
      * AB 2302 (Bass) - Teacher Credentialing: Specialist Credential: Pupils with Autism
      * AB 2424 (Beall) - Persons With Developmental Disabilities: Education and Employment
      * AB 2555 (Torrico) - Special education: initial assessment: individualized education program
      * ACR 114 (Parra) - Special Education: Home–to–school Transportation

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (Room 444)
      Budget Items:
      * Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (Budget Item 4200)
      * Community Services and Development (CSD) (Budget Item 4700)
      * Department of Rehabilitation (Budget Item 5160)
      * Department of Child Support Services (Budget Item 5175)
      CDCAN Comment: CSD administers federal LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), community services block grant money and naturalization program funding. Department of Rehabilitation administers a combination of federal and state funding to the independent living centers, vocational programs and also supported employment program (with the Department of Developmental Services)

      EDUCATION (SPECIAL AND ADULT EDUCATION)
      Below are bills that are set for hearing this week that impact children with disabilities and other special needs in K-12 education, and also bills impacting adult education and college for people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors and others.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM









      Assembly Health Committee (Room 4202)
      CDCAN COMMENT: April 1 hearing for AB 2875 (Furutani) - Pupils: Need–Based Programs: Dual Eligibility was cancelled and rescheduled for April 8th.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      SENATE BUDGET & FISCAL REVIEW SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON EDUCATION (Room 113)
      Budget Item:
      * California Department of Education (Budget Item #6110)
      – Legislative Analyst Office's Categorical Program Funding Reform
      – Local Funding Flexibility Options
      – Report on School District Fiscal Status

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 09:30 AM
      SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE (Room 4203)
      no bills scheduled for this hearing that directly impacting students with disabilities or other special needs

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) AT 1:30 PM



      ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      Note: "Special order" at 1:30 PM for two bills - AB 2831 and AB 2832 both dealing with education finance.
      * AB 1768 (Evans) - Special Education: Due Process Hearings ("Stay Put")
      * AB 1871 (Coto) - Teacher Credentialing: Bilingual–Crosscultural Competence
      * AB 1872 (Coto) - Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders: Clearinghouse
      * AB 1885 (Nava) - Pupil Instruction: Intensive Instruction and Services
      * AB 2077 (Fuentes) The California English Language Development Test
      * AB 2085 (Huff) - Schools: Discrimination
      * AB 2138 (Adams) - High school Graduation: Requirements
      * AB 2159 (Brownley) - Education finance: Commission for Funding with Accountability, Transparency, and Simplicity
      * AB 2302 (Bass) - Teacher Credentialing: Specialist Credential: Pupils with Autism
      * AB 2340 (Arambula) - Adult Education: English Classes
      * AB 2424 (Beall) - Persons With Developmental Disabilities: Education and Employment

      * AB 2555 (Torrico) - Special education: initial assessment: individualized education program
      * AB 2630 (Salas) - Pupil Records: Privacy Rights.
      * ACR 114 (Parra) - Special Education: Home–to–school Transportation

      ELECTIONS (VOTING)
      Below are bills set for hearing this week relating to elections or voting that could have impact on people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, low income families and workers, including accessible voting machines, polling locations, registration.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 09:30 AM
      SENATE ELECTIONS, REAPPORTIONMENT AND CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS (Room 3191)
      * SB 1235 (Oropeza) - Polling Place: Notice of Change
      CDCAN COMMENT: Hearing was cancelled by the committee for SB1694 (Florez) dealing with primary election ballots

      EMERGENCY SERVICES (DISASTER PREPAREDNESS)
      Below are bills set for hearing this week dealing with emergency services or disaster preparedness that could have an impact on people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, low income families and workers, community providers and others.

      Following bill had an action in Senate Governmental Organization Committee on March 25, 2008:

      SB 1227 (Hollingsworth) - Disaster assistance: Disaster Response - Emergency Operations Account (PASSED 10 to 0. To Appropriations).

