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Keep Our Seniors Safe Act Signed by Governor Newsom

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) announces that California Governor Newsom signed the Keep Our Seniors Safe Act, a part of SB 172 (Portantino) which was signed into law on 12 October, 2019.

The Keep Our Seniors Safe Act strengthens the Health and Safety Code by adding safe gun storage requirements for firearms retained by residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE - also known as assisted living facilities).

CARR sponsored this common-sense safe gun storage legislation in recognition that an estimated 70% of assisted living residents have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease or related dementias (ADRD). Dementia is a primary reason families seek an assisted living placement for a family member.

Many assisted living facilities are licensed to accept and retain residents having mild to severe cognitive impairment. Common characteristics include disorientation, confusion, changes in mood or personality and impaired judgment. CARR's public records' research evidenced that some assisted living facilities were storing firearms in unlocked desk drawers, or allowing residents to retain weapons in their rooms.

The characteristics and associated behaviors of a resident with cognitive impairment, coupled with unsecured weapons inside an RCFE posed an unreasonable risk of harm to residents, families and any third party working in or visiting an assisted living facility.

The Keep Our Seniors Safe Act fills the statutory and regulatory gaps concerning firearm storage by requiring weapons to be centrally stored in the facility, in a locked gun safe meeting the regulatory standards established by the California Department of Justice.

The statute advances CARR's consumer-driven agenda focused on reducing health and safety risks to residents living in California's licensed assisted living facilities.

"This legislation (Chapter 840) gives the state's agency (Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division DSS/CCLD) responsible for licensing assisted living facilities definitive and unequivocal standards for determining compliant gun storage," said CARR's President, Christine Murphy.

This is CARR's second piece of legislation to become law; the first was AB 1523 (Atkins) requiring assisted living facilities to carry liability insurance.

About CARR:
Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is a San Diego-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization promoting transparency and accountability for consumers using assisted living services, and specializing in public document research on assisted living facilities, and the state's oversight of the industry. Learn more at: https://rcfereform.org/

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‘California Vaccine Fascism is Complete,’ says Dr. Harte

CORTE MADERA, Calif. -- Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractic activist and former Libertarian State Senate candidate, is disgusted, but not surprised, by the passage of SB266 and SB714, effectively ending medical exemptions for forced vaccination.

"This is the end of any parental choice or control, even the end of individual medical judgement, regarding State-mandated vaccination," according to Dr. Harte. "This is authoritarianism, justified by fake science."

Dr. Harte says, "The ruling class in Sacramento see us as sheep. We are supposed to forget that the first bill proposed and passed by Dr./Sen. Pan and his Big Pharma-paid cronies was simply to 'educate' parents. He promised that he would never take away a parent's right to choose." He goes on: "And then Dr Pan did just that, he took away a parent's right to choose, or not, a risk-laden medical procedure, vaccination for their children, allowing only medical exemptions."

"The most obvious goal of authoritarianism is conformity... obedience." Dr. Harte observed, "Dr. Pan and his cronies didn't count on some medical doctors having the intelligence and courage to make their own clinical decisions, attempting to take appropriate action to protect children exhibiting previous vaccine damage, as well as other factors, necessitating vaccine exemption."

"As expected," Dr. Harte says, "these real doctors were vilified by corrupt politicians and a crooked press, as 'selling fraudulent' exemptions to drum up business." He goes on: "This is as if all the doctors who are willing to vaccinate every child, regardless of previous and expected damage from vaccines, make no money from visits for vaccines, and for vaccine reactions, that they deny are vaccine reactions. Is Big Pharma making no money on this? And Big Pharma's billions? Now they terrorize their own licensed medical doctors so they cannot even exempt a child that has already been vaccine-damaged."

"As dictators throughout history used fake crises, so did Dr. Pan and company," charges Dr. Harte. "They cite recent 'measles epidemics', 127 in 2014 and 67 in 2019, of what used to be considered a normal childhood disease. Not a big deal disease. Not even big deal numbers. And vaccinated children have gotten the disease, from the vaccine. The last verifiable death was in 2003. What crisis?"

"You want to know about a real health crisis?" asks Dr. Harte. "The health of children has declined, precipitously, since the introduction of dozens and dozens of mandated vaccinations. There is no debate or dispute ... vaccines contain neuro and immunotoxins, and the very process of vaccination perverts normal immune system function. It is no wonder that the real epidemics among children are autism, Type 1 diabetes, Crohn's disease, life-threatening allergies, asthma, Guillain-Barre Syndrome and a variety of emotional/psychological disorders... all great business sources for Medicine and Big Pharma."

