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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

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1. TAHOE FIRE UPDATE.........................................VO/SOT

2. BALD EAGLE DE LISTED....................................VO/SOT

3. POLICE TRANSPARENCY BILL..........................VO/SOT

4. ILLEGAL DRIVERS LICENSE REMOVED...........VO/SOT

5. GOP STAFF CONTROVERSY..............................VO/SOT

6. HIV TESTING........................................................VO/SOT

1. TAHOE FIRE UPDATE VO/SOT

LIVE: THE GOVERNOR COULD TOUR THE SCENE OF THE LAKE TAHOE FIRE AS SOON AS TOMORROW. HIS STAFF SAYS WHEN WILL DEPEND ON WHEN HIS VISIT WON'T IMPACT FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER IS EXPECTED TO RETURN TO LOS ANGELES AT 7:45 TONIGHT, AFTER THREE DAYS IN EUROPE.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES ANNOUNCED THE OPENING TODAY OF A LOCAL ASSISTANCE CENTER TO HELP THOSE WHO'VE BEEN DISPLACED BY THE ANGORA FIRE. THAT CENTER WILL BE STAFFED BY THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES, EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, CONTRACTOR'S STATE LICENSE BOARD, DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE, HEALTH SERVICES, THE OFFICE OF VITAL RECORDS, VETERANS AFFAIRS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES. INSURANCE COMMISSIONER STEVE POIZNER SAYS HE HAS TWO TEAMS IN TAHOE. ONE IS ASSESSING THE DISASTER TO HELP THOSE WITH INSURANCE RECEIVE CLAIMS PAYMENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND THE OTHER IS A TEAM OF FRAUD INVESTIGATORS TO ENSURE FIRE VICTIMS AREN'T DUPED BY FRAUDULENT CLAIMS PROCESSORS OR CONTRACTORS. POIZNER SAYS HE'LL ALSO MONITOR INSURANCE COMPANIES TO ENSURE CLAIMS ARE PAID IN A TIMELY MANNER.

SUPER: SUPER: STEVE POIZNER/INSURANCE COMMISSIONER/R-LOS GATOS

SOT: (:15)

SAYS: "WE WILL AUDIT THE CLAIMS PAYING BEHAVIOR OF ALL THE INSURANCE COMPANIES INVOLVED IN EVERY MAJOR NATURAL DISASTER. IF ANY HOMEOWNER HAS AN ISSUE WITH THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY OR AN ISSUE WITH HOW TO GET PAID QUICKLY OR ANY TROUBLE AT ALL, THEY NEED TO CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE."

SUPER: YESTERDAY/EL DORADO COUNTY

VO TAG: PLANS FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS ON THE LAKE ARE STILL GOING AHEAD AS PLANNED AT THIS POINT. THE EMERGENCY SERVICES DIRECTOR SAYS IF THE FIRE REMAINS IN THE CURRENT AREA, FIRE SUPPRESSION EFFORTS AND RECREATION AREAS AREN'T EXPECTED TO IMPACT ONE ANOTHER.

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SUPER: KEN PIMLOTT/ASSISTANT DEPUTY DIRECTOR/CAL-FIRE

SOT: (:29)

SAYS: "FIRE CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT CALIFORNIA CONTINUE TO OCCUR. A FIRE THAT HAS GONE FAIRLY UNNOTICED HAS BEEN THE WHITE FIRE IN KERN COUNTY BETWEEN MAHOGANY AND BAKERSFIELD, JUST SOUTH OF TEHACHIPI. THAT FIRE'S CURRENTLY 93 HUNDRED AND IS UNDER CAL FIRE UNIFIED COMMAND. WE ARE UPDATING THE FIRE AND UPDATING THE ACREAGE WE HAVE 900 PERSONNEL ASSIGNED TO THAT FIRE."

