Senate Bill 689 Press Conference
Senate Bill 689 will amend the California Health and Safety Code Section 121349 to allow local governments a greater say in the location of clean needle and syringe exchange programs.
Specifically, this bill restricts the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) from authorizing or re-authorizing needle and syringe exchange programs unless a city or county has approved the request.
Current law defines two methods in which needle exchange programs may be authorized to operate: 1) action taken by the county board of supervisors or city council; 2) authorization granted by the CDPH.
This current process sidesteps local control, and allows the state to decree they know where to best locate these programs.
- Orange County plans lawsuit to block state-authorized mobile needle exchange 8/3/2018
- Costa Mesa passes urgency ordinance barring needle exchanges in the city 8/8/2018
- Judge Blocks Needle Exchange Program In Orange County 11/28/2018
- Local control is key to making needle exchange programs work 2/28/2019
- CA Lawmaker Wants to Give Cities More Authority Over State-Run Needle Exchange Programs 3/1/2019
- Moorlach Proposes Needle Exchange Legislation 3/1/2019
Eric Dietz, (916) 651-4037