"These two new California laws are not based upon science. This is not public service," declares Dr. Harte. "This is nothing but marketing, of the lowest, sleaziest order. Lowest," he says, "because the medical industry, bathing in its position of trust and adoration by society, is creating a false sense of danger, while pushing a vaccine that is questionable in its effectiveness, and is certain in its danger."

Dr. Harte advises: "The State is unconcerned with the health of your children. Vaccination, specifically, and so-called 'preventative medicine' is not the road to health. The medical 'geniuses" don't get that health is not the lack of disease. Want health? Eat well, rest, exercise, handle stress and keep your nervous system free of interference with regular wellness chiropractic care."

Dr. Harte finally warns, "This parade of despotic laws is not about public health. It is about control by the State, and financial advantage to Big Pharma, the pediatricians and the politicians that support these anti-liberty bills. Mark my words... the State of California will not stop with children. They will come after us adults next. The evidence? SR58. What medical procedure will be next to be mandated by the State?"

Dr. Harte proclaims: "It is time to speak up for health and for liberty. The minds and bodies of children are getting damaged, directly from a medical procedure, dictated by the State. This is clearly a civil rights issue. The decent, courageous people arrested at the Capital, in protest of SB276 and SB714, are no different than the decent, courageous people who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr."

About Dr. Don Harte:
Dr. Don Harte, former medical student, is a principled, traditional chiropractor serving Marin and the Greater Bay Area since 1981. He is an activist in the struggle for free speech for chiropractors. Dr. Harte was named 2006 "Chiropractor of the Year" by the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA). He has served on the Boards of the WCA and the Council on Chiropractic Practice. His articles have been published in OMNI magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Chiropractic Journal and Journal of the California Chiropractic Association. More information: https://www.chirodrharte.com/

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Florida Distillers Go to Capitol Hill to Urge Support for Spirits Tax Cut Bill

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine Distillery joined two Florida distillers along with more than 150 craft distillers from around the country who gathered in Washington, D.C. from July 22 through July 24 for the distilled spirits industry's 10th Annual Public Policy Conference, co-hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA). The conference featured a series of legislative and regulatory sessions on key federal and state issues impacting the distilling industry.

As part of the conference, St. Augustine Distillery CEO Philip McDaniel, together with Paul Twyford of Winter Park Distillery and Roger Morenc of Marlin & Barrel Distilleries participated in two days of congressional office and state senate visits.

Meetings included Congressional Members John Rutherford, Lois Frankel and Donna Shalala along with staff from eight other members as well as staff from Senators Rubio and Scott to urge support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1175/S. 362). This critical legislation makes permanent a federal excise tax cut on distilled spirits and was enacted in 2017. Without Congressional approval, the tax cut for distillers will expire on Dec. 31, 2019.

The group also discussed the harm that retaliatory tariffs on spirits exports are having on American distillers, large and small, and the importance of their distilleries to the economic development of the surrounding community.

"Meeting with the members and their staff was the highlight of the conference," said McDaniel. "We conveyed the importance and urgency of making the tax cut on distilled spirits permanent. The reduced tax rate has had a major impact on our distilleries enabling us to buy new equipment, hire more staff, offer an employee health plan and buy more local agriculture. It was impactful to share with each member how this bill will continue to help our small distilleries grow, as well as the devastating impact on our business if it does not pass."

"This is a historic moment for our industry as more than 150 distillers from 33 states descend on Washington to rally further support for this critical, urgent legislation," said Margie A.S. Lehrman, CEO, American Craft Spirits Association. "Without permanent and immediate Federal Excise Tax reform, the stability of this vibrant industry, and the industries that surround us - agriculture, tourism and the broader hospitality industry - are bound to be paralyzed."

"These distillers delivered a unified message to legislative leaders on Capitol Hill at a critical time," said Chris Swonger, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the national trade association representing producers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. "The federal tax cut on spirits is set to expire at the end of the year and the negative impacts of the retaliatory tariffs against U.S. spirits products are mounting."

Distillers who attended the conference also had opportunities to showcase their craft spirits at a "Meet America's Distillers" reception on Capitol Hill for lawmakers and a "Spirits of America" reception journalists at the National Press Club.

