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April 17, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Controversial Legislation Brings Thousands to Halls of the Capitol

It is a busy time in the state legislature.  Many bills are being considered that ignite the electorate.  Rallies on the Capitol steps and crowds adorned with matching t-shirts have descended upon the city. 

The controversial issues of physician-assisted suicide, undermining pro-life pregnancy centers and mandatory vaccines are three bills among those drawing the greatest opposition.

April 10, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

SB 128 Passes Committee, But List of Disability Rights Groups Opposing Grows

The controversial physician-assisted suicide bill (SB128) passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.  The development was widely anticipated since four co-authors of the dangerous legislation serve on the seven-member panel.  (See who has voted for or against the bill so far.)  The bill now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

March 27, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Emotional Testimony, Not Facts, Propels Passage of Assisted Suicide Bill in Senate Committee

On March 25, in a packed hearing room at the state Capitol, the Senate Health Committee voted 6 to 2 in favor of SB 128, California’s doctor-prescribed suicide bill. Democrats voted in favor, with the two Republicans opposed. Senator Richard Pan, a Democrat from Sacramento and a physician, abstained. 

March 20, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Maximum Family Grant Placing Subtle Pressure on Poor Women

Masked in political rhetoric, the image of the “welfare mom” pulses with stereotype.  These stereotypes persisted even after the start of federal caps for assistance that were written into law when “welfare as we know it” was reformed in the 1990’s.

There are currently 15 states in the U.S. including California, that have maintained “family caps” - denying additional benefits to families who have more children and who have received aid in the previous 10 months prior to the child’s birth. 

March 13, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Addressing “Income Inequality” – How to Help the Poor and Reward Employment

A phrase increasingly used to describe the financial difficulties of lower- and middle-income Americans is “income inequality.” 

March 6, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

2015 Legislative Preview

A flood of bills hit the California Legislature as the deadline for submission of new legislation arrived last week.  Lawmakers will now start hearings on more than 2,400 bills introduced in the first year of its two-year session.

February 27, 2015 Public Policy Insights, Publications

Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Subsidies for Health Coverage

On March 4, the U. S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case, King v. Burwell, claiming that subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) are available only for those who enroll through exchanges “established by the State,” as the law is worded.