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Butane honey oil explosions killed more than 30 people last year in California

April 27, 2015

By Hetty Chang

It is illegal to make, but legal to use under California's medical marijuana law. While smoking it may not kill you, making it can, according to an elite team of narcotics investigators.

Butane honey oil, also known as wax or hash oil, is a highly concentrated form of marijuana that has grown in popularity the last several years.

April 22, 2015

The Senate Health Committee recently approved SB 476, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), which would protect the well being of California’s children by ensuring that day camps in the state are held to the same high standards as resident camps where children stay overnight.

April 22, 2015

Sacramento – A bill to restore public trust and accountability in government by strengthening California’s conflict of interest laws was approved today by the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote of 6 to 0. SB 330 authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) would define what family relationships would constitute a financial conflict interest for a public official in voting on public contracts before any governmental body, board or commission of which that public officer is a member.

April 22, 2015

As vaccination opponents protest the decision of California lawmakers Wednesday to advance a bill mandating immunizations for most children in the state, Long Beach child care officials sounded off on a related bill requiring immunizations for daycare workers.

Introduced by Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, Senate Bill 792 would require preschool staffers to receive immunizations for measles, whooping cough and influenza. Workers too medically fragile to be vaccinated would be exempt. 

Gives Lesson on How a Bill Becomes a Law

April 2, 2015

By Nadra Nittle, Long Beach Press Telegram

Posted: 03/31/15, 2:49 PM PDT | Updated: 17 hrs ago

Senator Mendoza showing process on how a bill becomes a law.

March 24, 2015

California state Sen. Tony Mendoza proposes directing funds raised by the state's cap-and-trade program toward the building of public parks and other kinds of greenery projects in lower income areas. 

The legislation, Senate Bill 760, also would allow for groundwater storage projects across California.

March 4, 2015

The new director of California's Employment Development Department was grilled by state senators Wednesday at the state Capitol as the department continues to work out bugs in its system.

"What I will tell you is we are doing the best that we can with what we have," Patrick Henning told lawmakers.

Henning, the new EDD director, said the department in charge of unemployment benefits is still trying to improve its much-maligned computer system.

March 4, 2015

Coming off the heels of a confirmed case of measles in Merced County, a California senator is pushing for a bill that would require all day care workers to be vaccinated. On Wednesday, Senator Tony Mendoza introduced SB792.

Mendoza stated in a press released, according to the CDC in the year 2000, measles had been eliminated. But now, there have been 117 confirmed cases in California since late December. Mendoza said he believed it was common sense and scientific sense for adults who are around children to get vaccinated.

March 4, 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In the wake of one of the worst measles outbreaks in recent history, a California lawmaker proposed a bill Wednesday that would require all child care and pre-school workers to get vaccinated against several contagious diseases.

Because the workers have close contact with children, it makes sense to require them to be vaccinated against measles, pertussis, influenza and other diseases, Sen. said Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia.

March 4, 2015

A California lawmaker is urging the state to make vaccines mandatory for all adults who work in preschools and day-care centers, a move following the largest measles outbreak in California in 15 years.

“This is not just a common-sense solution but makes scientific sense,” said Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia), who introduced the bill Wednesday. “One child’s death is one too many, especially when it may be preventable. With the recent deadly outbreaks of measles and influenza, we must do everything in our power to protect California’s children who spend time in day care.”

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