About the St. Augustine Distillery:

The St. Augustine Distillery is located in St. Augustine Florida. The Distillery opened in 2014 in the historic FP&L Ice Plant, built as part of St. Augustine's first power and ice complex in 1907. The ice plant is a contribution to the Lincolnville Neighborhood on the National Register of Historic Places. The St. Augustine Distillery uses local Florida ingredients including sugar cane, wheat, corn and citrus to produce whiskey, rum, vodka, gin and Florida's first bourbon.

The distillery was co-founded by Philip McDaniel and Mike Diaz, entrepreneurs with a passion for community and sustainable economic development. They joined the national movement of distilling super premium, small batch spirits by opening the distillery in St. Augustine.

The St. Augustine Distillery offers free tours and tastings. It is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 112 Riberia St., St. Augustine, Fla., 32084. For information call 904-825-4962 or visit http://www.staugustinedistillery.com/.

About American Craft Spirits Association and Distilled Spirits Council:

The American Craft Spirits Association is the only national registered non-profit trade association representing the U.S. craft spirits industry. Its mission is to elevate and advocate for the community of craft spirits producers. For information about ACSA, call 202-669-3661 or: https://americancraftspirits.org/.

The Distilled Spirits Council is the leading voice and advocate for distilled spirits in the United States. Representing the leading producers of distilled spirits, the Council: advocates on legislative, regulatory and public affairs issues impacting the distilled spirits sector at the local, state, federal and international levels; promotes the distilled spirits sector, raising awareness and opening markets in the United States and around the globe; and encourages responsible and moderate consumption of distilled spirits. Information: https://www.distilledspirits.org/.

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Energy Jobs Will Be Easier to Find for Virginians After Enactment of HB2008/SB1348

RICHMOND, Va. -- Energy sector jobs will be easier to find following Governor Northam's approval of HB2008 / SB1348 earlier this year. The legislation creates a 17th Energy Career Cluster in the state's education system, says the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium. An Energy Career Cluster will introduce students to career opportunities in energy and focus their education on the jobs needed to meet the industry's growing workforce needs.

"All forms of energy, traditional and renewable, rely on many of the same skills," said Matt Kellam, chair of the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium. "While those skills are currently taught in Virginia's schools in other industry clussters, there is little emphasis on how they apply specifically to supplying energy. With this legislation, we will ensure that students are better aware of the opportunities available in meeting our energy needs."

Under the language of the law, the Virginia Department of Education will align education programs with the energy industry competency and credential models developed by the Center for Energy Workforce Development in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor. This will guarantee that Virginia students' education in an array of fields related to energy will prepare them for energy jobs in the Commonwealth.

"I was proud to serve as the patron for House Bill 2008 during the 2019 session of the General Assembly," said Delegate T. Scott Garrett (R-Lynchburg). "Energy jobs are the backbone of the American economy and we need to make sure all students in the Commonwealth have a pipeline to access this vibrant sector of the 21st century workforce."

Creation of a 17th Energy Career Cluster is supported by a coalition of energy industry companies and business groups including the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Lynchburg Regional Alliance, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium, Dominion Energy, Washington Gas, Virginia's Electric Cooperatives, and the Virginia Manufacturers' Association.

About the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium:

Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium (VEWC) was formed in 2007 to engage energy companies and utilities in strategic, unified, and results-oriented efforts to ensure a skilled, qualified, and diverse workforce to meet future industry needs throughout the Commonwealth. VEWC members include representatives from electric, natural gas, renewable energy, and utility companies; contractors; organized labor unions; industry associations; secondary and postsecondary educational institutions; the public workforce system; and local, regional, and state government agencies. Learn more at: http://consortia.getintoenergy.com/virginia/who-we-are/.

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The Florida Legislature Takes Ground-Breaking Steps Towards Solving the Opioid Crisis in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, which just seems to be getting worse, the Florida legislature took proactive steps in fighting this deadly problem during this year's 2019 legislative session, The Florida Society for Doctors of Oriental Medicine announced today.

The House and Senate both signed off on a bill (HB451) requiring the Florida Department of Health (FS456) to require its licensees, namely any doctor prescribing an opioid, to inform the patient of the alternatives that are available. The new requirement specifically names acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage as alternative options to an opioid. These healthcare practices are licensed and regulated by the Florida State Legislature and the Florida Department of Health.

This is a huge step for the general public's education about legitimate alternative and natural therapies that are licensed and regulated in Florida.

