Legislation (AB 249) by Eng would have included other medical professionals under a state law prohibiting physicians and surgeons from including provisions in a malpractice settlement agreement that bar the other party from reporting the case to a state regulatory agency (Bill Text, 9/20). In his veto statement, Schwarzenegger argued that the bill would have eliminated protections that help ensure that cases are resolved in a satisfactory manner for both parties (Veto statement, 9) (.pdf).
Under SB 534 by Senate President Pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland), dental hygienists would have operated under a separate state licensing board and no longer under the Dental Board of California. The measure also would have reauthorized the dental board, which is set to expire July 1, 2008 (Bill Text, 9/14). The governor vetoed the bill, arguing that it would have increased licensure fees for dental hygienists and dental assistants without adding protections for consumers (Veto statement, 10/14) (.pdf).
SB 615 by Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach) would have established a scholarship and loan repayment program for pharmacy technician students who agree to serve in areas of California with shortages of technicians (Bill Text, 9/6). Schwarzenegger cited the existence of a similar scholarship program in his veto message and wrote that the shortage of pharmacy technicians is not well documented (Veto statement, 10/13) (.pdf).