“Step Therapy” or “Fail-First” Healthcare Reform Passes Assembly

AB 374 Allows Doctors to Determine Treatment; Not Insurance Companies

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assembly Bill 374, Step Therapy Reform, passed the Assembly with bipartisan support. “Step therapy” or “fail-first” allows insurance plans to deny coverage of effective medications until patients try older, cheaper options first. AB 374 gives doctors exemption options to override Step Therapy.

“We need to bring balance back to our healthcare system. Patients should not have to ‘fail-first’ to get the medicine they need. Step Therapy Reform provides doctors the opportunity to get the right medicine to their patients,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.

Statement by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian on Governor Brown’s $ 5 Million Permanent Funding Increase of the California Arts Council

“I am thrilled the California Arts Council will receive a $5 Million permanent funding increase in the Governor’s proposed revised budget.  I want to thank Governor Brown for his support and leadership.  One in 10 jobs in California are part of the creative industries; generating billions for our economy.  The Arts Council is an incubator of creative talent statewide and the $5 million is an investment in keeping California’s creative economy competitive.”

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Tackles Bedbug Pandemic

Assembly Bill (AB) 551 Ratifies the Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Fighting a Bedbug Infestation.

(Sacramento, CA) Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian introduced legislation aimed at stemming the infestation of bedbugs sweeping California.  A recently released report by Orkin, a national pest control company, ranked Los Angeles fourth nationwide in bedbug infestations with San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose region, and the Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto region all within the top 50 nationwide. 

“We need common sense steps to reduce the bedbug blight in California.  Tenants and landlords must work together to eradicate these blood suckers from our homes,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.    

Basic Public Safety Standards for Ridesharing Passes Two Key Committees

Assembly Bill (AB) 24 Requires Drivers to Enroll in a DMV Employer Pull Notice Program & Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

(Sacramento, CA) Assembly Bill 24 passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee by a vote of 11 to 5.  Assembly Bill 24 is a consumer protection and public safety bill to establish basic public safety standards for drivers of charter party carriers, such as limousines, buses, and transportation network companies, like Uber and Lyft. 

“This is a win for the public’s safety,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian.  “The requirements in AB 24 are all simple, common sense measures that any business focused on consumer safety should have no issue complying with.”

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian Increases the Art Council’s Budget by $10 Million

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian proposed adding five positions and increasing the California Arts Council’s budget by $10 million dollars. Governor Brown’s budget proposal funds the California Arts Council at $4.911 million, which includes $1.138 million of General Fund dollars.  This is a five million dollar decrease from last year.    

The $10 million increase was passed by the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 4 and will part of the Assembly’s Budget proposal. 

LA Mayor Garcetti and Assemblymember Nazarian Urge Approval of 30% Seismic Retrofit Tax Incentive

Assembly Bill (AB) 428 Will Establish a Five Year 30% Tax Credit for Seismic Retrofit of Earthquake Vulnerable Buildings

(Los Angeles, CA) Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian stood on the steps of the seismic-retrofitted Van Nuys City Hall to highlight historic legislation which would provide a five-year 30% state seismic tax credit to property owners for safety improvements to their vulnerable buildings.

"It's not a question of if, but rather when the next big earthquake will hit Los Angeles, and together with Assemblymember Nazarian, we're taking action to shore up our buildings and better protect our city from the inevitable," said Mayor Garcetti. "AB428 would take an important step in making my seismic resilience plan a reality, providing a tax benefit to help building owners complete lifesaving retrofits. I urge the State Legislature to pass this important legislation."