Ban on children using tanning beds, increased job training, and insurance equality among Ted Lieu bills taking effect Jan. 1, 2012

December 14, 2011
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Legislature, governor, approve key laws by Senator Lieu      

SACRAMENTO – Creating jobs, ensuring equality and banning children from using cancer-causing tanning beds are among the laws by freshman Sen. Ted W. Lieu taking effect Jan. 1, 2012. 

Slashing unemployment and protecting both our children and our wallets while creating middle-class jobs are among this year’s successes benefiting Californians statewide.  Lieu’s ban on the use of tanning beds by those under 18 capped a years-long effort dating to his Assembly tenure. It is among his most far-reaching laws and promises to save countless lives and make California the model in the nation and among countries worldwide.  A new study announced Wednesday by scientists at the Yale School of Public Health shows that use of tanning beds by teens lead to a 70-percent increase in common skin cancer.  More HERE:

 Here are new laws by Lieu:

Senate Bill 698  – Job Training and Oversight
As California faces the toughest jobs crisis in more than 50 years, SB 698 will help slash unemployment and improve how workers are connected to well-paying jobs by holding local job-training programs more accountable to higher standards.

SB 746  – Tanning Beds and Cancer Prevention
This first-in-the-nation law by Lieu bans youths under age 18 from using indoor tanning booths because science has shown they cause skin cancer. Doctors, pediatricians, dermatologists, scientists, health organizations and employers statewide supported this public-health measure.

SB 757  – Insurance Equality
This anti-discrimination protection closes a loophole used by out-of-state health insurers to unfairly avoid paying medical-coverage benefits for domestic partners.

 SB 917  – Curbing Animal Abuse and Neglect
This animal-protection effort will help prevent animal abuse by banning their sale on street corners and temporary retail venues.

 SB 857  – Strike Damages
This bill protects free speech and prohibits PERB from assessing damages based on a mere threat of a strike.

 In addition, three laws will take effect that Lieu supported, co-sponsored or co-authored:  SB 813 helps veterans attend college; SB 806 addresses pay abuses in the California National Guard; and SB 622, which cracks down on sex offenders.

 Finally, Lieu co-authored AB 900 and a companion measure to streamline the review process for construction projects while protecting all existing environmental standards.

SPECIAL NOTE: The office of Sen. Lieu can provide a Spanish-speaking representative to comment on the bills cited in this Press Release.

 For more, including Fact Sheets on the above measures, visit Lieu’s Web site below.

 Ted W. Lieu represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Pedro.  For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu.