BREATHE LA is actively working to ensure the implementation of local and state policies that promote emissions control and reduction, as well as educational and prevention initiatives surrounding lung disease.
Current California Legislative Updates
BREATHE California has taken positions on current legislative bills in accordance with our statewide priorities for the 2019-2020 legislative session. We have been actively tracking topics of concern (Tobacco & E-Cigarettes, Green Technology, Air Quality, Respiratory Health Management) as they influence state policy and ultimately work in favor or against the respiratory health and wellbeing of the vulnerable populations we serve. The following are 2019-2020 bills supported by BREATHE California:
Tobacco & E-Cigarettes: The leading cause of respiratory diseases like Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis is smoking. Although the public health push towards reducing cigarette consumption through taxes and health education has worked, E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used nicotine product among youth.
SB 8 (Glazer) State parks: state coastal beaches: smoking ban
SB 39 (Hill, Glazer, Portantino) Tobacco Products
Green Technology & Air Quality: Supporting our mission, these bills help promote clean air and healthy lungs through green and clean technology.
AB 409 (Limón) Climate change: agriculture: Agricultural Climate Adaptation Tools Program: grants
AB 1046 (Ting) Air Quality Improvement Program: Clean Vehicle Rebate Project
AB 1100 (Kamlager-Dove) Electric Vehicles: Parking Requirements
AB 1500 (Carillo) Hazardous Substances
SB 44 (Skinner) Medium-duty and heavy-duty vehicles: comprehensive strategy
SB 210 (Leyva) Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program
SB 216 (Galgiani) Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program: used heavy duty truck exchange
Wildfires: Air pollution from wildfires has become an urgent concern given the increasing number of poor air quality days Californians have been experiencing.
AB 836 (Wicks) Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Centers for Vulnerable Populations Incentive Program
AB 1124 (Maienschein) Employment Safety: Outdoor workers: wildfire smoke
SB 209 (Dodd) Wildfires: California Wildfire Warning Center: fire-weather monitoring
Respiratory Health Management: Asthma and COPD management through education and health professional guidance is necessary to support individuals living with respiratory disease. Access to these services in schools and in underrepresented communities is ideal to lessen the burden of disease for such.
AB 258 (Jones-Sawyer) School-based Student Support Services Program
AB 1322 (Berman) School-based health programs
SB 207 (Hurtado) Medi-Cal: asthma presentative services