Capitol Alert

AM Alert: California experts weigh in on antibiotics in livestock

Today a pair of UC professors will discuss the intersection of their areas of expertise and once a hot topic in the Capitol: antibiotics in livestock and human health. Legislation introduced to curtail the use of antibiotics in livestock spurred debate between public health officials and the cattle industry last year.

Policymakers cited studies that suggest overuse of antibiotics in animals can make bacteria more resistant to the drug and have dangerous consequences for humans. Gov. Jerry Brown called the issue an “urgent public health problem” when he signed a bill requiring a prescription from a veterinarian to give antibiotics to livestock. The law is among the toughest in the country governing the use of antibiotics on animals.

Terry Lehenbauer, who directs the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Center for Food Animal Health, and Thomas Newman, a professor of epidemiology at UC San Francisco, will revive the topic at noon at the UC Center, 1130 K Street.

HEALTH FOR ALL: Lawmakers will gather in San Francisco today to begin promoting the launch of a Medi-Cal extension to cover undocumented children. Enrollment in the program begins May 16, and estimates suggest 170,000 children could become eligible for coverage under the new rules. Two other bills moving through the Legislature, both introduced by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would allow undocumented immigrants to pay for their own health plans under Covered California and further extend Med-Cal benefits to qualifying undocumented adults. Lara, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, will join local health groups and families at 3:30 p.m. at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: California nurses at the Capitol sang Bernie Sanders’ praises.

REGENTS: The UC Board of Regents, a 26-member panel that runs the university system, concludes its three-day meeting in Sacramento today, but not before taking a vote on major changes to its governance structure. The plan calls for reducing the number of standing committees, changing meeting schedules and structures and launching a review of the university system’s bylaws, standing orders and regents policies. The meeting begins today at 8:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center.

BIKEFEST: Free bike valets and yoga sessions await cyclists at Capitol BikeFest, a celebration on the west lawn timed with May is Bike Month. Organizers encourage workers, families and other bicyclists to pedal Downtown for the free event, which kicks off at 11 a.m.

THE MONEY TRAIL: Follow the money with the Bee’s new mobile-friendly tool to track fundraising and spending in legislative races and ballot measure campaigns.

PARTY TIME: Happy birthday Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, who turns 70, and Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside, celebrates his 65th.