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State Advocacy

On January 6, 2020 the California Legislature will reconvene to begin work on the 2nd year of the two-year legislative session. Democrats continue to hold a super-majority in both the Senate and the Assembly. In early January, Governor Newsome will release his budget which will set the tone for discussion and debate in the upcoming legislative year. Priority issues include, addressing the homeless crisis, issues surrounding California wildfires, education and healthcare.

Since 2020 marks the 2nd year of a two-year session the legislature will prioritize 2-year bills which must be passed out of the house of origin by the end of January. Bills introduced in 2019 and not passed out of the house of origin will be considered dead for the year. Legislators may introduce bills when the legislature resumes business in January and all legislation must be introduced by February 21, 2020. All bills must “sit” for 30 days before they can be acted upon in policy committee this waiting period will allow the public time to review proposed legislation. The bulk of policy hearings will begin in March and all bills moving forward in 2020 will need to be passed out of policy committee by April 24th, 2020.

What is State Advocacy?

As hospital CEO’s and leaders in the community, your voice carries weight in the Capitol. Not only are California hospitals providers of health care, in many cases they are the largest employers and partners in the community. Use your voice to let legislators know how a particular piece of legislation will impact your hospital, community and the patients you serve.

Why State Advocacy Matters?

Everyday California legislators are faced with policy decisions – decisions that will impact every aspect of life and business in this state. Responding to alerts for phone calls to legislators and writing support and opposition letters is an effective way of registering your position. Not only will your letters be listed on analyses, they will be delivered to legislators and used to lobby DHLF’s position on legislation.

Other ways to engage in advocacy:

  • Invite your legislator and or their staff to tour your facility. Explain the type of services you provide, how many patients your hospital treats each year and important issues affecting your hospital.
  • Check to see if your legislator has a “community healthcare roundtable” or other type of community group where he/she meets regularly to discuss issues of concern for the legislative district. Participating in a community group will give you and or your staff the opportunity to hear issues that are concerning to the legislator and will allow you to open lines of communication with your legislator.
  • Social media – follow your legislator on Twitter, Instagram and/or Facebook.
  • Share what’s happening at your facility with your legislator and their staff, this will help keep them informed of important issues at your hospital.


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