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1. HEALTH CARE STUDY........................................VO/SOT

2. SENATE BILLS...........................................UNSCRIPTED

3. ASSEMBLY BILLS......................................UNSCRIPTED

4. 911 KIDS...............................................................VO/SOT

1. HEALTH CARE STUDY VO/SOT

LIVE:

A PUBLIC POLICY GROUP AFFILIATED WITH THE STATE'S BUSINESS INTERESTS SAYS TOO-LOW PAYMENTS FROM GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS ARE THE BIGGEST CAUSE OF WHAT'S BEEN CALLED THE HIDDEN TAX OF MEDICAL CARE. THE STUDY FROM THE

CALIFORNIA FOUNDATION FOR COMMERCE AND EDUCATION INDICATES

HOSPITALS AND DOCTORS SHIFT THE UNPAID COSTS OF MEDICARE AND MEDI-CAL PATIENTS ONTO PRIVATE INSURANCE POLICYHOLDERS.

SUPER: TODAY/ CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:25)

THE STUDY WAS WRITTEN BY STANFORD UNIVERSITY BUSINESS PROFESSOR DANIEL KESSLER, WHO ANALYZED HOW HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS SUBSIDIZE THEIR MEDICAL COSTS FOR SOME PATIENTS BY CHARGING OTHER PATIENTS MORE. THIS COST SHIFTING IS SOMETIMES CALLED A HIDDEN TAX BY ADVOCATES OF HEALTH CARE REFORM. KESSLER SAYS HIS ANALYSIS INDICATES PRIVATE INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE PAYING ABOUT NINE PERCENT OF THE COST OF TREATING MEDICARE AND MEDI-CAL PATIENTS, MORE THAN FIVE TIMES THE AMOUNT FOR TREATING PATIENTS WITH NO MEDICAL INSURANCE.

SUPER: DAVID KESSLER/PROFESSOR/STANFORD UNIVERSITY

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SAYS: "PRIVATE INSURANCE SHOULDN'T BE BURDENED, IT WITH COSTS GOING UP AS THEY ARE EVEN NOTWITHSTANDING MEDICARE, PRIVATE INSURANCE SHOULDN'T BE BURDENED WITH THE COST OF PAYING FOR PART OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAL. BUT THE ANSWER TO THAT, INCREASING PUBLIC PROGRAM RE-IMBURSEMENT RATES COSTS MONEY, RIGHT, IT'S GOT TO COME FROM SOMEWHERE, AND THAT'S THE TRADEOFF. THAT'S THE DIFFICULT QUESTION."

SUPER: ANTHONY WRIGHT/HEALTH ACCESS

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SAYS: "ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S, UH, VERY IMPORTANT IS THIS NOTION THAT WE ALL PAY MORE IF MCDONALDS AND WAL-MART AND K-F-C PAY LESS. IF A LOT OF EMPLOYERS ARE PROVIDING HEALTH COVERAGE TO THEIR WORKERS, BUT SOME EMPLOYERS ARE NOT, THAT'S GOING TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON ALL OF US."

VO TAG:

ANTHONY WRIGHT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH ACCESS, WHICH ADVOCATES UNIVERSAL, AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, SAYS HE HAS NOT READ THE STUDY RELEASED TODAY, BUT SAYS GOVERNMENT SHOULD INCREASE FUNDING FOR ITS MEDICAL CARE PROGRAMS, AND ALL EMPLOYERS SHOULD PAY FOR THEIR EMPLOYEE'S BASIC MEDIAL COVERAGE.

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: DAVID KESSLER/PROFESSOR/STANFORD UNIVERSITY

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SAYS: "PRIVATE PAYERS ARE PAYING, UH PAYING MORE BECAUSE OF MEDICARE AND MEDI-CAL REIMBURSEMENT RATES. SIGNIFICANTLY MORE. THEY ARE NOT REALLY PAYING SIGNIFICANTLY MORE DUE TO THE UNINSURED."

SUPER: ANTHONY WRIGHT/HEALTH ACCESS

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SAYS: "WHERE I WOULD FOCUS IS A, ON TRYING TO GET THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THOSE EMPLOYERS WHO DON'T UH, FULLY, UH FUND OR PROVIDE HEALTH COVERAGE TO THEIR WORKERS, NUMBER TWO, REALLY LOOK AT WHERE, UH, MONEY GOES THAT WE PAY IN PREMIUMS TO INSURERS, REALLY HAVE A PROCESS OF REVIEWING, HAVING THE RATES OF INSURERS BE TRANSPARENT AND JUSTIFIED, AND THREE, REALLY FOCUS ON THE PREVENTION ASPECTS OF THIS."