This legislation also directs the Department of Health to formulate an informational packet so a person struggling with a painful condition can make an informed decision regarding the treatment options that are available. The hope is that these alternatives will reduce the need for addictive drugs, and provide options to taking a potentially deadly opioid prescription.

In the past, any type of alternative treatment was viewed as risky. Decades later we now know that many of these methods are safe, effective, cost efficient and have no harmful side-effects.

About The Florida Society for Doctors of Oriental Medicine:

As pioneers in the licensed practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Florida, the Society was formed with one purpose in mind - protect the integrity of this ancient medical art. Florida's professionals are State licensed and regulated to practice Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a form of Primary Health Care according to Florida Law - FS Chapter 457. More information: https://www.fsdom.org/

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New Bill Targets Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Independent, full-service employee benefits consulting firm Strategic Benefits Advisors (SBA) issued a statement today informing employers that bipartisan legislation currently pending could significantly revise the rules for employer-sponsored retirement plans.

The House Ways and Means Committee advanced the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019 on April 2, the same day the Senate reintroduced its latest version of the Retirement Enhancement Savings Act (RESA) of 2019. The bills provide some administrative relief to employers and incentivize them to offer more savings plan opportunities and retirement income security to workers. A reconciled version of the two bills is expected to become law.

According to SBA Principal Mindy Zatto, the proposed legislation stands to benefit both employers and employees.

The SECURE bill includes provisions for employer-sponsored retirement plans which would:
* Relieve nondiscrimination testing requirements for closed defined benefit (DB) plans
* Delay the required minimum distribution starting age from 701/2 to 72
* Provide more time to retroactively adopt certain retirement plans
* Simplify rules and notice requirements related to qualified nonelective contributions in safe harbor 401(k) plans
* Increase the cap on auto-escalation of contributions for safe harbor 401(k) plans from 10% to 15% of pay
* Allow employers of all sizes to join together and create "open" multiple-employer plans (MEPs) to make defined contribution (DC) plans more affordable
* Encourage lifetime income options in DC plans through new participant disclosures, new provider selection rules and new ways to increase the portability of lifetime income investments
* Offer consolidated Form 5500 for certain DC plans to reduce administrative costs
* Allow long-term, part-time workers to participate in employer 401(k) plans
* Increase penalties for failure to file retirement plan returns (such as Forms 5500), required notifications of changes and required withholding notices
* Prohibit DC plans from extending loans to participants via credit cards
* Reduce payout period for nonspouse beneficiaries of DC plans (and IRAs) to 10 years after the participant's (owner's) death
* Convert custodial accounts from terminated 403(b) plans into IRAs
* Increase or create tax credits for small employers that start new retirement plans or automatically enroll workers into new 401(k) savings plans
* Reduce premiums for cooperative and small-employer charity (CSEC) plans
* Provide funding relief for community newspaper pension plans and clarify church plan requirements

Other provisions of the SECURE Act specifically for individuals are designed to:
* Eliminate the current age 701/2 limit for contributing to an IRA
* Allow graduate students to count stipends and non-tuition fellowship payments as compensation for IRA contribution purposes
* Permit penalty-free withdrawals of up to $5,000 from qualified retirement savings plans to help pay for childbirth or adoption expenses (with repayment permitted)
* Expand allowable expenses for 529 college savings plans to include apprenticeships, homeschooling, private school costs or up to $10,000 of qualified student loan repayments
* Increase penalties for individuals who fail to file tax returns.

"Employers that offer retirement programs should take the opportunity now to evaluate options for their current and future plans under the SECURE Act," said Zatto. "The proposed bill includes features that can be substantially beneficial for both plan sponsors and participants who want to increase retirement income security."

A summary of the SECURE Act's provisions can be found here (PDF): https://waysandmeans.house.gov/sites/democrats.waysandmeans.house.gov/files/documents/SECURE%20Act%20section%20by%20section_0.pdf.

A summary of the similar RESA can be found here (PDF): https://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/RESA%20Summary%204.1.19-banner-converted.pdf.

To speak with Strategic Benefits Advisors' experienced team of benefits consultants about the potential impact of these bills on your plans, call 770-551-8989.

