August 24, 2012 — The California Senate on Wednesday approved a bill (AB 2348) that would allow registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives to dispense birth control pills, patches and rings, the AP/U-T San Diego reports.
Sen. Kevin De Leon (D) noted that the state is facing a physician shortage and said the measure will help reduce delays in getting care.
The bill now also returns to the state Assembly for a final vote (AP/U-T San Diego, 8/22).
Bill Would Aid Pregnant Teens
The state Senate on Wednesday also passed a bill (AB 1640) that would allow pregnant teens with no other dependents to enroll in CalWORKS, the state's welfare-to-work program, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports.
The state currently delays aid until the third trimester of pregnancy for teens. Sen. Carol Liu (D) said pregnant teens often are homeless and lack access to proper health care or nutrition.
Finance officials in Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) office expressed concern about the cost of the bill.
This measure now heads to the Assembly for final vote (AP/Sacramento Bee, 8/22).
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