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE (Room 447)
      * AB 2210 (Price) - Dentistry: Services During State of Emergency

      EMPLOYMENT

      Below are bills set for hearing this week dealing with employment related issues for people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, their families - and also the low income workers who provide services and supports.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE (Room 447)
      * AB 1952 (Berg) - Business Licensing: Exemptions: Veterans.
      * AB 2543 (Berg) - Geriatric and Gerontology Workforce Expansion Act

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) AT 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      Note: "Special order" at 1:30 PM for two bills - AB 2831 and AB 2832 both dealing with education finance.
      * AB 2424 (Beall) - Persons With Developmental Disabilities: Education and Employment

      GOVERNMENT (STATE AND LOCAL)



      Bills below are set for hearing this week and impact state or local government in some way (who in turn impact programs, and services for people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors and their families and community-based organizations.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE (Room 447)
      * AB 2118 (Villines) - State agencies: Administrative Regulations

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS & WILDLIFE COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 1842 (Smyth) - Santa Susana State Park Advisory Committee
      * AB 2121 (Aghazarian) - State Parks: Disabled Passes
      CDCAN Comment: this bill probably doesn't belong under this subject heading (there isn't a subject heading in this report for parks or recreation) - however accessibility of the State Parks was the subject of a landmark lawsuit, though this bill does not address that issue - but provides for free passes into State parks for eligible persons with disabilities. On AB 1842, advisory committee membership in the bill probably should include person(s) or organizations representing people with disabilities and seniors to ensure that access issues are raised.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 09:30 AM

      SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE (Room 112)
      * SB 1483 (Ridley–Thomas) - Brown Act and Neighborhood Councils.
      * SB 1732 (Romero) - Public Meetings and Public Documents

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      Senate Rules Committee (Room 113)
      Confirmation hearing of Governor's Appointees:
      * John A. Wagner - California Department of Social Services
      CDCAN Comment: this department oversees the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), SSI/SSP, foster care and adoption assistance programs, CalWORKS.

      HEALTH (INCLUDING MEDI-CAL)

      Bills set for hearing this week impacting health care - including Medi-Cal.
      Note: A controversial bill, SB 1136 (Alquist) original hearing date of March 25th was cancelled and rescheduled for April 8th and sponsors of the bill (Santa Clara County) came up with language that was amended into the bill on March 28th. Advocates are likely to still oppose the measure (see SB 1140 that covers the same issues raised by SB 1136. CDCAN has urged that the author and sponsors of SB 1136 back SB 1140 as a better vehicle to address the issue.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE (Room 4202)
      * AB 1945 (De La Torre) - Health Care Coverage
      * AB 2257 (Hernandez) - Medi–Cal: Ambulance Transportation Services.
      * AB 2375 (Hernandez.) - Health Care Workforce: Master Plan.
      * AB 2381 (Mullin) - Stem Cell Research.
      * AB 2535 (Hernandez) - Medi–Cal: Prescription Drugs.
      * AB 2667 (Hayashi) - Suicide Prevention Hotlines.
      * AB 2805 (Ma) - Health Care Coverage: Payment for Benefits.
      * AB 2821 (Feuer) - Drug Marketing: Gifts.
      * AB 2839 (Huffman) - Health Care Providers’ Bill of Rights.
      CDCAN COMMENT: April 1 hearing for AB 2119 (Galgiani) - Medi–Cal: Durable Medical Equipment: Reimbursement Rates was cancelled at the request of the author.
      Hearings for AB 2842 (Berg) - Solicitation: Unfair Business Practices, AB 2847 (Krekorian) - Health Care Coverage, AB 2875 (Furutani) - Pupils: Need–Based Programs: Dual Eligibility, AB 2910 (Huffman) - Health care service plans: liability and AB 3027 (De Leon) - Health care coverage: Disclosures: Foreign Languages were rescheduled for April 8th.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE (Room 4203)
      * SB 1058 (Alquist) - Health Facilities: Bacterial Infections.
      * SB 1141 (Margett) - Emergency Medical Services.
      * SB 1260 (Runner) - Health Clinics
      * SB 1565 (Kuehl) - California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act.
      * SB 1651 (Steinberg) - Mentally Ill Offenders.
      * SB 1738 (Steinberg) - Medi–Cal: Frequent Users of Health Care Pilot Program
      CDCAN COMMENT: SB 1427 rescheduled for hearing on April 9. SB 1553 hearing for 4/2/08 cancelled.

