Keep Kids with Food Allergies Safe in CA – Support SB 1266 #epipenbill

Wonderful news – Senate Bill 1266 has through the Education committee! Now we need YOUR help to get this bill through the Health Committee on the 23rd of April, and keep kids with food allergies safe in California!
Keep Kids with Food Allergies Safe in CA - Support SB1266
SB 1266, mandatory epinephrine in public schools was passed through the Senate Education committee, due to Senator Huff’s wonderful work, along with the compelling testimonies of Joanne Giorgi (Natalie Giorgi’s mom), Dr. Travis Miller and Mark Lohman.
Please read the information below to learn what you can do to help support this bill. Passing this law would not only save the lives of people without epinephrine, it will also keep children who have their own epinephrine at school, safer, because schools will be more informed.

From the Office of Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff:

It has been a very exciting week at the Capitol as SB 1266 made its way out of the Senate Education Committee.  Senator Huff and I (Heidi Hannaman) wanted to extend our sincerest thanks to all of you who came to the hearing-some driving for hours and some even flying from Southern California.  Your passion and commitment to this issue made a difference!
We do feel the need to disclose that we are up against a very tough constitutional deadline at the end of this month and this bill has a triple policy committee referral-this is rare and very difficult to pull off.  However, we are moving ahead, hopeful it can be done.
Below are links to the Senate Education hearing as well as Senator Huff’s weekly Capitol Comment which highlights the hearing AND a link to a very good editorial which was in the Sacramento Bee today.  Please consider sharing these on your social media pages (especially the Capitol Comment and Bee editorial) as it builds momentum and excitement around this endeavor.
Senator Huff’s Capitol Comment:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5nBGue5Im8
Full Hearing:
http://calchannel.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=7&clip_id=1981
Sac Bee Editorial:
http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/04/6294131/editorial-battle-over-epipens.html
What you can do to help!

  1. Post directly to the Senate Health members Facebook and Twitter accounts (handles below-be sure you scroll all the way down to bottom of email) and include the newspapers handles as well when you post (we want the media to see the interest and importance of this bill).  Encourage them to support SB 1266 #epipenbill.  For instance, “@dredhernandez-Protect Kids!  Support SB 1266! #epipenbill @latimes @SGVTribune” Please engage with ALL committee members. We need to show them there is a groundswell of strong, vocal support for our bill all across California!
  2. Make Vine videos and post directly to their FB and Twitter.  This is an app for quick 6 second videos-more #epipenbill.
  3. If you are a constituent of any of the members below, CONTACT Members offices DIRECTLY and ask for a meeting.  Ask for their thoughts on the bill and if they will be supporting SB 1266-be politely persistent.  Talking with staff is fine.
  4. Finally, come to the hearing on Wed. 4/23 here at the State Capitol in Sacramento!  We want a crowd again!  We know this will not be feasible for many of you in So. Cal but if you are nearby please consider attending.  We need to show that protecting kids in schools is important and something parents want.  While we have already slated 3-4 people for formal testimony, all people attending will be allowed to come to the testimony table and state their name and support formally.  This is how laws are made!  Teal is the official color of food allergy awareness and we encourage you to wear the color and meet us in front on 4203 at 1:15 pm.  I will have stickers and ribbons for you all.  We will go in and try to fill the front rows of the committee room.  The hearing begins at 1:30pm and I should warn you that it can last several hour so bring your patience-we never know when SB 1266 will be called to be heard.
  5. While not everyone will get a chance to provide formal testimony during the formal hearing, we are TRYING to arrange our video services team to be on hand again to video your personal messages and stories.  We hope to make a YouTube video to highlight the bill, the turnout of the hearing and share your family’s story.

Emailing and phone calling is great but what is listed above is more effective.  Your grass-roots involvement IS making a difference!!!  Again, thank you for what you have done thus far.  Raising awareness about this serious epidemic and its treatment is important and we are glad you agree.

Senate Health Members and Media

  • Ed Hernandez (D) – Chair
    LA/San Gabriel Valley
    Senator.Hernandez@senate.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 2080
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4024
    Fax: (916) 651-4924
    Twitter: @dredhernandez
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @latimes @SGVTribune
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/ed.hernandez.735?fref=ts
  • Joel Anderson (R) – Vice Chair
    San Diego/Riverside
    Senator.Anderson@senate.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 5052
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: 916.651.4036
    Fax: 916.651.4936
    Twitter: @JoelAndersonCA
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @utsdmikegardner @maureenmagee @PEcom_news
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/SenatorJoelAnderson
  • Jim Beall (D)
    San Jose
    Senator.Beall@senate.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 2068
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4015
    Fax: (916) 651-4915
    Twitter: @Jimbealljr
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @Talk2theMerc @Josh_Richman
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/jimbealljr
  • Mark DeSaulnier (D)
    Contra Costa/Alameda
    Senator.Desaulnier@senate.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 5035
    Sacramento,  CA  95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4007
    Fax: (916) 651-4907
    Twitter: @SenDeSaulnier
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @CCTimes
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/mark.desaulnier.37?fref=ts
  • Noreen Evans (D)
    Humboldt/Mendocino
    Senator.Evans@senate.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 4085
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: 916-651-4002
    Fax: 916-651-4902
    Twitter: @nmevans
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @eurekaTS
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Senator-Noreen-Evans/180445771986197
  • Kevin De Leon (D)
    Los Angeles
    Senator.Deleon@senate.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 5108
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4022
    Fax: (916) 327-8817
    Twitter: @kdleon
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @latimes @LATSeema
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/KevinDeLeonKDL
  • Bill Monning (D)
    Santa Cruz
    Senator.Monning@senate.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 4066
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 651-4017
    Fax: (916) 651-4917
    Twitter: @BillMonning
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @DonnaJonesSCS @SCNewsMom
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/bill.monning.5?fref=ts
  • Jim Nielsen (R)
    Butte
    Senator.Nielsen@sen.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 4062
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: 916.651.4004
    Fax: 916.651.4904
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @ReddingNewsFeed
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/senatorjimnielsen
  • Lois Wolk (D)
    Davis
    Senator.Wolk@sen.ca.gov
    State Capitol, Room 5114
    Sacramento,  CA  95814
    Phone:  (916) 651-4003
    Fax:  (916) 651-4903
    Hometown Paper Twitter: @D_Enterprise
    Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lois-Wolk/50300443734

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