CA Legislation AB-1207

September 26, 21

You will probably want to take a look at AB1207 which just passed a Section 8 Amendment on 9/8, too. Note it includes language about how to “navigate future pandemics” as well as “misinformation” and “hesitation.” For the full text click here.

PART 8. Pathways Through Pandemics Task Force

  • 122500. (a) There is hereby established, in the California Health and Human Services Agency, the Pathways Through Pandemics Task Force. The purpose of the task force is to study lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and develop strategies to navigate future pandemics.
  • (b) The task force shall do all of the following:
    • (1) Convene state departments, agencies, local governments, private sector entities, nonprofit entities, and others the task force deems appropriate, to engage in discussions on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. The discussions shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following issues:
      • (A) The state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • (B) The disproportionate rates of COVID-19 infection and death among Latinos, Native Americans, African Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and non-English speakers.
      • (C) The distribution, administration, and availability of COVID-19 testing sites.
      • (D) The distribution, administration, and availability of vaccines.
      • (E) The misinformation that is causing hesitation among ethnic minorities to become vaccinated.
    • (2) Develop and recommend best practices for an equitable response to future pandemics, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
      • (A) Equitable distribution, administration, and availability of disease testing.
      • (B) Equitable distribution, administration, and availability of vaccines or other medical treatment to combat the disease.
      • (C) Equitable distribution and availability of personal protective equipment.
      • (D) Robust education outreach efforts to ethnic minorities to ensure an understanding of the disease and how best to combat it.
      • (E) Access to safety net programs.
    • (3) Determine the impact of state laws on coordinating the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • (c) The task force shall report the findings made pursuant to subdivision (b) to the Legislature, including to the committees with jurisdiction over public health matters, such as the Senate Committee on Health and the Assembly Committee on Health, on or before December 1, 2024. The report shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.