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SB-687 Health facilities: emergency services: Attorney General.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Skinner (S)
Health facilities: emergency services: Attorney General.
An act to amend Sections 5914 and 5920 of, and to add Chapter 9.2 (commencing with Section 5940) to Part 2 of Division 2 of Title 1 of, the Corporations Code, and to amend Sections 1254 and 1255.1 of the Health and Safety Code, relating to health facilities.

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
03/03/18 Last day to consider Governor’s veto pursuant to Joint Rule 58.5.
10/14/17 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/14/17 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/22/17 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
09/15/17 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 26. Noes 11. Page 1129.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 687 without my signature.

This bill requires a nonprofit hospital to receive approval from the Attorney General prior to reducing or eliminating services in its emergency department.

A hospital's decision to reduce or eliminate emergency services poses real challenges for a community. This is why current law requires public notice prior to a hospital taking such an action. Removing a hospital's authority to determine emergency service needs, however, will not solve the underlying financial issues that typically force these decisions. An Attorney General decision to prohibit a reduction or elimination of these services may hasten the reduction of other services or closure of the entire hospital.

For this reason, I cannot sign this bill.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.