Sacramento–Today Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) introduced AB 510, a bill that adds new protections for patients from surprise medical bills, building on those already provided by AB 72, a bill that has protected 14 million California patients from surprise medical bills since 2017.
“AB 72 has been a lifeline for patients the past four years protecting them from the financial devastation that surprise medical bills could have caused,” said Wood.
Statement from Assemblymember Jim Wood on co-authoring SB 311
“I’m proud to be a co-author on Senator Ben Hueso’s bill to provide compassionate access to medical cannabis in healthcare facilities for Californians who are terminally ill,” said Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa). SB 311, known as “Ryan’s Law,” would require that hospitals and certain types of health care facilities in California allow a terminally ill patient to use medical cannabis for treatment and/or pain relief.
“We can’t allow a discrepancy in state and federal laws to prevent the compassionate use of medical cannabis for terminally ill patients when medicinal cannabis can improve the quality of their end-of-life care,” said Wood.
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SACRAMENTO–Today Governor Gavin Newsom introduced his budget for 2021-22 and Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) provides his response.
“The 2021-22 budget year will be very challenging. The tragic loss of lives and the economic harm that the COVID-19 pandemic has done to Californians and its effect on the state’s economy have been devastating, and to bring things back to the way they were, and address the inadequacies that have long existed even before the pandemic, makes this year especially difficult.
SACRAMENTO–On Saturday, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced the 2021-22 legislative session committee assignments.
Speaker Rendon appointed Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) to serve on five committees: Agriculture, Budget, Insurance, Health and Natural Resources. In addition, he appointed Wood to Budget Subcommittee 1 on Health and Human Services and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
SACRAMENTO–Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) introduced AB 9, a bill that will expand statewide efforts to prevent wildfires.
Fifteen of the 20 most destructive wildfires in California have occurred in the last 10 years. Five of the six largest wildfires in California occurred in 2020 alone. There are historic fuel load levels in many California environments, along with the effects of climate change, has resulted in a dangerous environment for wildfires.