      HOUSING



      Below are bills set for hearing this week, dealing with housing that could have impact on accessible and affordable housing for people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, their families, low income children and their families, low income workers who provide supports and services:

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 10:00 AM (note time change)
      ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE (Room 4202)
      Note: hearing continues upon adjournment of the Assembly Floor session
      * AB1818 (Fuentes) - Housing: Veterans.
      * AB 2586 (Torrico) - Residential Tenancies

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM

      SENATE TRANSPORTATION & HOUSING COMMITTEE (Room 4203)
      SB 1106 (Cedillo) - Local Planning.
      SB 1122 (Correa) - Mobilehome Parks
      SB 1220 (Cedillo) - Housing: Multifamily Housing Program: Veterans..
      SB 1452 (Correa) - Manufactured Factory–Built Housing: Violations: Civil Penalties.
      AB 242 (Blakeslee) - Land Use: Annexation: Housing

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 4:00 PM
      ASSEMBLY VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      * AB 2670 (Salas) - Department of Veterans Affairs: Qualified Residential Rental Project Programs

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 09:00 AM


      ASSEMBLY HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      * AB 2016 (Committee on Housing and Community Development) - Housing omnibus bill.
      * AB 2019 (Fuentes) - Assisted Housing Developments.
      * AB 2050 (Garcia) - Mobilehomes and Manufactured Homes: Smoke Alarms.
      * AB 2188 (Arambula) - Community Development Block Grant Program: Funds.
      * AB 2554 (Mullin) - Housing: Local Enforcement: Relinquishment.
      * AB 2925 (Davis) - Substandard buildings: new ownership interest: registration

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE (Room 447)
      * AB 2322 (Portantino) Land Use Planning: Housing Element - Foster Youth Placement.

      IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (HOME CARE)




      Below are bills set for hearing this week that could impact in-home supportive services (IHSS) or other home care related services and supports, including supported living services. See also "developmental services" and "long term care" and "health/Medi-Cal" for other related bills.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      Senate Rules Committee (Room 113)
      Confirmation hearing of Governor's Appointees:
      * John A. Wagner - California Department of Social Services
      CDCAN Comment: this department oversees the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), SSI/SSP, foster care and adoption assistance programs, CalWORKS.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services (Room 444)
      Budget Items:
      * Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (Budget Item 4200)
      * Community Services and Development (CSD) (Budget Item 4700)
      * Department of Rehabilitation (Budget Item 5160)
      CDCAN Comment: CSD administers federal LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), community services block grant money and naturalization program funding. Department of Rehabilitation administers a combination of federal and state funding to the independent living centers, vocational programs and also supported employment program (with the Department of Developmental Services)

      LONG TERM CARE



      Below are bills set for hearing this week that could impact long term care services and supports for people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, their families, low income families and long term care providers (including Medi-Cal program providers). See In-Home Supportive Services and Developmental Services for other related bills.

      Following BIll had an action in Senate Health Committee on March 26, 2008:
      * SB 1216 (Scott) - Insurance: Long–Term Care - Interest on Claims (PASSED 11 to 0. To Appropriations)

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY INSURANCE COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 2137 (Saldana) - Insurance: Rescission of Long–Term Care Contracts.
      * AB 2465 (Duvall) - Insurance: Replacement of Life and Annuity Policies

      MENTAL HEALTH


      Below are bills set for hearing this week that could impact mental health services and supports that used or needed by people with mental health needs and their families, providers, children and adults with disabilities and seniors who are also have a mental health diagnosis, their families.

