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Bill:CA ACR 163 - Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
Summary:Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Sponsor(s):Mark Ridley-Thomas (D)
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 9, 2014

Bill:CA ACR 172 - Diabetes Awareness Month
Summary:Establishes the November 2014 is Diabetes Awareness Month in California. Individuals are encouraged to seek early screening and early treatment to reduce the rate of diabetes and its complications among high-risk populations; health care workers are encouraged to improve care for the control of diabetes and the treatment of major complications; health care providers are encouraged, as they detect and treat the emerging diabetes epidemic, to engage in an aggressive program with their patients that includes a
Sponsor(s):Beth Gaines (R)
As of 10/21/2014: Adopted September 11, 2014

Bill:CA HB 459 - Public contracts and healthy, sustainable food
Summary:Would require that at least 50% of the food offered in a vending machine on state property, meet accepted nutritional guidelines by January 1, 2015, 75% compliance by January 1, 2016, and 100% compliance by January 1, 2017. On and after January 1, 2016, the bill would also require that 100% of beverages also meet the accepted nutritional guidelines. The bill would revise the definition of accepted nutritional guidelines for this purpose.
Sponsor(s):Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell (D)
As of 5/30/2013: Failed to pass
As of 5/28/2013: In Committee, second hearing, held under submission, i.e. an action taken by a committee when a bill is heard and there is an indication that the author and the committee members want to work on or discuss the bill further, but there is no motion for the bill to progress out of committee. This does not preclude the bill from being set for another hearing.
As of 5/13/2013: First hearing, referred to Committee on Appropriations suspense file, i.e. awaiting budgetary considerations
As of 5/2/2013: Hearing postponed by Committee
As of 4/26/2013: Passed by Committee, re-referred to Committee on Appropriations
As of 4/26/2013: April 22, 2013: Read second time, amended, re-referred to Committee on Business, Professions and Consumer Protection
As of 4/25/2013: April 18, 2013: Second reading
As of 4/25/2013: April 18, 2013: Bill amended and passed by Committee
As of 3/4/2013: Referred to Committee on Business, Professions, & Consumer Protection
As of 2/22/2013: May be heard in Committee on March 22, 2013
As of 2/21/2013: Introduced, first reading

Bill:CA HB 682 - Prohibition on plumped poultry
Summary:Would prohibit chicken or turkey sold in any state-owned or state-leased building at food concessions and cafeterias from being "plumped" in any way, ie the injection of saltwater, chicken stock, seaweed extract, or some combination thereof into the poultry, to increase its weight and price. The practice of "plumping" chicken or turkey can increase the sodium content by up to 500 percent.
Sponsor(s):Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D)
As of 5/6/2013: Passed by Committee, re-referred to Committee on Education
As of 5/2/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review
As of 5/1/2013: Read second time and amended
As of 5/1/2013: Amended and re-referred to Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review
As of 4/29/2013: Re-referred to Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review
As of 4/26/2013: Read second time and amended
As of 4/26/2013: Bill amended and re-referred to Committee
As of 3/6/2013: Referred to Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review
As of 2/25/2013: Introduced, first reading, may be heard in Committee on March 24, 2013

Bill:CA SB 747 - Public Health Epidemic Protection Act of 2013
Summary:Would require the Department of Public Health to conduct a risk assessment for every product intended for consumer consumption for which it has credible evidence that the product significantly contributes to a significant public epidemic and has a fiscal impact on the state of $50,000,000 or more. The Department would be authorized to charge the manufacturer for the risk assessment, require a mitigation plan for the impact on public health of their products, and suspend or restrict the sales of the product
Sponsor(s):Senator Mark DeSaulnier (D)
As of 5/29/2013: April 25, 2013: Hearing postponed by Committee
As of 5/29/2013: April 23, 2013: Assigned to Committee on Health and Environmental Quality, hearing cancelled twice upon request of author, bill amended by author
As of 5/29/2013: February 22, 2013: Introduced

Bill:CA AB 1661 - Healthy Options for Everyone Act
Summary:This bill would enact the Healthy Options for Everyone (HOPE) Act of 2014, and authorize a city, county, or city and county, after a public hearing, to establish by ordinance a HOPE Incentive Zone within its boundaries for the purpose of increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, and other grown foods within the zone. This bill would require a city, county, or city and county to analyze specific factors, including, but not limited to, population density and transportation, when considering
Sponsor(s):Rob Bonta (D)
As of 2/16/2014: For status updates, visit the state legislature's website.