Capitol Alert

The cost of measles + Moms rally for police shooting bill + Gun sales bill delayed

Sen. Richard Pan listens to people speak against his bill, SB 276, at the state Senate Committee on Health hearing Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Sacramento as anti-vaccine protesters wave their hands and speakers for and against the bill sit at a table next to him.
Sen. Richard Pan listens to people speak against his bill, SB 276, at the state Senate Committee on Health hearing Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Sacramento as anti-vaccine protesters wave their hands and speakers for and against the bill sit at a table next to him.

Happy Monday! The Appropriations committees seem to have its hands full this week. Stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime...

The Assembly gavels in at 1 p.m., the Senate at 2 p.m.


Measles are expensive.

California counties reported that the 44 documented measles cases in the state have racked up nearly $402,000 bill for taxpayers so far this year. The state Department of Public Health is collecting the data, and handing over the preliminary estimates to state Sen. Richard Pan’s office for a UCLA event on Friday.

The associated costs include case investigations, lab tests, writing reports, working with providers and developing prevention methods.

Pan wrote a 2015 law that forbid parents from citing personal beliefs when seeking exemptions for their children from vaccines that are mandatory in California schools. This year, his Senate Bill 276 would further restrict vaccine exemptions by giving state public health officials the final say on whether a child can have a medical exemption.

The pediatrician-turned-lawmaker said the bill will “rein in bogus medical exemptions and protect community immunity.” Children with compromised immune systems or who are too sick to get vaccinated right away rely on their classmates and fellow community members to get vaccinated in order to stay healthy.

“A few unethical doctors are putting children at-risk for disease while profiting from selling inappropriate medical exemptions to misinformed parents,” Pan released in a statement. “The lack of community immunity at schools with students granted inappropriate medical exemptions has contributed to the spread of preventable diseases such as measles. The infection of 44 people with measles in California are not only a threat to the safety and health of our children, these infections are disruptive and costly to taxpayers.”

SB 276 passed a contentious Senate Committee on Health hearing last month and is scheduled for another vote in Senate Appropriations today.


A group of mothers who’ve lost their children to police violence is rallying support for a police use of force measure — Assembly Bill 392 — at the Capitol today.

They’ll be joined by 200 people traveling from across the state to urge the Legislature to pass the proposal, which restricts when officers can employ deadly force. The bill’s principal author, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, said raising the legal standard for when officers can use lethal force would save the lives of black and brown Californians who are disproportionately shot and killed by police.

The bill passed the Assembly Committee on Public Safety in early April, following hours of testimony from family members who’ve lost loved ones to police shootings.

AB 392 is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union and earned widespread attention and support following the March 2018 police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento. This is Weber’s second attempt to pass legislation that would overhaul the current legal standard. She faced opposition from police unions last year. The same groups worked with state Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, this year to author Senate Bill 230, which focuses more on training and updating department policies.

Following compromise conversations, the bills now depend on each other. If Weber’s bill passes, Caballero’s proposal would authorize training for the new law.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on the South Steps of the Capitol.

For your radar — The First Amendment Coalition and CALmatters is hosting a panel today at noon to highlight a new law that requires greater transparency on police misconduct across the state.

Register for the event here.


Two San Francisco Democrats announced they are delaying a vote on a bill that would ban gun and ammunition sales at Cow Palace, a sprawling venue in both Daly City and San Francisco that covers 68 acres and includes an arena.

Senate Bill 281 is still alive, but state Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblyman Phil Ting said they’re pausing on the legislation until January because the Cow Palace’s board of directors passed a motion to stop contracting with gun shows, Wiener’s office announced.

“To be clear, the Cow Palace should have taken this step years ago,” Wiener said. “And it should not have taken state legislation to move the agency to this point. However, better late than never, and I am heartened that the Cow Palace has finally taken these steps.”

The bill passed three Senate committees and remains a part of the two-year legislative session.


Tupelo Honey’s been hard at work helping Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Chief of Staff Ann O’Leary crank out a May revise budget.

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Hannah Wiley joined The Bee as a legislative reporter in 2019. She produces the morning newsletter for Capitol Alert and previously reported on immigration, education and criminal justice. She’s a Chicago-area native and a graduate of Saint Louis University and Northwestern.