SOT: (:33)

SAYS: "THE D-C 10 ENCOUNTERED SOME TURBULENCE OVER THE FIRE, CAUSING THE PLANE TO STRIKE SEVERAL TREES, THE CREW ON THE AIR CRAFT WERE ABLE TO POWER AWAY FROM THE SCENE OF THE FIRE AND LAND THE AIRCRAFT AT VICTORVILLE AIRPORT. THE DEPARTMENT HAS CURRENTLY LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION TEAM TO EVALUATE WHAT OCCURRED AND CERTAINLY THE CONTRACT AND THE DEPARTMENT AND WHERE IT WILL BE."

SUPER: STEVE POIZNER/INSURANCE COMMISSIONER/R-LOS GATOS

SOT: (:26)

SAYS: "AFTER A LOT OF THESE NATURAL DISASTERS, SHISTERS SHOW UP TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE JUST HAD TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE THINGS HAPPEN TO THEMSELVES, THEIR FAMILIES AND HOMES. SO WE HAVE TEAMS OF FRAUD INVESTIGATORS ON THE GROUND IN SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF HOMEOWNERS TRYING TO SIGN UP AS CONTRACTORS WHO AREN'T REALLY LICENSED, SO WE'RE ON THE LOOKOUT."

SUPER: HENRY RENTERIA/DIRECTOR/OFFICE OF EMERGENCY SERVICES

SOT: (:27)

SAYS: "THERE ARE ALWAYS CONCERNS ESPECIALLY IF THE FIRE IS STILL ACTIVE, BUT NOW THAT IT IS BEING SOMEWHAT CONTAINED AND THE OUTLOOK LOOKS GOOD, I DON'T THINK IT WILL HAVE ANY MAJOR IMPACT ON THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND OF COURSE CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE EVEN AS WE SPEAK BUT WHERE THE FIRE WAS LOCATED I THINK WE CAN SECURE THAT AREA AND DO THE WORK WE NEED TO DO AND STILL ALLOW THE RECREATIONAL AREA TO CONTINUE."

2. BALD EAGLE DE LISTED VO/SOT

LIVE:

A PROPERTY RIGHT ADVOCACY GROUP SAYS FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE ATTEMPTING TO IMPOSE NEW REGULATIONS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN BALD EAGLE, DESPITE THE EAGLE BEING REMOVED FROM THE LIST OF ENDANGERED SPECIES. THE PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION SAYS THE REGULATIONS ARE NEEDED, AND ARE INTERFERING WITH LANDOWNERS' RIGHTS.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:20)

PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION ATTORNEY SONYA JONES SAYS FEDERAL EFFORTS TO PROTECT BALD EAGLES HAVE WORKED, INCREASING THE NUMBER OF BREEDING PAIRS IN THE LOWER 48 STATES FROM ABOUT 500 IN THE 1960'S TO NEARLY 10,000 TODAY. SHE SAYS THE UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE WILL REMOVE THE EAGLE FROM THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST BY THE END OF THIS WEEK AFTER THE FOUNDATION SUCCESSFULLY SUED THE AGENCY ON BEHALF OF A MINNESOTA LANDOWNER. SHE SAYS THE FEDERAL AGENCY IS NOW ATTEMPTING TO RE-INTERPRET THE BALD AND GOLDEN EAGLE PROTECTION ACT TO IMPOSE THE SAME HABITAT RESTRICTIONS THAT A WERE MANDATED BY THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT.

SUPER: SONYA JONES/ATTORNEY-PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

SOT: (0:31)

SAYS: "THOSE HAVE WORKED, AND THEN, BUT WHAT THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT HAS A MECHANISM BUILT INTO IT, THAT ONCE IT IS DETERMINED A SPECIES HAS RECOVERED, IT IS TO BE DE-LISTED AND NO FURTHER REGULATION IN SUPPORT OF THE PROTECTION OF THAT SPECIES IS NECESSARY, AND SIMPLY, THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE SEVEN, SIX, SEVEN YEARS AGO, WHEN IT WAS FIRST DETERMINED THE EAGLE NO LONGER NEEDED PROTECTION UNDER THE ACT. AND THE GOVERNMENT'S BEEN DRAGGING ITS FEET, AND IF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT WORKS AS INTENDED, ONCE RECOVERY HAS BEEN ACHIEVED, THEN THE REGULATIONS ON PRIVATE PROPERTY OWNERS SHOULD CEASE."