2. SENATE BILLS UNSCRIPTED

FEEDING GENERIC VIDEO OF SENATE FLOOR AND PERATA DELIVERING PETITIONS TO THE GOVERNOR FOLLOWED BY SOUNDBITES UNSCRIPTED TO SAVE TIME ON FEED.

INFO: THE STATE SENATE TODAY APPROVED THE "VOTE US OUT OF IRAQ" MEASURE THAT WOULD ALLOW CALIFORNIANS TO TAKE PART IN AN ADVISORY, NON BINDING VOTE IN THE FEBRUARY 2008 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ASKING FOR A QUICK, SAFE WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ. THE SENATE ARGUED THE PROS AND CONS OF THE BILL FOR ABOUT 45 MINUTES, WITH THE BILL PASSING, WITH DEMOCRATS APPROVING AND REPUBLICANS REJECTING THE MEASURE. THE BILL REQUIRES A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE IN BOTH HOUSES AND THE GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE TO QUALIFY. MINDFUL OF THAT, SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA (D-OAKLAND) AND AUTHOR OF THE BILL, DELIVERED A BOX WITH 10 THOUSAND PETITIONS SIGNED BY CALIFORNIANS IN COASTAL AND INLAND COMMUNITIES ASKING THE GOVERNOR TO PLACE THIS ADVISORY MEASURE ON THE BALLOT. THE GOVERNOR HAS NOT OFFICIALLY TAKEN A POSITION ON THE PERATA BILL. THE SENATE ALSO APPROVED A BILL BY SENATOR GLORIA ROMERO (D-LOS ANGELES) THAT WOULD ESTABLISH AN INDEPENDENT SENTENCING COMMISSION TO PROVIDE GUIDELINES TO THE LEGISLATURE ON CRIMINAL SENTENCING IN WHAT SHE TERMS AN EFFORT TO REDUCE OVERCROWDING IN PRISON AND MAXIMIZE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TIME WHILE FELONS ARE INCARCERATED. THE SENATE ALSO PASSED THREE BILLS BY SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ (D-SHAFTER) THAT CALL FOR MORE STRINGENT INSPECTIONS OF LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES INCLUDING SPINACH WHICH ALL GROWERS MUST PARTICIPATE IN TO SELL THEIR PRODUCE IN CALIFORNIA. THE BILL WOULD ALSO EXPAND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES OVERSIGHT ABILITY WITH ADDITIONAL INSPECTORS AND THE ABILITY TO CRACK DOWN ON GROWERS NOT COMPLYING WITH THE ESTABLISHED SAFE GROWING STANDARDS. THIS BILL WAS PASSED IN LIGHT OF THE E-COLI OUTBREAK IN SPINACH LAST YEAR THAT SICKENED MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

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SUPER: SENATOR GLORIA ROMERO/D-LOS ANGELES

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SAYS: "IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE LANGUAGE IN THE BILL, WE DO NOT CHANGE THE LEGISLATURE'S OPPORTUNITY AND ABILITY TO CONTINUE TO DEFINE WHAT THE CRIMES ARE, BUT THE SENTENCING COMMISSION ITSELF, THE GOAL OF ONE A GOOD SENTENCING COMMISSION THAT IS INDEPENDENT AND STRONG SHOULD BE ABLE TO SET ASIDE THE POLITICS AND MAKE GOOD. WE MAY FIND SOME TIME IS ADDED TO CRIMES."

SOT: (:20)

SAYS: "ESTAMOS EN UNA CRISIS EN EL SISTEMA DE PRISIONES ... Y LOS FONDOS."

SUPER: SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA/D-OAKLAND

SOT: (:26)

SAYS: "PEOPLE HAVE SAID THIS ISN'T THE STATES BUSINESS, WE HAVE PLENTY TO DO BY OURSELVES OR SOMEHOW BY SPEAKING OUT WE ARE GOING TO DISILLUSION OUR TROOPS OR WORSE STILL GIVE AID AND COMFORT TO TERRORISTS, WELL, JUST LIKE WAR, PEACE IS CONTROVERSIAL. THIS BILL DOES TAKE AN UNUSUAL STEP BUT IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES, YOU HAVE TO TAKE EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES."

SUPER: SENATE REPUBLICAN LEADER DICK ACKERMAN/R-TUSTIN

SOT: (:30)

SAYS: "FOR PEOPLE THAT WANT TO HANDLE FEDERAL ISSUES AND THERE'S A FEW IN THIS HOUSE, THEY SHOULD RUN FOR CONGRESS AND DO THEIR JOB BACK THERE, OUR TAX PAYERS ELECTED US TO HANDLE THE ISSUES FACING US RIGHT NOW INCLUDING ISSUES WE HAVEN'T SOLVED LIKE THE BUDGET, EDUCATION, WATER, HEALTH CARE, ENERGY AND THE LIST GOES ON, AND ON AND ON. WE SHOULD NOT BE SPENDING THE TIME AND MONEY NOW DISCUSSING THIS DEBATE INSTEAD OF THESE VERY IMPORTANT ISSUES."

