Five Questions for the 2010 Legislative Session

The 2010 legislative session of the California Legislature began today.  See the Center’s Legislative Update for more information and an outline of the schedule.

It is still too early to tell what kind of tobacco-related bills will be introduced this session as legislators have until February 19 to introduce new bills.  But, it is not too early to speculate on what the 2010 session holds for tobacco control.  Here are my top five questions for the 2010 legislative session:

1.  Will the Governor sign any tobacco-related bills this year?

The Governor signed some important tobacco-bills in 2007 (including the smokefree cars bill) but has vetoed four out of the six tobacco-related bills sent to him in 2008 and 2009.

2.  What will Sen. Padilla do this year?

Sen. Padilla has introduced tobacco-related bills in each of the three years he has been in office and it is likely that he will introduce something again this year.

3.  Will this be the year the smokefree state parks and beaches bill passes the Legislature?

Sen. Oropeza has introduced this bill the past several years and may once again try to move this legislation forward in 2010.

4.  Who will step forward as a new legislative leader on tobacco control?

Last year, freshman Assembly Member Hill introduced a smokefree hospitals bill (AB 574) and it will be interesting to see if any new members step forward on tobacco control in 2010.

5.  Will a smokefree housing bill be introduced?

There were no smokefree housing bills last year but there remains interest in the issue in the Capitol.  With strong local smokefree ordinances passing around the state and Oregon passing a statewide disclosure law, legislators might be moved to action on this issue.

To stay updated on tobacco-related bills throughout the 2010 session, use the Center’s Bill Tracker.

–Justin Garrett

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