VO TAG:

BALD EAGLES ARE ALSO PROTECTED UNDER SEPARATE CALIFORNIA ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTIONS, BUT JONES SAYS CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS PROTECT THE BIRDS WITHOUT IMPOSING HABITAT RESTRICTIONS ON LANDOWNERS. JONES SAYS THERE ARE ABOUT 100 BREEDING PAIRS OF BALD EAGLES IN CALIFORNIA.

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SUPER: DAVID STERLING/VICE PRESIDENT-PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

SOT: (0:14)

SAYS: "WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT HAS EXISTED UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. AND SO THAT IS THE KIND OF THING THAT IS SIMPLY BEING TAKEN FROM THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND PUT INTO THE BALD AND GOLDEN EAGLE PROTECTION ACT. AND THAT IS WHAT WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT."

SUPER: SONYA JONES/ATTORNEY/PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION

SOT: (0:16)

SAYS: "THE EAGLE IS STILL UNDER ENDANGERED STATUS, AT THIS TIME, HOWEVER, THE PROTECTIONS PUT INTO PLACE BY THE STATE ACT ARE NOT NEAR AS FAR REACHING AS THE FEDERAL ACT ITSELF AND DO NOT PROTECT THE HABITAT, PER SE, BUT MORE JUST THE NEST, AND THE EAGLES THEMSELVES."

3. POLICE TRANSPARENCY BILL VO/SOT

LIVE: A BILL TO ALLOW DISCIPLINARY INFORMATION ABOUT POLICE OFFICERS TO BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC WAS HELD IN THE ASSEMBLY PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE WITHOUT A VOTE. THE LEGISLATION DREW PASSIONATE SUPPORT ON BOTH SIDES, BUT NO MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE MADE A MOTION TO PUT THE BILL TO A VOTE.

SUPER: NO SUPER/NATS ONLY

SOT: (23:45-:56)(:11)

SAYS: "SEEING NO MOTION WE'LL HOLD IT IN COMMITTEE AND PETITION TO BRING IT BACK WITH A DIFFERENT HEARING DATE IF YOU SO CHOOSE. THANK YOU SENATOR. ROMERO: WILL SOMEBODY TURN THE LIGHTS OUT IN THIS ROOM PLEASE?"

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:15) THE BILL BY LOS ANGELES SENATOR GLORIA ROMERO HAS PASSED THE SENATE. IT WOULD HAVE ALLOWED POLICE COMMISSIONS AND CITIZENS REVIEW PANELS TO RELEASE INFORMATION ABOUT DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS TO THE PUBLIC, AS THEY DID PRIOR TO A 2006 COURT CASE THAT HAS SINCE PROHIBITED THAT RELEASE. ROMERO SAYS THE BILL PROVIDES PUBLIC ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT PROCEEDINGS. POLICE LOBBYISTS SAY THE COURT DECISION ENSURED OFFICER SAFETY.

SUPER: SUPER: RON COTTINGHAM/POLICE OFFICERS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA

SOT: (:38)

SAYS: "WHEN YOU HAVE GROUPS, NEFARIOUS GROUPS SUCH AS THE CRIPS, WHEN YOU HAVE DRUG CARTELS, ORGANIZED CRIME IN AREAS LIKE BERKELEY, SAN FRANCISCO AND L-A WHERE THEY HAD OPEN HEARINGS, AND THEY USED THAT HEARING AS AN ACCESS TO GET SENSITIVE POLICE INFORMATION, THEY USED THOSE AS AN ACCESS TO GET INFORMATION ON UNDERCOVER OFFICERS, THEY USED THAT HEARING AS AN ACCESS TO GET INFORMATION ON CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANTS THAT ARE A KEY IN MANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS, THAT'S SIMPLY WRONG TO THROW THAT BACK OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, THAT'S DANGEROUS TO POLICE OPERATIONS THAT'S DANGEROUS TO THE PUBLIC BECAUSE WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE LIFE SAFER FOR THEM."

