April 11, 2002
Urgent legislative action required
Two very dangerous bills will be voted on next week.
(R-Granada Hills) California Emergency
Health Powers Act.
In response to the September 11 attacks, the Centers for Disease
drafted a model Emergency Health Powers
Act, which is being reviewed by
several states. However, the CDC model has received an avalanche of opposition
from both liberal and conservative quarters. AB 1763 is no less divisive.
This bill authorizes
the governor to unilaterally
declare a state of public health emergency and suspend statutes. It gives
unelected public health authorities absolute power to enforce their orders
with the use of the police and national guard. Other concerns include:
1) forcing citizens to undergo medical exams, tests, vaccinations and treatments;
2) quarantining people merely on suspicion of being exposed to a communicable
3) allowing the tracking and sharing
of personal health information --
under specified exceptions --
without the individual's consent;
4) seizing and destroying private property without compensation;
5) coercing medical personnel to treat people without compensation under
threat of losing their license to practice;
6) being unnecessary and duplicative of current
7) using dangerously undefined and vague terms.
AB 1763 is being heard in the Assembly Health Committee. For
more information about his bill, including a sample letter, CRI's letter
contact information for committee members,
Wednesday, April 17
AB 2160 (Goldberg, Wesson, Strom-Martin) This is the CTA
power-grab bill. Contrary to the
CTA-sponsored ads, which claim this
bill will give teachers a bigger voice in the selection of curricula and
are running throughout the
state, AB 2160 is nothing more than a monumental power grab by union bosses.
If passed, this bill will allow -- not teachers and parents -- but union
representatives to decide what your children are taught, what standards will
be followed and who will judge if those standards are met -- all through
the "collective-bargaining" process
behind closed doors. It even allows the union to decide under what conditions
parents can be
AB 2160 is not even being heard in the Education Committee, where it should
property be heard, but in the Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security
To read CRI's letter of opposition, and for committee members and contact
Capitol Resource Institute, 1414
K Street, Ste 200. Sacramento, CA 95814. (916) 498-1940.
Fax (916) 448-2888.