By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on action in the California Legislature (all times local):

6:10 p.m.

The California Senate has rejected legislation that would have required doctors to tell their patients that they are on probation with the state medical board.

Democratic Sen. Jerry Hill of San Mateo says patients have a right to know if their doctor has been sanctioned by a state licensing panel for substance abuse, negligence, sexual misconduct or other allegations.

But several of Hill’s fellow Democrats say SB1033 would punish health care providers who haven’t had a chance to defend themselves. The measure would have applied to doctors, naturopaths, acupuncturists, podiatrists and chiropractors.

Consumers Union, the advocacy group that publishes Consumer Reports, says California would have been the first state to require such comprehensive disclosures.


5:35 p.m.

The California Assembly is adding to a slate of Democratic proposals aimed at preventing gun violence.

Three proposals approved Wednesday are unique from about a dozen others that already cleared the Senate.

AB1674 by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles would cap all firearm purchases at one gun per person per month. California law currently applies the limit to handguns only.

AB2607 by Assemblyman Phil Ting of San Francisco would allow employers, colleagues, therapists and teachers to secretly ask a court to keep someone from purchasing guns. Existing law allows family and police to do so.

AB1695 by Assemblyman Rob Bonta of Alameda would criminalize knowingly making a false report of a stolen gun.

Firearm advocates say the proposals would not keep people from finding a way to hurt others.


5:25 p.m.

The California Senate is supporting a bill that commits the state to cover up to $250 million in cost overruns as part of Los Angeles’ bid for the 2024 Olympics.

SB1465 cleared the Senate in a 35-1 vote Wednesday and goes next to the Assembly.

Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles says the financial guarantee would boost LA’s chances in its bid against Paris, Rome and Budapest, Hungary. De Leon says Los Angeles has a history of conducting profitable Olympics and would be highly unlikely to draw on state money.

The state provided similar financial guarantees for Los Angeles’ bid for the 2016 Olympics and San Francisco’s attempt to land the 2012 games.


4:35 p.m.

Pharmaceutical companies and health plans would be required to report more information about drug prices under legislation advancing in the California Legislature.

The Senate approved SB1010 in a 24-8 vote Wednesday, sending it to the Assembly.

Democratic Sen. Ed Hernandez of West Covina says his bill will provide more transparency on drug prices, which he hopes will tamp down on rising costs. He points to generic drugs with recent price spikes and an expensive new hepatitis C cure.

The bill would require drug makers to give notice and justification before increasing prices more than 10 percent. It also would require health plans to report the costliest drugs and the percentage of premiums attributable to drug costs.

Republican Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula says the legislation would discourage expensive life-saving research.


4 p.m.

The California Senate is backing a 15 percent sales tax for medical marijuana.

State officials estimate the bill approved Wednesday would raise about $250 million per year, much of it for state parks, drug treatment programs and the state general fund.

Democratic Sen. Mike McGuire of Healdsburg says his bill will also generate money to help local governments manage marijuana-related problems.

Senators approved SB987 on a 27-9 vote, sending it to the state Assembly.

Critics say taxing medical marijuana will harm poor users who rely on its medicinal benefits.

McGuire says he’ll change the bill in the Assembly to ensure people with low incomes don’t pay the tax.


10 a.m.

The California Senate is advancing a bill to eliminate the state’s 10-year statute of limitations on rape and child molestation charges.

The legislation approved Wednesday was driven in part by prosecutors’ difficulty in pursuing sexual assault charges against Bill Cosby.

Earlier this year, several of Cosby’s accusers told a Senate committee that they were unable to bring charges because they didn’t come forward years ago.

Cosby has consistently denied sexual abuse allegations made by dozens of women around the country. Some of the claims date to the 1960s.

The bill was opposed by civil rights groups and public defenders, who say it won’t resolve the under-prosecution of sex crimes.

Senators approved SB813 by Democratic Sen. Connie Leyva of Chino in a 32-0 vote. It goes next to the Assembly.

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