Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several bills affecting child health and well being before the constitutional deadline at midnight last night, including:
- SB 946 Health care coverage: pervasive developmental disorder or autism. This bill, introduced by Senators Steinberg and Evans, will require private health care service plans and health insurers to provide coverage for behavioral health treatment for persons with autism spectrum and certain other related pervasive developmental disorders. (see data on autism)
- AB 1088 State agencies: collection of demographic data. This bill, introduced by Assembly Member Eng, will require the Department of Industrial Relations and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing to collect demographic data on additional Asian and Pacific Islander groups. See a previous Data Points blog post, “How Can We Better Measure California’s Child Diversity?” for a related discussion. Related data also are available on kidsdata.org.
- AB 1156 Pupils: bullying. This bill, introduced by Assembly Member Eng, encourages the inclusion of policies and procedures aimed at the prevention of bullying in comprehensive school safety plans. (see data on bullying)
- SB 746 Tanning facilities. This bill, introduced by Senator Lieu, will prohibit minors from using tanning beds. (see data about California teens)