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News Story
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A bill to suspend licenses for physicians accused of overprescribing medication has passed the California Legislature, but supporters aren’t happy. Senate Bill 670, authored by Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would have temporarily restricted doctors who are accused of harming patients by improperly prescribing medicine. But last-...
News Release
9/12/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—In the fine print of “environmental justice” legislation, AB 1330 (Speaker John Perez) is a huge to gift to polluters that allows the state’s toxics regulator to make a plan for “reducing the disposal of hazardous waste that may post a significant threat to human health or the environment to the...
News Release
9/11/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – The California Medical Association blocked another bill aimed at improving patient safety yesterday, prompting consumer advocates and families harmed by dangerous doctors to consider amending a pending patient safety ballot measure to include those reforms the legislature fails to enact this year. SB 670 (Steinberg) would...
News Release
9/9/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being “left in place” instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities if lawmakers vote through a gut-and-amended Assembly Bill 1330 without new amendments this week, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog called on author...
News Story
8/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxics department officials are proposing amendments to a pending environmental justice bill authored by the Assembly speaker that may establish a new hazardous waste management structure aimed at meeting the agency's goal of cutting hazardous waste disposal by 50 percent, sources say. Under one department proposal, referred to by some...
News Release
8/28/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a Do Not Track bill just passed by the State Legislature because it is a step towards consumer knowledge, but the public interest group added that ultimately consumers must have the right to simply say “no” to online tracking. The bill, AB 370, requires a...
News Release
8/13/2013
Posted by Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA – Two major patient safety bills passed a key Assembly committee this morning only after being stripped of key protections after heavy lobbying by the California Medical Association. A Los Angeles Times investigation this week further exposed the overprescribing epidemic in California, reporting that the pharmaceutical...
News Release
7/16/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the co-chairs of an Internet standards-setting working group for rejecting a proposal from the online advertising industry that would have allowed online services to continue profiling users even when a Do Not Track message was sent.   Consumer Watchdog said that legislation would...
News Story
6/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On September 21, 2011, members of a working group tasked with creating a new set of industry standards for online privacy gathered for their first official face-to-face meeting. One by one, representatives from Yahoo, Microsoft, the Federal Trade Commission, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and elsewhere arrived at the Stata Center, the...
News Story
6/2/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A West Sacramento billboard featuring an infant who died from whooping cough marks a formal declaration of war by groups targeting elimination of a cap on pain-and-suffering damages in medical negligence suits. Bankrolled by trial lawyers, the billboard features Mia Chavez, a 6-week-old Los Angeles County child who died in July 2010, allegedly...