Lawmakers are wrapping up their work week on Friday with bills on juvenile justice, childhood vaccines and suicide prevention. Here’s what we’ll be watching:
EASING SENTENCES FOR YOUTH
Republican Assemblyman John Hambrick is presenting a bill that allows courts to reduce mandatory minimum sentences when a child is convicted of a crime and charged as an adult.
Watch at 8 a.m. in the Assembly Judiciary Committee.
CONTROLLER DUTIES TO GOVERNOR
The governor’s office will take away debt collection responsibilities from the state controller’s office under AB51. State auditors recommended the shift last year, noting that the controller’s office doesn’t have much authority to enforce debt collection statutes or audit agency debts.
Watch at 8:30 a.m. in the Assembly Government Affairs Committee.
SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING FOR DOCTORS
Doctors, therapists and other health care providers would have to take three hours of classes on suicide prevention under a bill proposed by Democratic Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson. AB105 would also remove the option for health professionals to substitute up to two of those hours with ethics classes.
Watch around midday (after the Assembly floor session) in the Assembly Commerce and Labor Committee.
Under AB200, schools would have to let parents know if other pupils are skipping vaccinations for religious or other reasons.
Watch around midday in the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee.
Republican Sen. Dr. Joe Hardy, a co-sponsor, explains the reasoning: