Sacramento, CA – Three of Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills cleared the California State Senate Appropriations Committee today. The legislation, Assembly Bill 1696, which helps California’s neediest residents quit smoking; Assembly Bill 2148, which protects wildlife from drones; and Assembly Bill 2364 that strengthens dual enrollment all passed the key committee and now head to the Senate Floor. In addition, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 158 that would help students transfer credits between California universities also passed.
Assembly Bill 1696 requires tobacco cessation medications, counseling, and assessments to be covered for Medi-Cal patients. Besides the detrimental health effects, smoking takes an $18.1 billion toll on California annually, according to a University of California, San Francisco study.