About Strategic Benefits Advisors:

Strategic Benefits Advisors, Inc. (SBA) is an independent, full-service employee benefits consulting firm focused on creatively and effectively solving complex benefits issues for clients ranging from 500 to over 250,000 employees. Founded in 2002 by veteran consultants Mindy Zatto and Andy Adams, SBA provides practical consulting recommendations and expert implementation of solutions for all types of employee benefits programs, including retirement, health and welfare, financial wellness and employee recognition. With an average of over 20 years in the field, SBA's team of actuaries, consultants and systems specialists is among the most experienced in the industry.

For more information, visit http://www.sba-inc.com/.

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SUDC Foundation Applauds Reintroduction of Federal Bill to Address Unexpected Child, Infant Deaths

ROSELAND, N.J. -- The SUDC Foundation is pleased to support Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, legislation reintroduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Doug Jones (D-AL) and U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (WI-04), Tom Cole (OK-04) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) to combat sudden, unexpected infant and child deaths. The legislation was introduced in honor of Scarlett Pauley, who was lost to SUDC in January 2017 when she was just 16 months old.

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is a category of death in children over the age of one year which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation and autopsy. Most often, SUDC occurs in otherwise healthy children during sleep. Approximately 400 children are lost to SUDC in the United States every year.

"This legislation is named 'Scarlett's Sunshine' after a little girl who was lost to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood," said Senator Casey. "I wanted to honor Scarlett's memory and make sure that the federal government is taking all possible steps to ensure that no family will have to suffer the death of a child, without knowing why. It's appalling that approximately 400 children ages 1-18 and over 3,600 infants each year are dying from these unexplained causes. I urge my colleagues to join us in this bipartisan, bicameral effort."

"I'm honored to join my colleagues in reintroducing this important bill in memory of Scarlett Lillian Pauley and to help prevent the unexpected deaths of any more beautiful children in our community. No one deserves the heartache of losing a child. Not knowing the cause only compounds this awful pain. This issue hits close to home for me as my own state, Wisconsin, struggles with high infant mortality rates among African Americans. And to be clear, SUID/SIDS/SUDC is not a parenting issue. Parents, regardless of background or economic status should not have to live with this uncertainly and fear of losing their precious children and babies, and we're teaming up to do something about it," Congresswoman Moore said.

"While it is the fifth leading category of death among children ages 1 to 4, SUDC has not been directly addressed in our federal policy in regard to surveillance, research or prevention strategies," said Laura Gould Crandall, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the SUDC Foundation. "We can and we must do better. We applaud Senator Casey's and Congresswoman Moore's leadership on behalf of SUDC families worldwide and look forward to working with them to achieve our mission of a future free of SUDC."

"On January 8th, 2017, our lives were shattered when our beautiful, healthy, thriving daughter, Scarlett Lillian Pauley, went to sleep and never woke up. And we do not know why," said Stephanie Zarecky and Ryan Pauley. "Losing a child is the single greatest pain we could ever imagine and living without answers magnifies the tragedy exponentially. We try every day to spread Scarlett's Sunshine, allowing her memory to shine on and bring light to SUDC, the medical mystery that took her from us. We thank Senator Casey and Congresswoman Moore for their leadership on Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act in honor of Scarlett and all of the other children who are deeply loved and missed."

If passed into law, Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act would supply grants to help states, municipalities and nonprofits improve data collection and death scene investigations related to unexpected infant and child deaths, promote safe sleep practices and ensure death reviews are completed for 100 percent of infant and child fatalities. Currently, there are no nationwide standards for investigating and collecting data following an infant or child death. This makes it often impossible to determine the causes of these deaths, and what strategies our country can implement to prevent these tragedies.

This bill has been cosponsored by Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Susan K. DelBene (D-WA), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Peter King (R-NY), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Ro Khanna (D-CA), and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) in the House of Representatives. It has also been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Children's Hospital Association, Cribs for Kids, First Candle, KID: Fighting for Product Safety and the Aaron Matthew SIDS Research Guild of Seattle Children's Hospital.

To learn more and support Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, please visit: https://sudc.org/advocacy/scarletts-sunshine-act

About the SUDC Foundation:

The SUDC Foundation is the only organization worldwide whose purpose is to promote awareness, advocate for research and support those affected by SUDC. The SUDC Foundation provides all services at no cost to families. Learn more: https://sudc.org.

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SB 276: California doesn’t trust its own Medical Doctors

CORTE MADERA, Calif. -- Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractic activist, former Libertarian State Senate candidate, issues a dire warning against SB 276, which will eliminate the medical exemption for vaccination. "This is political-medical terrorism of parents and children."