CONT. VO: (:12) ROMERO SAYS SHE WILL NOW SEE WHETHER THE ASSEMBLY SPEAKER CAN PRESSURE COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO MOVE THE BILL AND ALLOW A VOTE. SHE HOPES FOR HIS SUPPORT, GIVEN THE SPEAKER HAS CALLED FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE MAY DAY POLICE ACTIONS IN LOS ANGELES THAT LEFT A NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER, REPORTER AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC INJURED.

SUPER: SENATOR GLORIA ROMERO/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:20)

SAYS: "I SUPPORTED IT, BUT RIGHT NOW WITHOUT THIS BILL, THEY'LL NEVER KNOW WHAT THE OUTCOME OF THAT INVESTIGATION HAPPENED TO BE, I THINK THIS IS A CALL NOW FOR THE SPEAKER IS THIS SOMETHING WHERE HE WANTS TO SEE CALIFORNIA SHUT DOWN COMPLETELY IN TERMS OF THE RIGHT TO KNOW, BECAUSE OF THIS ONE COMMITTEE."

VO TAG: THE SPEAKER WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO DISCUSS WHETHER HE WILL ATTEMPT TO INFLUENCE MOVEMENT OF THE BILL.

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SUPER: RON COTTINGHAM/POLICE OFFICERS RESEARCH ASSOCIATION OF CALIFORNIA

SOT: (:17)

SAYS: "IF A COMPLAINT IS FILED AGAINST ME AND IS SUSTAINED, THE PERSON THAT FILED THE COMPLAINT, ONE THEY'RE GOING TO BE INTERVIEWED, TWO IF THERE'S A TRIAL OR HEARING, THEY'RE GONNA BE THERE TO TESTIFY, AND IF THEY CHOOSE NOT TO DO THAT THEY WILL BE SENT A NOTICE OF WHAT HAPPENED WITH THAT COMPLAINT, WHAT IS THE OUTCOME AND WHAT HAPPENED WITH IT."

SUPER: SENATOR GLORIA ROMERO/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:27)

SAYS: "IT'S REALLY A QUESTION OF GOOD GOVERNMENT, DO WE WANT TO HAVE A SOCIETY THAT ALLOWS FOR SECRET POLICING. I DON'T THINK WE DO, WE HAVEN'T HAD THAT FOR 30 YEARS. AND YET TODAY, WITH THIS SILENCE IN THIS COMMITTEE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE RELEGATED TO UNTIL WE FINALLY GET THE POLITICAL WILL AND BACKBONE TO ULTIMATELY DO THE RIGHT THING AND LET PEOPLE SEE JUST WHAT KIND OF GOVERNMENT WE HAVE."

EDITOR'S NOTE:

ROMERO'S BILL IS SB-1019.

4. ILLEGAL DRIVERS LICENSES REMOVED VO/SOT

LIVE: A BILL TO ALLOW ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS TO OBTAIN DRIVERS LICENSE HAS HAD THAT LANGUAGE REMOVED FROM THE LEGISLATION. THE NEW BILL WOULD STUDY THE IMPACTS OF THE FEDERAL REAL I-D ACT ON THE STATE.

