Pending Legislation

The following is a list of pending policies and legislation that the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California is currently engaged in or following during the 2022 legislative session:

California Legislation 

AB 1093 | Remote Online Notaries

Author: Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer

Description: Would authorize a notary public to apply for registration to be a remote online notary public. The bill would authorize an online notary public to perform notarial acts and online notarizations by means of audio-video communication. The bill would impose requirements for ensuring the security of an electronic signature or electronic seal and would make a violation of those provisions subject to civil penalties. 

CCCC Position: Support in Concept

AB 1809 | Psychotropic Consent in SNFs

Author: Assembly Member Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Description: Would add to Residents’ rights (1) the right to receive all material information related to an individual’s decision to accept or reject any proposed treatment or procedure and (2) the right to be free from psychotherapeutic drugs excepted in limited circumstances. This bill would make the resident’s physician responsible for disclosing all material information relating to psychotherapeutic drugs and resident’s informed consent. The bill would declare prescription or administration of psychotherapeutic drugs without informed consent a battery.

CCCC Position: Neutral as amended

AB 2288 | Advance Directive & Mental Health Treatment

Author: Assembly Member Steven Choi

Description: Would clarify that health care decisions under those provisions include mental health treatment. The bill would revise the statutory advance health care directive form to clarify that a person may include instructions relating to mental health treatment.

CCCC Position: Support in Concept

AB 2288 was approved by Governor Newsom on June 20, 2022. 

AB 2338 | Healthcare Decision-Maker Hierarchy

Author: Assembly Member Mike Gipson

Description:  Would specify individuals, in an order of priority, who may be chosen as a surrogate if a patient lacks the capacity to make a health care decision or to designate a surrogate.  Specifically, a surrogate may be chosen from any of the following persons, in the following descending order of priority: 
(1) The person’s agent pursuant to an advance health care line 24 directive. 
(2) The conservator or guardian of the person having the line 26 authority to make health care decisions for the person. 
(3) The spouse of the person. 
(4) The domestic partner, as defined in Section 297 of the Family line 29 Code, of the person. 
(5) An adult child of the person. 
(6) A custodial parent of the person. 
(7) An adult sibling of the person. 
(8) An adult grandchild of the person. 
(9) An available adult relative with the closest degree of kinship to the person. 

CCCC Position: Neutral as amended

SB 1139 | Prison Visitation (serious illness)

Author: Senator Sydney Kamlager

Description:  Would require the Department of Corrections to:

  • Provide persons outside of a department facility with the means to initiate a phone call with an incarcerated person when the person has been admitted to the hospital for a serious medical condition and to inform the department when a family member or designated person has become critically ill or dies while the incarcerated has been hospitalized. 
  • Assist an incarcerated person in completing an approved visitor list, medical release of information form, medical power of attorney form, and next of kin form, and to allow the incarcerated person to update those forms within 24 hours of being hospitalized, as provided. 
  • Within 24 hours of an incarcerated person being hospitalized, as specified, to inform persons covered by the medical release of information form of the incarcerated person’s health status. 
  • Require the department to make emergency in-person contact visits and video calls available whenever an incarcerated person is hospitalized or moved to a medical unit within the facility and the incarcerated person is in critical or more serious condition. 
CCCC Position: Support  


Federal Legislation 

H.R. 647 | Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA)

Description: Amends the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of permanent faculty in palliative care at accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, nursing schools, social work schools, and other programs, including physician assistant education programs, to promote education and research in palliative care and hospice, and to support the development of faculty careers in academic palliative medicine.

CCCC Position: Support