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AB-521 HIV testing.(2015-2016)

Senate:
1st
Cmt
2nd
3rd
2nd
3rd
Pass
Assembly:
1st
Cmt
2nd
Cmt
2nd
3rd
Pass
Pass
Veto
Bill Status
AB-521
Nazarian (A)
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HIV testing.
03/26/15
An act to amend Section 120991 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to HIV testing.
Assembly
09/16/15
09/04/15

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/15/16 Consideration of Governor's veto stricken from file.
10/11/15 Vetoed by Governor.
09/23/15 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
09/11/15 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 53. Noes 20. Page 3141.).
09/10/15 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 521 without my signature.

This bill would mandate hospitals to offer an HIV test to consenting patients who have blood drawn after being admitted through the emergency department.

This bill is not the best approach to identifying those who are undiagnosed with HIV. The demographics of patients targeted by this bill do not match the demographics of the population at risk for exposure to HIV infection. In addition, hospitals are not appropriately staffed nor are they the place to provide counseling, routine preventive screenings, or follow-up care for sensitive HIV testing. Limited resources would be better spent supporting outreach and education activities by existing providers which have the staff and training for HIV testing and follow-up care.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.