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State Advocacy

SMCMA and CMA fight for legislative, legal, and regulatory reform for the benefit of physicians and patients. The California Legislature had an active year in 2016, passing many new laws affecting health care. In particular, there was a strong focus on health care coverage, drug prescribing, public health, and workers’ compensation issues. 

Click here for the 2016 Legislative Wrap-Up.

Click here for New Health Laws for 2017.

SB 1000 (Monning) – Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act
This bill would prohibit the sale of most non-alcoholic beverages with added sugar and over 75 calories per 12 fluid ounces without the following warning label, “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”  In the last thirty years, Americans’ daily calorie consumption has increased by 250-300 calories. Sugary drinks were the largest source of that increase. This bill would help to alert consumers about the health risks associated with consuming the empty calories in these types of beverages. - See more at: http://www.smcma-dev.org/advocacy/state-advocacy#SB1000