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News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19

Health groups ask Sen. Harris and Sen. Feinstein to protect emergency workers in next stimulus

Oakland-- CALPIRG, American Academy of Pediatrics- CA, SF Bay Area Physicians for Social Responsibility, and several other groups sent a letter to Senator Harris and Senator Feinstein on July 2nd thanking them for supporting the Medical Supply Transparency and Delivery Act, which would establish central, transparent coordination of the medical supply chain during the COVID-19 crisis. The groups are also asking Sen. Harris and Sen. Feinstein to urge Senate leadership to include the legislation in the next coronavirus stimulus package. The letter comes after health officials expressed serious concern over continued shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) amid rising cases and a lack of federal support. 

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | Public Health

New data: More than half of California school districts report lead in drinking water

SACRAMENTO- As California schools consider best practices for reopening in the fall, they must address the fact that too many have found unacceptable levels of lead in their drinking water. CALPIRG Education Fund released an updated interactive map with results reported from schools. More than 2,100 school drinking water fountains tested positive for lead at 1,300 schools in the state over the past three years, according to a new analysis by CALPIRG Education Fund.

News Release | CALPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

New analysis: California receives "trending poorly” marks for COVID-19 containment measures

“From early on in this pandemic, it’s been clear that we must listen to public health experts or suffer dire consequences,” said Emily Rusch, Executive Director of CALPIRG Education Fund.  “What we are seeing right now in our state is that while we’re doing some things right, we must act more comprehensively to protect the health and welfare of our citizens and beat this virus.”

News Release | CALPIRG | COVID-19, Consumer Protection

Statement: Critical Bill to Protect Consumers from Price Gouging Passes Senate Floor

Crucial legislation to protect Californians from price gouging, Senate Bill 1196 (Umberg), passed the Senate Floor with a bipartisan 39-0 vote Friday morning. 

News Release | CALPIRG | Public Health

California Assembly approves Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act in historic bipartisan vote

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, the California Assembly passed the Toxic-Free Cosmetics Act, A.B. 2762, by a resounding bipartisan vote of 54:0. If enacted, the law would be the first in the nation to ban 12 toxic ingredients, including mercury and formaldehyde, from the beauty and personal care products Californians use every day. 

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