California maintains a website http://www.leginfo.ca.gov that follows proposed bills throughout the legislative process. Identify one key piece of legislation that is currently making its way through a state legislative process in California, but that has not yet passed or has been recently signed & enacted last session (2015).
You should select a bill that has been proposed in response to a perceived public health problem and write an 6-8 (max-body) page paper (1″ borders, 12 pt font), which includes the following:
1. Overview of the health problem: An overview of the public health problem to be addressed. Discuss the severity of the problem and number of people affected by it and by the proposed bill.
2. Severity of the health problem: Discuss the research (citations) behind the health problem. Is there consensus among researchers regarding its severity and how to best deal with it? What would realistically happen if no intervention was implemented? Please make sure to cite all references to the literature to support your statistics and data.
3. Overview of the bill and Stakeholders: An overview of the proposed bill in terms of its specific provisions. Do not just discuss what the promoters promise that it will accomplish. Make sure to read the fine print and see exactly what the bill will do. Describe who the stakeholders are that are affected in any way by this bill.
4. Promises/Expected Outcomes: Who are the promoters of the bill. Describe what the promoters of the bill believe that the bill will accomplish. Make sure to discuss what specific health outcomes that the promoters say will occur if the bill is passed.
5. Problems: Describe what individuals or groups are opposed to the bill and why they are opposed. Make sure to research special interest groups such as professional trade associations, industry groups, etc. to see what type of lobbying efforts they are making with respect to the bill.
6. Unintended Consequences: Describe what unintended consequence that could arise resulting from passage of this bill. In this section you should discuss unanticipated things that could go wrong if the bill was passed.
7. Summary-Recommendation: What is your perceptive and recommendation regarding this bill (based on text-reference-and lectures). Make sure to back up your opinion with the facts and with support from the class readings.