SUPER: SENATOR JENNY OROPEZA/D-LONG BEACH

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SAYS: "YES CALIFORNIANS CARE ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND THE DOMESTIC ISSUES THAT WE FACE TODAY IN THIS CHAMBER, YES THEY DO. BUT THEY WANT THEY WANT US OUT OF IRAQ."

SUPER: SENATOR JEFF DENHAM/R-MERCED

SOT: (:35)

SAYS: "AS A MEMBER WHO SERVED MY COUNTRY PROUDLY WHEN I WAS IN SAUDI ARABIA, HAD I HAD MY STATE TAKE A POSITION HAD MY STATE DONE A POLL AND TOLD ME AS A YOUNG AIRMAN THAT WE NEEDED TO SURRENDER AND HAVE AN IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL DATE, NOT ONLY WOULD IT HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATING AND DISAPPOINTING, BUT WOULD HAVE THREATENED THE SECURITY OF MYSELF, AND THOSE I WAS SERVING WITH AND UNDERMINES THE MISSION OF THE MILITARY."

SUPER: SENATOR SHEILA KUEHL/D-SANTA MONICA

SOT: (:29)

SAYS: "I SPENT ONLY A MONTH VISITING THE TROOPS IN 1969 WHICH DOESN'T MAKE ME AN EXPERT. BUT THE YOUNG MEN WERE WELL AWARE THERE WERE PEOPLE AT HOME DIDN'T BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE IN THAT WAR AND THEY TOLD ME THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE IN THAT WAR EITHER."

THE FOLLOWING PERATA BITE AND FLOREZ BITE IN ITS ENTIRETY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEB.

SUPER: SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE DON PERATA/D-OAKLAND

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SAYS: "PEOPLE HAD TO ACTUALLY FILL IT OUT AND PUT MONEY ON IT AND I TOLD THEM I WOULD DELIVER THEM TO THE GOVERNOR SO HE WOULD GET THE IDEA THAT THIS IS NOT AS CYNICAL AN IDEA AS PERHAPS HAS BEEN PORTRAYED BY SOME. THE GOVERNOR HAS EXPRESSED SOME CONCERN BUT TOOK HIS AGENDA TO THE PEOPLE IN A SPECIAL ELECTION THAT WAS COSTLY SO I DON'T THINK HE'S GOING TO TAKE AWAY THE OPPORTUNITY FOR VOTERS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES."

SUPER: SENATOR DEAN FLOREZ/D-SHAFTER

SOT: (:22)

SAYS: "OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE WE TAKE THESE MARKETING AGREEMENTS TO EVERY SINGLE FARM THAT IS PRODUCING LEAFY GREENS HAS TO BE GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE WE TAKE THESE STATUTES SO EVERY FARM THAT PRODUCES SPINACH AND LEAFY GREENS HAS TO DO GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AND NOT ONE IS EXEMPTED. AND ONE EXEMPTION CAN RUIN IT NOT JUST FOR THE FARMING INDUSTRY BUT CAUSE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF DEATHS THE BILLS THAT PASSED THE SENATE TODAY BASICALLY SAY THOSE DAYS ARE OVER."

3. ASSEMBLY BILLS UNSCRIPTED

INFO: THE ASSEMBLY THIS MORNING TOOK UP THE LLOYD LEVINE (D-VAN NUYS) MEASURE TO REQUIRE NEUTERING AND SPAYING OF MOST DOGS AND CATS BY FOUR MONTHS OLD, DEBATING THE ISSUE FOR NEARLY AN HOUR DURING FLOOR SESSION. THE BILL HAS 37 VOTES AND REMAINS ON CALL AS THE AUTHOR HOPES TO GET FOUR MORE VOTES REQUIRED FOR PASSAGE. SURPRISINGLY TO THE AUTHOR AND OBSERVERS, ONE REPUBLICAN ADDED HIS SUPPORT AFTER LEVINE AGREED TO AMEND THE BILL IN THE SENATE TO REQUIRE A SO CALLED FIX IT TICKET, TO GIVE PEOPLE A CHANCE TO NEUTER OR SPAY THEIR PET, RATHER THAN AUTOMATICALLY IMPOSE A 500 DOLLAR FINE FOR NON COMPLIANCE. SOME DEMOCRATS CAST NO VOTES. ASSEMBLYMAN TODD SPITZER WAS THE ONLY REPUBLICAN TO VOTE IN SUPPORT OF THE MEASURE. LEVINE'S BILL ON LIGHT BULBS IS EXPECTED TO GO TO A VOTE LATER TODAY. THE BILL HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO SET GUIDELINES FOR INCREASED ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF LIGHT BULBS AND SAFE DISPOSAL OF FLUORESCENT BULBS WITH THEIR TRACE AMOUNTS OF MERCURY RATHER THAN A FULL BAN OF INCANDESCENT BULBS WHICH HAD GARNERED NATIONAL ATTENTION. THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL IS NOW EXPECTED TO COME UP ON THE FLOOR TOMORROW. A SENTENCING COMMISSION BILL IN THE ASSEMBLY ALSO PASSED EARLY THIS AFTERNOON.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:50)

