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Two bills by Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, to improve healthcare and economic opportunities for the LGBT community have been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Reform legislation signed to improve insurance community investment program
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - AB 2128 (Gordon), which reforms the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) Program, was signed into law today. This bill sponsored by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, reforms the COIN program to better focus on finding and facilitating insurance industry investments that provide economic and social benefits to California's underserved communities.
In the past several years, California has garnered a reputation for passing progressive LGBT protections. It’s one of only two states that ban conversion or reparative therapy for minors. Likewise, the state has pushed broad protections for transgender students. With a recent bill now being implemented, California seeks to extend protections to hospitals and emergency rooms.
When KCET launched this government policy blog in the summer, a point was made to look at the intersection of policy and diversity. After all, California is one of the most diverse states in the country and has traditionally been a bellwether for LGBT issues.
(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Governor Brown has signed a bill providing veterans with increased access to home-based assisted living care. Authored by Assemblyman Rich Gordon (Menlo Park), AB 1821 creates a three-year Medical Foster Home Pilot Program in California, which provides veterans the option to choose to live and receive care in a private home.
Many California veterans increasingly seek home-based care options rather than institutionalization. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created the Medical Foster Home program to meet this need.
Seton Medical Center in Daly City and its sister facility in Moss Beach will be sold to Prime Healthcare, a controversial Southern California hospital chain that some unions decry as prioritizing profits over patient care.
Less than two months after the Half Moon Bay City Council urged the state to create a plan for the failed Pilarcitos Creek Bridge, California State Parks announced Tuesday night it is working to give the city $1 million to fix the key connection along the coastal trail.
A wellness study with data drawn from 5,000 San Mateo County students revealed some startling statistics about suicidal thoughts, gender bias, sexual orientation discrimination and overall mental health but also provided solutions and ways for the community to engage in addressing the issues.
Santa Cruz will no longer be only county with the program
SANTA CRUZ >> The rest of California will join Santa Cruz County now that the governor has signed a bill re-establishing a program to provide property tax deferment to qualified seniors and disabled persons.
Health care providers across the state will be required to receive expanded training to better understand and accommodate the needs of LGBT individuals under a new bill that has become law.
Authored by state Assemblyman Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, Assembly Bill 496 requires health care providers to include LGBT-specific issues in the cultural competency training their workers receive. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the bill into law, along with another piece of legislation authored by Gordon, Assembly Bill 1678, which requires public utilities to implement a program that encourages soliciting bids from LGBT-owned businesses when purchasing goods or services.