Schwarzenegger signed the following bills:
SB 1248, by Sen. Elaine Alquist (D-San Jose), which will expand to all nursing home residents certain rights currently guaranteed only for Medicare or Medi-Cal beneficiaries (Bill text, 8/22).
AB 1433, by Assembly members Bill Emmerson (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and John Laird (D-Santa Cruz), which requires public kindergarten students -- or first-grade students, if they did not attend kindergarten in a public school -- by May 31 to provide proof of an oral health exam no more than 12 months before the student first enrolled in school. Public school districts must submit a report detailing such information annually to the health officer of the county education department (Bill text, 9/22).
SB 1555, by Sen. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo), will require the Department of Health Services to expand prenatal screening to include all tests recommended by medical or genetic organizations. The law also will require facilities that store umbilical cord blood to be licensed (Bill text, 9/26).
- SB 1851, by the Senate Health Committee, will amend an existing provision to require that breast cancer patients be provided with a list of alternative treatments after their diagnosis, rather than before (Bill text, 9/19).