Calif. Lawmaker Introduces Bill Targeting Hospitals’ ‘Patient Dumping’ Practices
The legislation is aimed at curbing the practice of hospitals discharging homeless patients who have nowhere to go.
New Bill Seeks To Put An End To 'Patient Dumping' In California
Hospitals would be required to get written confirmation from homeless shelters before discharging patients to those facilities under a bill introduced Wednesday in the California State Senate. The bill, carried by Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Azusa, is designed to curb the practice known as hospital patient “dumping,” or discharging poor people to the streets, shelters or other agencies incapable of caring for them. (Hubert, 2/15)
In other news from Sacramento —
State Senate Bill Would Triple Penalties For Refinery Air Violations
State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, wants to triple some of the most serious penalties local air districts can levy against oil companies when their refineries violate emissions regulations. Dodd, who represents a district that’s home to refineries owned by Shell, Tesoro and Valero, introduced legislation on Wednesday that would raise the limits on certain fines for the first time in decades. (Goldberg, 2/15)