      Following Bill Had An Action In Senate Health Committee on March 26, 2008:
      * SB 1349 (Cox) - Local Reimbursement for Mental Health Services (PASSED 11 to 0. To Senate Appropriations Committee)

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE (Room 447)
      * AB 1951 (Hayashi) - Mental Health Professionals: Suicide Prevention Training

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:30 AM
      Senate Public Safety Committee (Room 4203)
      CDCAN COMMENT: 4/1/08 hearing for SB 1243 (Correa) - Mentally Disordered Offenders: Recommitment Hearing was cancelled at request of author and rescheduled for April 8th.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE (Room 4202)
      * AB 2667 (Hayashi) - Suicide Prevention Hotlines

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 2117 (Evans) - Dependent Children: Psychotropic Medications

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE (Room 4203)
      * SB 1651 (Steinberg) - Mentally ill offenders.
      CDCAN COMMENT: SB 1427 rescheduled for hearing on April 9. SB 1553 hearing for 4/2/08 cancelled.

      MINORITIES (IMMIGRANTS)






      Below are bills set for hearing this week that impact minorities (including Asian and Pacific Islanders, Latinos, African Americans and others) and children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors in those communities.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM
      Assembly Health Committee (Room 4202)
      CDCAN COMMENT: April 1 hearing for AB 3027 (De Leon) - Health care coverage: Disclosures: Foreign Languages were rescheduled for April 8th.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) AT 1:30 PM
      ASSEMBLY EDUCATION COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      Note: "Special order" at 1:30 PM for two bills - AB 2831 and AB 2832 both dealing with education finance.
      * AB 1871 (Coto) - Teacher Credentialing: Bilingual–Crosscultural Competence
      * AB 2077 (Fuentes) The California English Language Development Test
      * AB 2085 (Huff) - Schools: Discrimination
      * AB 2340 (Arambula) - Adult Education: English Classes

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 1:30 PM


      ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #1 ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES (Room 444)
      Budget Items:
      * Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (Budget Item 4200)
      * Community Services and Development (CSD) (Budget Item 4700)
      * Department of Rehabilitation (Budget Item 5160)
      * Department of Child Support Services (Budget Item 5175)
      CDCAN Comment: CSD administers federal LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program), community services block grant money and naturalization program funding. Department of Rehabilitation administers a combination of federal and state funding to the independent living centers, vocational programs and also supported employment program (with the Department of Developmental Services)

      APRIL 4, 2008 (FRIDAY) at 3:15 to 4:30 PM (note time change)

      SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON ASIAN PACIFIC ISLANDER AFFAIRS
      Fresno City Hall, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, California
      INFORMATIONAL HEARING SUBJECT: "Issues and Legislation Important to the Asian Pacific Islander
      Community"

      SENIORS (AGING)


      Below are bills set for hearing this week that impact seniors (see also Developmental Services, Long Term Care, Health (Medi-Cal), In-Home Supportive Services, Mental Health, Housing and Transportation and Crimes for other related bills impacting seniors). Note: a controversial bill, SB 1136 (Alquist) original hearing date of March 25th was cancelled and rescheduled for April 8th with an amendment to the bill.

      Following bills had an action in the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 25, 2008:
      * AB 1900 (Nava) - Senior Services: Fees and Penalties (Rescheduled for hearing 04/01/08. Amended 03/28/08)
      * AB 2343 (Caballero) - Public Administrators and Conservators (PASSED 10 to 0. To Appropriations)

      Following bills had an action in Assembly Public Safety on March 25, 2008
      * AB 2100 (Wolk) - Elder Abuse: Reporting (PASSED 7 to 0 and referred to Assembly Aging & Long Term Care)
      * AB 2172 (Cook) - Elder Abuse: Registry (Failed passage 3 to 2. Reconsideration granted)

      Following bills had an action in Senate Judiciary Committee on March 25, 2008:

      * SB 1140 (Steinberg) - Financial Abuse of Elderly (PASSED with amendments 4 to 1. To Appropriations)
      * SB 1234 (Correa) - Mobilehomes: Privacy (PASSED 3 to 2. To Appropriations)
      * SB 1421 (Harman) -Trust Administration: Income & Principal (PASSED with amendments 5 to 0. To Appropriations)

