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July 23, 2021
Weideman Group Weekly

Newsom’s Billions

In a campaign style tour around the state, Governor Newsom has been highlighting a series of budget investments he inked in the last few weeks.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
July 16, 2021

Health Information Exchange

The Legislature passed and sent to the Governor another round of budget “trailer bills” this week. One of the bills is AB 133, a measure that mandates the sharing of health information among health plans, health systems and providers.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
July 1, 2021

Show Me the Money

The legislature passed a package of budget bills, some of which have already been signed by the Governor, just in time for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to begin. Highlights of the package include investments to fund universal school meals for all students, expansion of Medi-Cal coverage to all income eligible Californians 50 years or older regardless of immigration status, $6 billion for broadband infrastructure, and $8.1 billion in direct stimulus payments to Californians making under $75,000 a year.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
June 18, 2021

Deal or No Deal

The Legislature passed a placeholder budget this week in order to meet the constitutional deadline of June 15th to pass a balanced budget. AB 128 (Ting) is the Legislature’s bicameral budget proposal, but it does not represent a budget deal with the Governor. Negotiations between the Governor and legislative leadership are ongoing around a final budget package that the Governor will actually sign.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
June 11, 2021

Reopen California

On Tuesday next week, California will move past the Blueprint for a Safer Economy and reopen after more than a year of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While larger congregate events or mega events are still discouraged, most businesses and activities will be allowed to resume at full capacity with little or no restrictions. The Newsom administration will begin the process of winding down various executive orders that waive statutes and regulations.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
June 5, 2021

House of Origin Deadline

The Legislature dispensed with hundreds of bills ahead of today’s house of origin deadline. All bills that made it out of their house of origin by today will now move to the opposite house for consideration in the coming months. Bills that didn’t make it out of their house of origin by today will be eligible to move in January 2022, unless it is a measure that was defeated in committee.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
June 2, 2021

Vax for the Win

Governor Newsom announced Vax for the Win, a $116.5 million incentive program to help increase vaccination rates as the state approaches its June 15th reopening target date. Under the program, a lottery will award 10 lucky Californians that have at least had their first vaccine shot $1.5 million each and 30 people will win $50,000.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
May 7, 2021

Governor’s Emergency Powers Upheld

In a unanimous decision, the 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled that Governor Newsom has the right to modify state laws during the COVID-19 declared state of emergency. This decision reverses a lower court’s ruling that favored the litigants that brought on the lawsuit, Republican Assemblymembers Kevin Kiley and James Gallagher, who argued that the Governor was overstepping his power on public health.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
April 30, 2021

California Loses a Congressional Seat

For the first time in the state’s history, California will lose a congressional seat following the results of the 2020 census. California will join 6 other states that lose a seat until the next reapportionment following the 2030 census. The independent California Citizens Redistricting Commission is tasked with drawing new congressional maps in CA with one fewer district. The Commission will release its first draft of the new districts on August 15th.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
April 9, 2021

Reopening and Recovery

Governor Newsom announced this week that California plans to end its use of the colored tier system for counties under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy on June 15 so long as there is a steady supply of COVID-19 vaccines and low COVID-19 hospitalizations. This would effectively open up California’s economy in time for summer. California continues to see a steady improvement in COVID numbers, including the lowest positivity rate in the nation and over 21 million doses of vaccine administered.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
April 2, 2021

American Jobs Plan

President Biden is seeking to build on the successful passage of the American Rescue Plan with a $2 trillion investment in infrastructure and jobs known as the American Jobs Plan. Among other things, the plan contains $621 billion for transportation infrastructure (roadways, railways, bridges and clean energy transportation); $650 billion for retrofitting affordable homes, school buildings, underground water infrastructure and broa

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
March 26, 2021

Vaccines for All

Governor Newsom announced that the state will be dramatically expanding vaccine eligibility in the coming weeks. Beginning April 1st, all individuals aged 50+ will be eligible to make an appointment to receive their vaccination and individuals aged 16+ will be eligible starting April 15th. This expansion has been made possible by an increase in vaccination supply and is supported by an expanded capacity to administer vaccines that Blue Shield of California is spearheading.

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Weideman COVID-19 Update
March 19, 2021

It’s Time for Some More Shots

California expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to include everyone over 16 that is deemed at a higher risk of COVID-19 morbidity by their healthcare provider. It is advised that individuals in this new category contact their health provider, work through myturn.ca.gov and check with their local county health department on the availability of the vaccine.