SUPER: TODAY/STATE CAPITOL/SACRAMENTO

VO: (:20) SENATOR GIL CEDILLO WHO HAS AUTHORED THE DRIVERS LICENSE BILL FOR NINE YEARS. THE NEW LEGISLATION INSTRUCTS THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES TO STUDY MEASURES IT WILL HAVE TO TAKE TO IMPLEMENT THE FEDERAL LEGISLATION THAT CALLS FOR A NATIONAL I-D CARD TO ENTER FEDERAL BUILDINGS AND BOARD AIRLINE FLIGHTS. IT ALSO ASKS THE D-M-V TO REPORT ON THE COSTS OF IMPLEMENTING THE FEDERAL LAW BY MAY 2008. PREVIOUS LANGUAGE THAT SAID LICENSES FOR DRIVING ONLY COULD BE GRANTED TO THE UNDOCUMENTED WAS REMOVED.

SUPER: SENATOR GIL CEDILLO/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:21)

SAYS: "IS THIS AN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT THERE IS A RELUCTANCE TO GIVE A LEGAL BENEFIT TO THOSE WHO'VE BROKEN THE LAW TO COME TO THIS COUNTRY? NO, WE DON'T KNOW THAT ANYBODY'S BROKEN THE LAW AND PART OF THAT PROCESS OF BEING A NATION OF LAWS IS WE HAVE DUE PROCESS SO NOBODY'S BROKEN THE LAW UNTIL THAT IS A FINAL, LEGAL ADJUDICATION."

VO TAG: THE AMENDED LEGISLATION PASSED UNANIMOUSLY YESTERDAY IN THE ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE.

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SUPER: SENATOR GIL CEDILLO/D-LOS ANGELES

SOT: (:14)

SAYS: "ESTAMOS EN EL PROCESO ... VA A PASAR ADALANTE."

5. GOP STAFF CONTROVERSY VO/SOT

LIVE:

STATE DEMOCRATS SAY THE CALIFORNIA REPUBLICAN PARTY APPEARS DISORGANIZED FOLLOWING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER. MICHAEL KAMBUROWSKI, A NATIVE AUSTRALIAN, QUIT HIS JOB AS THE STATE PARTY'S TOP FINANCIAL OFFICER FOLLOWING REPORTS HE FILED A FIVE MILLION DOLLAR WRONGFUL ARREST SUIT AGAINST U.S. IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES.

SUPER: FILE

VO: (:20)

KAMBUROWSKI WAS HIRED BY THE PARTY AFTER RON NEHRING WAS ELECTED AS STATE G-O-P CHAIRMAN IN FEBRUARY. PUBLISHED REPORTS INDICATE THE TWO WORKED TOGETHER FOR A TAX REFORM GROUP IN WASHINGTON D.C. IN THE 1990'S. THE STATE PARTY ALSO RECENTLY APPLIED FOR A RECEIVED AN H-1B WORK VISA THAT ALLOWED A CANADIAN, CHRISTOPHER MATTHEWS, TO BE HIRED AS A DEPUTY POLITICAL DIRECTOR.

SUPER: ROGER SALAZAR/ADVISOR/CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATIC PARTY

SOT: (0:32)

SAYS: "IT CALLS INTO QUESTION EXACTLY WHAT THEIR MOTIVES ARE. YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE PARTY, ESPECIALLY ON THE CONSERVATIVE SIDE, WHO IS VERY ANTI-IMMIGRATION, ANTI-IMMIGRATION REFORM THOSE SORTS OF THINGS, WHEN IT COMES TO, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE FROM MEXICO FOR EXAMPLE, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO CANADIANS OR PEOPLE FROM AUSTRALIA, THEY'RE COOL WITH IT. SO, AGAIN, I THINK IT CALLS INTO QUESTION THEIR MOTIVES, IT ALSO MAKES THEM LOOK A LITTLE FOOLISH, THEY'RE GETTING SLAMMED BY MEMBERS OF THEIR OWN PARTY, YOU KNOW, EVEN SOME OF THEIR OWN CHAIRS WERE JUST SAYING WAIT A SECOND, WE GOT OUR C-O-O SUING AMERICA?, UH, SO YOU KNOW, AND THERE'S ALL SORTS OF LITTLE PROBLEMS THAT MAKES IT LOOK LIKE A KEYSTONE COPS OPERATION."