"California, already, has the dubious distinction of being the second state to eliminate the religious exemption for vaccination (after Mississippi), with the infamous SB 277, of 2015," according to Dr. Harte. "Now, California seeks to throttle the judgement of individual medical doctors for individual patients. You thought that they would stop at dismissing the judgement of parents for their own children?"

Dr. Harte goes on... "The bill is proposed by State Sen. Dr. Richard Pan, vaccine extremist. Sen. Pan has already, successfully, interfered with parental rights and informed consent by his previously passed bills, AB2109 and SB 277. These bills have essentially destroyed any rights of parents to choose not to vaccinate, or fully vaccinate, their children. But he wants more. Some may think that this is a furtherance of public health. I am sure that Dr. Pan knows that SB 276 is an extension of state power, essentially Big Brother in a White Coat."

"A Kaiser publication reported that, according to Director Karen Smith, the California Department of Public Health is conducting a 'review of schools' where the number of vaccine exemptions appears 'biologically unlikely,'" Dr. Harte notes. "How Orwellian!" That publication reports that "questionable exemptions will be reported to the Medical Board."

Dr. Harte says: "The very willing, pharmaceutical advertising-laden news media are happy to report instances of alleged abuse of the medical exemption, creating their own fake news. Medical doctors who are willing to write these exemptions are portrayed as foolish, at best, and criminal, at worst."

He goes on: "There have already been certain doctors who have been attacked and persecuted by the press and the medical board. An example is a headline of the 'Medical Press': 'In California, some doctors sell 'medical exemptions' for kids' vaccinations,' as if the vaccine-shooting docs work for free." He continues, "I have seen this very type of "money-hungry' libel many times, against chiropractors. Considering that Medicine sucks up one-fifth of the American economy, and the very tiny minority of pediatricians who stand up to do the right thing, to make this argument, well, it's a lot of nerve and not so much brain."

According to CBS Channel 13 in Sacramento, Dr. Pan have the nerve to say "There's a very small number of physicians who have betrayed their professional oath. I think they're monetizing their license." Dr. Harte says that it is just the opposite: "It is the pediatricians who push vaccines who are betraying their professional oath, whether those vaccines are 'accepted' by the Establishment, or not. There is no question that each vaccine contains a variety of neuro- and immunotoxins, and that vaccination, as a process, subverts normal immune processes." Dr. Harte declares, "I question the ethics and the competency of the pediatricians who, regularly, perform serial vaccination, causing untold harm. Have they forgotten that part of the Hippocratic Oath, 'First, do no harm?'"

Dr. Harte explains, "A non-fake news/real science headline would be 'In California, pediatricians make huge profits selling vaccines and the office visits required, plus even bigger profits off of all the serious illnesses that result from vaccinations. Now they seek to attack their colleagues who choose to do the right thing.'"

"Yes, there should be medical exemptions for vaccination," Dr. Harte declares. "If pediatricians are going to go with science, and truly be for the children whom they are supposed to serve, 100% of children should be exempted. Vaccines are a clear and present danger to the health of children. The State of California and any other jurisdiction or agency who mandates compulsory vaccination is a clear and present danger to liberty."

About Dr. Don Harte:
Dr. Don Harte, former medical student, is a principled, traditional chiropractor serving Marin and the Greater Bay Area since 1981. He is an activist in the struggle for free speech for chiropractors. Dr. Harte was named 2006 "Chiropractor of the Year" by the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA). He has served on the Boards of the WCA and the Council on Chiropractic Practice. His articles have been published in OMNI magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Marin Independent Journal, North Bay Biz, Chiropractic Journal and Journal of the California Chiropractic Association. Learn more at: https://www.chirodrharte.com/.

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Keep Our Seniors Safe Act Passes Senate Committee – Portantino’s SB 172

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) announces its collaboration and partnership with California State Senator Anthony Portantino (D, SD 25) in the drafting of Senate Bill 172 Firearms, enhancing safe storage protections for the two most vulnerable populations in our society: the elderly and children.

Testimony on the bill was received by the Senate Committee on Public Safety during a hearing on 2 April. The bill moved out of committee with a 6-0 vote (Morrell abstaining); it now moves to Senate Appropriations before being sent to the Assembly.

