Senate Bill 689 -- Local Control of Needle Exchange Programs

February 25, 2019

Senate Bill 689 Press Conference

Summary:

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.

Issue Background:

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.

Articles:

Contact:

Eric Dietz, (916) 651-4037
Eric.Dietz@sen.ca.gov