Oropeza’s new health legislation goes into effect January 1

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california-legislationSen. Jenny Oropeza, D-Long Beach, steered several key measures through complex legislative scrutiny this year, then won approval from the governor. As a result, beginning with the New Year, Jan. 1, 2010, state laws will require serious changes in oversight of mammogram providers and in regulation of a dangerous greenhouse gas. Oropeza’s other bills becoming law include those that bolster port security and health care.

Senate Bill 148 is a women’s-health protection measure that will require medical providers who operate mammogram machines, in violation of state and federal safety standards, to conspicuously post notices. With more than 25,000 California women developing breast cancer each year, and more than 4,000 dying from it, Oropeza said an extra layer of safety is necessary and prudent.

“This bill is for our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and countless other women,” said the Senate Majority Caucus Chair.

Total Oropeza measures taking effect Jan. 1, 2010 include:

Health Legislation

SB 18 : Elder Abuse This bill will increase fines on those found guilty of abusing dependent adults and senior citizens 65 and older.

SB 112 : Dialysis Technician Training This measure will revise California’s hemodialysis technician training to comply with recently issued federal regulations. The state’s more than 5,000 Certified Hemodialysis Technicians must be federally qualified under the new guidelines by April 10, 2010 to maintain millions of dollars in federal Medicare funding.

SB 148: Mammograms – Notice of Violations Improves mammogram safety as described above.

Environmental Legislation

SB 104 : Nitrogen Trifluoride Supported by environmental groups statewide, this public-safety legislation will require the California Air Resources Board to regulate trifluoride, or NF3. Recent studies concluded that NF3 is 17,000 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. It comes in the wake of Assembly Bill 32, the widely lauded 2006 legislation that sought to reduce harmful emissions

SB 124 : School Bus Idling This environmental-protection measure will reinforce a California Air Resources Board regulation requiring bus drivers to turn off their idling engines at their destination when it is within 100 feet of a school and restart the engine no more than 30 seconds before departing.

Security Legislation

SB 24 : Grand Theft: Cargo This national-security measure will permanently define cargo theft as a type of grand theft by reauthorizing a 2004 law (AB 1814, Oropeza) that created the original designation.

Elected to the Assembly in 2000 and the Senate in 2006, Jenny Oropeza is one of the highest-ranking Latinos in the Legislature and chairs the Senate Majority Caucus. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/oropeza.

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