EXTRA BITES:

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN TODD SPITZER/R-ORANGE

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SAYS: "IF IT WAS A FIX IT TICKET, THAT IS WHERE A CITIZENS PET WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IT WAS NOT SPAYED OR NEUTERED AND THEY WERE FINED 500 DOLLARS, IT SEEMS TO ME THE REASONABLE AND RATIONAL THING TO DO IS IF THEY AGREE TO HAVE THEIR PET SPAYED OR NEUTERED THE FINE AS A MATTER OF LAW WOULD BE WAIVED, SHALL BE WAIVED. CUZ WE'RE TRYING TO INCENTIVIZE PEOPLE TO BE RESPONSIBLE, NOT REACH INTO THEIR POCKET AND PAY A 500 DOLLAR FINE."

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN LLOYD LEVINE/D-VAN NUYS

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SAYS: "WE WILL AMEND THAT BILL IN THE SENATE IT SHALL BE WAIVED, NOT MAY BE WAIVED, THE INTENT HERE WAS TO GET PEOPLE ACT RESPONSIBLY AND ALTER THEIR ANIMALS AND I WILL COMMIT TO YOU HERE TODAY IN FRONT OF THE BODY AS A WITNESS TO TAKE THAT AMENDMENT IN THE SENATE WE WILL MAKE IT SHALL BE WAIVED, I APPRECIATE THAT CONCERN AND APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT."

SUPER: ASSEMBLYMAN DOUG LA MALFA/R-RICHVALE

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SAYS: "WHO HAS TIME TO POLICE ALL THIS STUFF WHO IN THEIR BUSY LIVES CAN KEEP TRACK OF THE TIME WHEN THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO HAUL THEIR ANIMAL IN TO GET THIS DONE. I THINK THIS IS MICROMANAGEMENT AT ITS WORST, ALL DUE RESPECT TO MY FRIEND THE AUTHOR THERE, BUT IT'S A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHY THIS LEGISLATURE BECOMES A LAUGHING STOCK. THEY WANT TO REACH INTO YOUR PRIVATE LIFE AND TELL YOU THIS IS HOW YOU WANT TO HANDLE YOUR ANIMAL'S REPRODUCTIVE CAPACITY."

4. 9-1-1 KIDS VO/SOT

LIVE:

FIVE CALIFORNIA SCHOOL CHILDREN WERE HONORED TODAY AT THE STATE CAPITOL FOR THEIR PROPER USE OF THE 9-1-1 EMERGENCY CALL SYSTEM. THE CHILDREN MADE CALLS TO REPORT CRIMES IN PROGRESS, A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, OR TO RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO PERFORM FIRST AID.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

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STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL SAYS TODAY'S 9-1-1 FOR KIDS HEROES CEREMONY SHOWCASES CALIFORNIA'S 9-1-1 EDUCATION PROGRAM, WHICH TEACHES STUDENTS WHEN AND HOW TO USE THE 9-1-1 SYSTEM, AND WHEN IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO CALL 9-1-1. THE FIVE STUDENTS TODAY RECEIVED HEROES MEDALS OF HONOR AND CERTIFICATES OF COMMENDATION.

SUPER: STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION JACK O'CONNELL/D-SAN LUIS OBISPO

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SAYS: "THESE STUDENTS REALLY ARE HEROES. THESE ARE LIFESAVING SITUATIONS THAT IN REALLY THE DRAMA OF THE MOMENT THE STUDENTS KNEW HOW TO REACT, KNEW WHAT TO SAY, KNEW TO PROVIDE THAT LIFELINE OF SUPPORT SOL THAT THE EMERGENCY COULD BE ADDRESSED IN AN APPROPRIATE, P[ROPER AND IMMEDIATE MANNER."

VO TAG:

9-1-1 DISPATCHERS WHO RECEIVED THE CALLS FROM THE CHILDREN WERE ALSO RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR EFFORTS DURING THE EMERGENCIES.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

THE HOME TOWNS OF THE FIVE AWARD RECIPIENTS WERE NOT LISTED IN THE MATERIALS PROVIDED AT TODAY'S CEREMONY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RECIPIENTS, CALL CHRIS DIAMANTAKIS @ (714) 894-5450.

SPANISH BITE:

SUPER: CHIEF ART ACEVEDO/CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL

SOT: (0:18)

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