(Los Angeles, CA) Last night, Assemblymember Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), Chair of the California Legislative Armenian Caucus released the following statement addressing Azerbaijan’s attacks on Artsakh.
“On Sunday, September 27 Azerbaijan launched a large-scale unprovoked attack on the Republic of Artsakh, targeting civilians, families, and children including the capital, Stepanakert. This violence against the Armenian people is a continuation of the heinous crimes committed during the genocide over 100 years ago.
(Sacramento, CA) - Today, the California Assembly Health Committee overwhelmingly passed AB 2203 by Assemblymember Nazarian (D-Van Nuys), which would cap insulin copays at $50. Diabetes affects millions of Californians a year and the soaring prices of insulin have disrupted millions of lives. People with Type 1 diabetes and some with Type 2 diabetes must have insulin to live, but price increases for those whose coverage requires significant cost-sharing have made insulin unaffordable. This should not be the case. This bill implements much needed legislation that puts patients above profit. Ab 2203 is a concrete solution to the high-cost of insulin that is burdening people with diabetes across the state and an essential step to fulfilling our promise to all working families of California.
“I know that this uncertain time during the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult for us all, and many Californians are struggling to survive. My bill, AB 2203, aims to help Californians with diabetes by lowering the out-of-pocket costs for insulin so they can stick to their treatment plan outlined by their physician. When insulin is not taken appropriately, the risk of serious complications and death increases quickly. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more critical to lower copays to ensure Californians with diabetes can afford their life-saving insulin prescriptions and stay on their insulin regimens,” said Assemblymember Nazarian.
California Must Build to a Seismic Resilient Standard
(Sacramento, CA) On a unanimous vote, the Assembly Committee on Housing and Community Development today approved Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian’s (D-Van Nuys) Assembly Bill 1997, allowing the state to consider whether it is time to address the performance objective of our current building code given California’s high seismic risk and lengthy wait time of the national code development process.
“By strengthening our building codes we are proactively preventing catastrophic property damage, economic disruption, and loss of homes,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “Our building code policy should reflect the evolutions in earthquake science and engineering practice.”
(Sacramento, CA) The California Armenian Legislative Caucus is holding two scholarship contests for the 2020 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in 9th through 12th grade are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide on its anniversary.
All winners will be contacted directly and announced to mainstream and Armenian media by the California Armenian Legislative Caucus on Friday, April 16, 2020. All winners will be awarded scholarships and a trip to the State Capitol in Sacramento to be acknowledged at the California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ annual Armenian Advocacy Day during a press conference on April 27, 2020 and receive special recognition from the members of the Armenian Caucus. Original artwork will be requested from visual arts applicants if they are selected as a finalist, for display in the California State Capitol.
(Sacramento, CA) Governor Newsom has signed AB 1320, the Divestment from Turkish Bonds Act, into law.
“California stands on the side of justice and remembers the 1.5 million souls lost during the Armenian Genocide,” stated Governor Gavin Newsom. “Today and everyday, let us recommit ourselves to making certain that we never forget and that we always speak out against hatred and atrocities anywhere they occur. I am proud to stand with friends and sign AB 1320 into law.”