The following are bills in the California State Senate or Assembly that concern children’s health issues and are either in committee or chaptered. For the complete language and history of each bill, click HERE and plug in the bill #.
SB 1210 (Florez) Soda Tax: This bill would levy a tax on soda and other sugar sweetened beverages of a penny for every teaspoon of added sugar. The $1.5 billion raised by this tax on sugar sweetened beverages would be used to fund childhood obesity prevention. Heard 5/12 in Senate Revenue & Taxation and sent to Suspense.
AB 2084 (Brownley) Child Care Nutrition: This bill would establish nutrition guidelines for the beverages served in childcare consistent with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Passed Assembly Human Services (4-2).
Passed Assembly Appropriations and sent to Floor. Passed Assembly Floor (44-26) on 5/24. Passed Senate Health (6-1) on 6/23. Heard in Senate Appropriations on 7/15 and sent to Suspense File. On Senate Suspense Calendar to be heard 8/12 upon adjournment of Session.
SB 1255 (Padilla) School Nutrition: Beverages: This bill would restrict the sale of electrolyte replacement beverages (sports drinks) from being sold at schools during regular school hours effective on July 1, 2011. Passed Senate Health (6-3). Passed Senate Education (6-2). Passed Senate Floor (21-11) on 5/27. Passed Assembly Education (5-2) on 6/16. Passed Assembly Health (12-4) on 6/29. Awaiting Hearing in Assembly Appropriations. On Assembly Suspense Calendar to be heard 8/12 upon adjournment of Session.
SB 1413 (Leno) Schools / Food Services Area Water: This bill would require school districts to make free, fresh drinking water available in school food service areas by January 1st, 2012. Passed Senate Education (6-2). Passed Senate Appropriations (7-3) as amended on 5/27. Passed Senate Floor (21-13) on 6/2 and moved to Assembly. Passed Assembly Education (6-2) on 6/30. On Assembly Floor.
SCR 77 (Correa) Childhood Obesity Prevention and Fitness Week: Read and adopted in Senate (23-5). In Assembly Rules.
AB 537 (Arambula) Farmers Markets: Electronic Benefit Transfers: Passed Senate Human Services (4-1) on 6/30, referred to Senate Appropriations.
AB 2100 (Coto) Soda Tax: This bill would impose a tax on every distributor, as defined, at the rate of one cent ($0.01) per teaspoon of added caloric sweetener in the bottled sweetened beverage or concentrate upon every person who makes the first sale in this state of bottled sweetened beverage or concentrate and on every person who
uses or consumes, or places into a vending machine or retail stock, untaxed bottled sweetened beverage or concentrate, as provided sold or offered for sale to a retailer in this state, and on a retailer who sells
bottled sweetened beverages or concentrate in this state to consumers on which the tax has not been paid by a distributor. Heard 5/5 in Assembly Revenue & Taxation and sent to Suspense.
AB 2298 (Torlakson) Education: Physical Education: This bill would require the department to periodically update the rules and regulations relating to physical education consistent with the Education Code and content standards developed by the State Board of Education. The bill would specify that the physical education manual
that must be distributed to teachers in the public schools be consistent with the requirements for physical education outlined in the Education Code and the content standards adopted by the state board. Please refer to the bill for additional language. Passed Assembly Education (6-0) with amendments. Passed Assembly Appropriations (12-5) as amended on 5/28. Passed Assembly Floor (53-20) on 6/2 and moved to Senate. Passed Senate Education (6-2) on 6/30, referred to Senate Appropriations.
AB 2468 (de Leon) Lactation Accommodation: Workplace Designation: This bill would authorize an employer to use the designation “Breast-Feeding Mother-Friendly Workplace” in its promotional
materials if the employer submits its workplace breast-feeding policy to the Labor Commissioner and the Labor Commissioner determines that the employer’s policy provides for specified criteria. Passed Assembly Labor & Employment (5-0) with amendments. Passed Assembly Appropriations (6-1) on 4/21. Passed the Assembly Floor (63-7) on 4/26. Passed Senate Labor & Industrial Relations (4-1). Passed Senate Appropriations (7-1) on 7/15. Passed Senate 8/11.
AB 2705 (Hall) Education: Physical Education: This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to increase the flexibility of joint use policies and practices that will allow schools and communities to optimize resources, share costs, and identify creative solutions to increase access to safe places to play and exercise. Please refer to the bill for additional language. Passed Assembly Education (7-0) with amendments. Heard in Assembly Appropriations and sent to Suspense. Held under submission.
AB 2720 (Perez) Public Health / Food Justice: This bill would create the California Healthy Food Financing
Initiative. It would require, by July 1, 2011, the Department of Food and Agriculture, in consultation with the State Department of Public Health and the State Department of Social Services, to provide prepare
recommendations, to be presented upon request to the Legislature, regarding actions that need to be taken to promote food access in the state. It would also require the Department of Food and Agriculture to coordinate efforts to implement the initiative and maximize the funding opportunities provided by the federal 2010 Healthy Food Financing Initiative. Please refer to the bill for additional language. Passed Assembly Agriculture (7-0). Passed Assembly Appropriations (12-5). Passed Assembly Floor (53-22). Passed Senate Health (6-2) on 6/30, referred to Senate Appropriations.