Final Update and Tobacco Vote Record 2017 California Legislative Session


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At the end of each legislative session, the Center produces an annual vote record that summarizes the outcome of each bill and how each member of the legislature voted. Click here for our latest vote record.

New report released: Campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures of tobacco interests, 2017-2018 election cycle


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The American Lung Association in California Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has released a new report from the Tobacco Money in California Politics series detailing tobacco interest spending for the first six months of the campaign cycle. The new report, Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures of Tobacco Interests in California: 2017-2018 Election Cycle: January 2017-June 2017, shows that tobacco interests have already spent over $300,000 on campaign contributions and political committee donations for the 2017-2018 election cycle, and over $500,000 lobbying on tobacco‐related issues.

 

To see contributions to your legislators check out our Database of Tobacco Money in California Politics. This database contains information about campaign contributions from tobacco interests to members of the California Legislature, both past and present. The database can also be searched by district, election cycles and county.

 

This report is part of a series of reports on lobbying expenditures and campaign contributions of tobacco interests produced by the Lung Association. Additional reports for past election cycles are available at https://center4tobaccopolicy.org/tobacco-money-politics/#tobacco-money-report.

Legislative Update: Governor vetoes two tobacco-related bills


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The deadline for the governor to sign or veto new legislation was October 15. Governor Brown vetoed two tobacco-related bills that would have banned smoking within state parks and coastal beaches, citing over-reaching powers of government and excessive fines as reason to stop the bills from becoming law.

The first year of the 2017/2018 legislative session ended on Friday, September 18. One tobacco-related bill is eligible to be revisited during the next legislative session, which will reconvene on Wednesday, January 3. For the complete legislative update, please click here.

Legislative Update: First year of 2017-2018 session ends


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The first year of the 2017/2018 legislative session concluded on Friday, September 18, which was the deadline for regular session bills to make it out of the Legislature and to the Governor’s desk. The deadline for the Governor to either sign or veto bills is October 15th. This is the first year of a two year legislative session, so any tobacco-related bills introduced in regular session that did not pass out of the Legislature will still have another opportunity to do so next year.

Two tobacco-related bills were approved by both the Senate and Assembly and sent to the Governor for his action. The governor has three options, (1) he can sign the bill into law, which allows the bill to take effect, (2) he can veto the bill, which stops the bill from taking effect, or (3) he can do nothing, which allows the law to take effect. For the complete legislative update, please click here.

Legislative Update: Four tobacco bills move forward


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Bills are continuing to move through the legislature in advance of the July 21st deadline for all bills to be heard in policy committees. Four tobacco-related bills will continue to move forward in the legislative process, while two others will not. Because this is the first year in a two year legislative session, bills that fail to advance this year may be revisited in 2018. The legislature will begin summer recess on July 21st and will reconvene on Monday August 21st. For the complete legislative update, please click here.

New report released on campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures of tobacco interests during 2015-2016 election cycle


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The American Lung Association in California Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has released a new report from the Tobacco Money in California Politics series detailing the latest tobacco interest spending. The new report, Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures of Tobacco Interests in California: Report for the 2015-2016 Election Cycle, shows that during the 2015-2016 election cycle tobacco interests had already contributed over $70 million in campaign contributions and donations to political committees, and spent $2.4 million to lobby on tobacco-related issues.

To see contributions to your legislators check out our Database of Tobacco Money in California Politics. This database contains information about campaign contributions from tobacco interests to members of the California Legislature, both past and present. The database can also be searched by district, election cycles and county.

 

Legislative Update: Five bills continue to move forward


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With multiple important deadlines, May is a busy month at the Capitol. May 26th was the deadline for all bills to be voted on in the fiscal committee in their house of origin. Next, by June 2nd, all bills must be voted on by the full floor in their house of origin. Click below for our full legislative update.

https://center4tobaccopolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Legislative-Update-2017-5-30.pdf

Updated Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing Resources Available!


Multi-Unit Housing

The American Lung Association in California has updated two resources detailing local smokefree multi-unit housing policies:

Matrix of Strong Local Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing – This document lists policy and enforcement provisions for the 51 communities across the state that have passed ordinances prohibiting smoking in at least 75% of new and existing multi-unit housing units.

Local California Smokefree Housing Policies Detailed Analysis – This document provides a detailed look at the 90 Californian communities that have passed any smokefree multi-unit housing policies, including those that only restrict smoking in common areas.

Interested in how the new state tobacco policies affect local policy? We have two new resources to help!


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We have two brand new policy resources available to help local communities understand the interactions between local policies and these new state-level policies. Each document addresses frequently asked questions concerning local policy and the recently-passed state legislation, and provides several example scenarios that help illustrate how specific policies might play out. Click below to view each document:

https://center4tobaccopolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/New-Bill-Fact-Sheet-State-Local-SHS-2017-04-04.pdf

https://center4tobaccopolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/New-Bill-Fact-Sheet-State-Local-TRL-2017-04-04.pdf

Legislative Update: Eight New Bills Introduced For 2017-2018 Session


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Eight new tobacco-related bills have been introduced this legislative session. Committee hearings are currently underway and will continue over the next several months as they move forward in the legislative process. Click below for our full legislative update.

https://center4tobaccopolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Legislative-Update-2017-3-23.pdf

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