October 2021
AAP-CA 2021 Legislative Session Highlights
Governor Gavin Newsom signed 770 new California laws and vetoed 66 on Saturday ahead of the October 10 deadline, acting on 836 proposals state lawmakers send to his desk. As bills moved through policy committees and houses, 49 AAP-CA supported initiatives made it to the Governor's desk. Click Here for a complete list of AAP-CA tracked bills through the end of the session.
The Advocacy Voice for
California Pediatricians
AAP-CA Priority Issues at the State Capital
Homeless Children & Youth
Chaptered: AB 27
Requires a local educational agency to ensure each school identifies all homeless children and youths and unaccompanied youths, as defined, enrolled at the school.
Pupil Instruction & Mental Health
Chaptered: SB 224
Instruction on overarching themes and core principles of mental health. Appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders and cultural backgrounds.
Healthcare Coverage & ACES
Chaptered: SB 428
Requires health care service plans to provide coverage for pediatric and preventative care that includes adverse childhood experiences screening.
Newsom Signs $123.9 Billion Package to Support K-12 Education
Gov. Newsom on Friday signed a $123.9 billion package to increase broadband infrastructure, develop mental and behavioral health programming and require that all high school students take an ethnic studies course before graduating.
COVID Cases Among Children Are Declining - Has Surge Peaked?
The latest coronavirus wave may be subsiding for school-age children, but the worry is that the good news may harden resistance to vaccination and other mitigation practices schools are using to keep outbreaks in check.
Are You Ready for California's Electronic Prescribing Mandate?
Beginning on January 1, 2022 – less than three months from today – almost all prescriptions written in California must be transmitted electronically. Physicians who have not yet implemented electronic prescribing in their practices should begin the process now. 
Changes to California's Youth Prison System Prove Difficult to Implement
Changes to the system are a result of Senate Bill 823, which Gov. Newsom signed last year. The bill requires the state’s youth prisons to shut down by 2023 and has stopped allowing counties to send youth to the state Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) as of July 1, 2021.
Contact: Karmi Ferguson, MBA
Executive Director
Email: karmi.ferguson@aap-ca.org
Voice Message: (626) 796-1632