VO TAG:

YESTERDAY, THE STATE PARTY'S BOARD OF DIRECTOR HIRED BILL CHRISTENSEN TO REPLACE KAMBUROWSKI. PARTY CHAIRMAN NEHRING TODAY DECLINED TO RESPOND TO PHONE AND E-MAIL REQUESTS SEEKING COMMENT.

6. HIV TESTING VO/SOT

LIVE:

CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS, PHYSICIANS AND HEALTH OFFICERS TODAY ANNOUNCED FORMATION OF A NEW COALITION, TEST FOR LIFE CALIFORNIA, TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND TESTING FOR H-I-V, THE VIRUS THAT CAUSES AIDS. TOMORROW IS NATIONAL H-I-V TESTING DAY.

SUPER: TODAY/ STATE CAPITOL

VO: (:20)

WHILE MEDICAL PATIENTS IN CALIFORNIA CURRENTLY MUST REQUEST H-I-V TESTING IN WRITING, THE COALITION SUPPORTS A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW PHYSICIANS TO ROUTINELY TEST BLOOD SAMPLES FOR H-I-V, SIMILAR TO CHOLESTEROL SCREENING. PATIENTS WOULD BE ABLE TO OPT OUT OF H-I-V TESTING, BUT THE BILL'S CO-AUTHOR, ASSEMBLYWOMAN BONNE GARCIA, SAYS MAKING THE TESTING ROUTINE WOULD REDUCE THE STIGMA OF H-I-V BLOOD TESTS, ESPECIALLY AMONG LATINOS AND AFRICAN AMERICANS.

SUPER: ASSEMBLYWOMAN BONNIE GARCIA/R-CATHEDRAL CITY

SOT: (0:32)

SAYS: "IF YOU GO INTO SOME OF THE ETHNIC COMMUNITIES, IF YOU GO TO MY DISTRICT SPECIFICALLY, VERY FEW LATINOS WILL GO TO AN AIDS CLINIC JUST TO ASK FOR AN EXAM. IF THERE IS A PARTNERSHIP OUT IN THE AREA, YOU KNOW, OR THEY'RE AT THEIR REGULAR DOCTOR'S OFFICE, THEY USUALLY GO IN THROUGH ANOTHER DOOR, OR GO OUTSIDE ANOTHER DOOR, SO THAT NOBODY BELIEVES THAT THEY ARE HAVING A RELATIONSHIP OUT OF THE NORM IN THEIR COMMUNITY. AND WE NEED TO END THAT. YOU KNOW, PEOPLE SHOULD FEEL CONFIDENT THAT WHEN THEY'RE IN THE DOCTOR'S OFFICE, THEY CAN TALK ABOUT ANYTHING, ASK ANY KIND OF QUESTIONS, AND ENSURE THEMSELVES OF CONTINUITY OF CARE. "

VO TAG:

THE UNITED STATES CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION ESTIMATES MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES ARE INFECTED WITH H-I-V, THOUGH MANY ARE UNAWARE THEY ARTE INFECTED. IN CALIFORNIA, 25 PERCENT OF H-I-V CASES ARE AMONG LATINOS, AND AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN COMPRISE 37 PERCENT OF REPORTED H-I-V CASES AMONG WOMEN. THE TEST FOR LIFE COALITION SAYS IT WILL PROVIDE MORE PUBLIC EDUCATION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF HIV SCREENING.

EDITOR'S NOTE:

THE BILL IS AB-682 BY ASSEMBLYWOMAN PATTY BERG (D-EUREKA). IT HAS PASSED THE ASSEMBLY AND WILL BE HEARD NEXT MONTH IN THE SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE.

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SPANISH

SUPER: ASSEMBLYWOMAN BONNIE GARCIA/R-CATHEDRAL CITY

SOT: (0:41)

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