CARR partnered with Senator Portantino's office to draft the bill's provisions requiring secure firearm storage in assisted living facilities - the Keep Our Seniors Safe Act. An estimated 70 percent of assisted living residents are diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease or related dementias, yet California law neither defines nor mandates safe storage of firearms, ammunition or other dangerous weapons in assisted living facilities. The state's regulatory agency, Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing Division, also does not track the number of facilities allowing firearms. If enacted, this legislation would close these statutory gaps.

SB 172 also expands California's existing Child Access Prevention (CAP) laws creates new crimes for failures to properly secure firearms. CAP laws have been shown to be effective at reducing suicides and unintentional firearm deaths and injuries of children, citing a study of twelve states' where unintentional firearms deaths fell by 23 percent.

About CARR:
Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) is a San Diego-based 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization promoting transparency and accountability for consumers using assisted living services, and specializing in public document research on assisted living facilities, and the state's oversight of the industry. Learn more: https://rcfereform.org/

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SUDC Foundation Applauds Introduction of Federal Bill to Address Unexpected Child, Infant Deaths

CEDAR GROVE, N.J. -- The SUDC Foundation is pleased to support Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (WI-04), Tom Cole (OK-04) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) to combat Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID). The legislation was introduced in honor of Scarlett Pauley, who was lost to SUDC in January 2017 when she was just 16 months old.

Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) is a category of death in children over the age of one year which remains unexplained after a thorough investigation and autopsy. Most often, SUDC occurs in otherwise healthy children during sleep. At least 400 children are lost to SUDC in the United States every year.

"This legislation is named 'Scarlett's Sunshine' after a little girl who was lost to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood," said Senator Casey. "I wanted to honor Scarlett's memory and make sure that the federal government is taking all possible steps to ensure that no family will have to suffer the death of a child, without knowing why. It's appalling that over 400 children ages 1-4 and over 3,600 infants each year are dying from these unexplained causes. I urge my colleagues to join us in this bipartisan, bicameral effort."

"Wisconsin has the highest rate of Black infant mortality in the nation. Our babies die at rates comparable to war-torn countries like Syria," said Representative Moore. "This doesn't have anything to do with good or bad parenting. But because there are no nationwide standards for investigations and data collection, parents are often left wondering what went wrong and what they could have done to prevent their baby from dying. No mother, no matter her background, should have to with live with this uncertainty, thinking it was their fault. That's why this bipartisan and bicameral bill to fund critical data collection is a game changer. We need to know the root of the problem to solve it."

"While it is the fifth leading category of death among children ages 1 to 4, SUDC has not been directly addressed in our federal policy in regards to surveillance, research or prevention strategies," said Laura Gould Crandall, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the SUDC Foundation. "We can and we must do better. We applaud Senator Casey's and Congresswoman Moore's leadership on behalf of SUDC families worldwide and look forward to working with them to achieve our mission of a future free of SUDC."

"On January 8th, 2017, our lives were shattered when our beautiful, healthy, thriving daughter, Scarlett Lillian Pauley, went to sleep and never woke up. And we do not know why," said Stephanie Zarecky and Ryan Pauley. "Losing a child is the single greatest pain we could ever imagine and living without answers magnifies the tragedy exponentially. We try every day to spread Scarlett's Sunshine, allowing her memory to shine on and bring light to SUDC, the medical mystery that took her from us. We thank Senator Casey and Congresswoman Moore for their leadership on Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act in honor of Scarlett and all of the other children who are deeply loved and missed."

If passed into law, Scarlett's Sunshine Act it will authorize over $49 million in new federal funding to strengthen efforts to better track, understand and prevent SUDC and SUID. Specifically, it would supply grants to help states and municipalities to improve data collection and death scene investigations related to unexpected infant and child deaths and ensure death reviews are completed for 100 percent of infant and child fatalities. Currently, there are no nationwide standards for investigating and collecting data following an infant or child death. This makes it nearly impossible to determine the causes of these deaths and what strategies our country can implement to prevent these tragedies.

This bill has also been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Association, Cribs for Kids, First Candle, March of Dimes, Kids in Danger, Within Our Reach and the Aaron Matthew SIDS Guild of Seattle Children's Hospital.

To learn more and support Scarlett's Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, please visit: https://sudc.org/advocacy/scarletts-sunshine-act

About the SUDC Foundation:
The SUDC Foundation is the only organization worldwide whose purpose is to promote awareness, advocate for research and support those affected by SUDC. The SUDC Foundation provides all services at no cost to families. Learn more: https://sudc.org.

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