Five McGeorge Legislative Clinic Student Bills Signed Into Law
November 16, 2016
The Legislative & Public Policy Clinic, supervised by Professor Rex Frazier, '00, enjoyed great results this year with five of the six bills that the students worked on signed by Governor Brown: AB 2505 on July 25, AB 1825 on July 25, SB 1064 on Sept. 26, AB 1554 on Sept. 28 and SB 1339 on Sept. 29, 2016. A sixth bill, AB1740, failed to advance out of its house of origin.
Clinic 2015-2016 bill descriptions and the final statuses:
AB 1554 (Irwin): Prohibits the sale of "powdered alcohol" in California (aka "palcohol"). Brandon Bjerke, '16, Sean Creadick, '16, and Emily Reynolds, '16 worked on AB 1554 as students. It was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 28, 2016 and chaptered by the Secretary of State.
AB 1740 (Alejo): Creates a paid fellowship for law school graduates to work in the State Capitol. Narek Avetisyan, '16, and Tanner Puryear, '16, worked on AB 1740. This bill did not advance after it was referred to the Assembly Rules Committee.
AB 2505 (Quirk): Prohibits euthanasia of animals using carbon dioxide gas. McGeorge students Navnit Bhandal, '17, and Tessa Nevarez, '17 worked on AB 2505, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on July 25, 2016 and chaptered by the Secretary of State. The student team also worked on AB 1825 (Gordon), which was signed into law on July 25 and ensures that dogs seized as part of a fighting ring are not automatically put to death, but rather evaluated for suitability for adoption.
SB 1064 (Hancock): Will allow counties to create collaborative, comprehensive programs to identify, treat, and rehabilitate commercially sexually exploited children. Riha Pathak, '16, and Kayla Thayer, '16, worked on this bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 26, 2016 and chaptered by the Secretary of State.
SB 1339 (Monning): Ensures that Medi-Cal eligible patients continue to receive health care services during the transfer from one county to another. Brittney Barsotti, '16, and Lauren Ngo, '16, and Anam Hasan, '17, worked on SB 1339. It was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 29, 2016 and chaptered by the Secretary of State.
Read a previous article about the students' experiences working on bills in the Clinic. The 2016-2017 Legislative & Public Policy students will consider the next set of bills at the beginning of spring semester 2017.