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The following article was posted on May 14th, 2014, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 15, Issue 10 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 15, Issue 10

Political Watch 5/15/14

• California’s Senate Health Committee recently approved a bill that would establish a system of subsidized health insurance for undocumented immigrants, according to the Sacramento Bee. Senate Bill 1005, authored by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), was approved after the committee heard from dozens of immigrants’ rights and health care groups. The Bee reports that the only opposition to the bill came from Californians for Population Stabilization—a group opposed to illegal immigration. Lara believes the proposed system could enroll approximately 1 million of the estimated 3 million undocumented immigrants who reside in California. Those immigrants are currently excluded from Affordable Care Act coverage, and the bill would place the would-be insurance system under Covered California—the state’s provider of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. One of the issues with the bill is that there is no funding mechanism for it yet. The Bee reports that Lara told the committee he has a team of academic experts working on the financial issues and hopes to have a definitive plan in place before the measure reaches the Senate floor.

• A recently released report from the California Department of Public Health on agricultural pesticide use near public schools revealed that Ventura County has more schools near heavy pesticide applications than any other county in the state. In response to the report, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) released a statement in which she said parents and community members have a right to know about pesticide applications before they happen. “Our schools only require notification of schools and residences if they are near impeding methyl bromide fumigation. But there are many other hazardous pesticides that are applied without the community even knowing when and where it is occurring,” Jackson said. “Our communities and our vulnerable residents, our children, aren’t sufficiently protected.” Jackson authored a Senate bill on the issue earlier this year that died in committee. It would have required schools and residences be notified of an upcoming pesticide application within a quarter mile of them, so they could take precautions. “I pledge to continue working on this issue,” Jackson said in the statement.