      Following bill had an action in Assembly Aging and Long Term Care Committee on March 25, 2008:

      AB 2160 (Carter) - Mello–Granlund Older Californians Act: Disability: Definition (PASSED with amendments 6 to 0. To Appropriations)

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE (Room 447)
      AB 2543 (Berg) - Geriatric and Gerontology Workforce Expansion Act

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:30 AM
      SENATE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (Room 4203)
      * SB 1259 (Margett) - Crimes Against Elders and Dependent Adults

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 10:00 AM (note time change)
      ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE (Room 4202)
      Note: continues upon adjournment of the Assembly Floor Session - room to be announced
      * AB 1900 (Nava) - Senior Services: Fees and Penalties

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 1:30 PM


      ASSEMBLY HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 1875 (Huff) - Residential Care Facilities: Overconcentration: Licensure Applications: Local Notification
      * AB 2101 (Wolk) Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly: Emergency Plans: Rate Increases

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY INSURANCE COMMITTEE (Room 437)
      * AB 2137 (Saldana) - Insurance: Rescission of Long–Term Care Contracts.
      * AB 2465 (Duvall) - Insurance: Replacement of Life and Annuity Policies

      TRANSPORTATION
      Below are bills set for hearing this week that could have some impact on accessible and affordable transportation for people with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, their families, low income families, low income workers who provide supports and services and others.

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM


      ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      * AB 2693 (Karnette) - Vehicles: Taxicabs: Seizure by Law Enforcement

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 09:30 AM

      SENATE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE (Room 112).
      * SB 1519 (Yee) - Local Taxicab Regulations
      CDCAN COMMENT: Taxicub regulations by local government should also address accessibility issues for persons with disabilities, seniors and others.

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 4:00 PM

      ASSEM BLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #5 ON TRANSPORTATION (Room 127)
      Budget Item:
      * California Transportation Commission (Budget Item 2600)
      * California Department of Transportation (Budget Item 2600)
      CDCAN COMMENT: Advocates may want to raise the issue of access compliance by CalTrans at this hearing.

      VETERANS BILLS

      Below are bills set for hearing this week impacting veterans with disabilities, mental health needs and their families.

      Following Bill had an action in Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 25, 2008:
      * AB 1818 (Fuentes) - Housing: Veterans (Hearing postponed. Rescheduled to April 1, 2008)

      Following Bills had an action in Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on March 25, 2008:
      * SB 1401 (Simitian) - Military: Outreach for Traumatic Brain Injury Screening (PASSED with amendments 5 to 0. To Appropriations)
      * SB 1572 (Wyland) - Cal-Vet Bond Act of 2008. (Urgency Bill) (PASSED 5 to 0. To Appropriations)
      * SJR16 (Wyland) - Veterans’ Hospitals: Emergency Prescriptions By Non-VA Doctors (Hearing cancelled by author)

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 09:00 AM
      ASSEMBLY BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE (Room 447)
      AB 1952 (Berg) - Business Licensing: Exemptions: Veterans

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 10:00 AM (note time change)
      ASSEMBLY JUDICIARY COMMITTEE (Room 4202)
      Note: hearing continues upon adjournment of the Assembly Floor session
      * AB1818 (Fuentes) - Housing: Veterans (hearing rescheduled from March 25)

      APRIL 1, 2008 (TUESDAY) at 4:00 PM



      ASSEMBLY VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE (Room 126)
      * AB 2670 (Salas) - Department of Veterans Affairs: Qualified Residential Rental Project Programs.
      * AB 3065 (Committee on Veterans Affairs) - Public Employment: Veterans
      * AB 3066 (Committee on Veterans Affairs) - Employment Training Panel: Veterans

      APRIL 2, 2008 (WEDNESDAY) at 4:00 PM
      ASSEMBLY BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #2 ON EDUCATION FINANCE (Room 126)
      * Overview of the Governor’s Proposed Higher Education Budget
      * Employment Training Panel: veterans.

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