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New Measure Eligible for California’s November 2022 Ballot

Requires On-site Licensed Medical Professional at Kidney Dialysis Clinics and Establishes Other State Requirements. Initiative Statute.

SACRAMENTO, CA – Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. announced that an initiative became eligible for the November 8, 2022, General Election ballot today.

In order to become eligible for the ballot, the initiative needed 623,212 valid petition signatures, which is equal to five percent of the total votes cast for governor in the November 2018 General Election.

A measure can become eligible via random sampling of petition signatures if the sampling projects that the number of valid signatures is greater than 110 percent of the required number. The initiative needed at least 685,534 projected valid signatures to become eligible by random sampling, and it has exceeded that threshold today.

On June 30, 2020, the Secretary of State will certify the initiative as qualified for the November 8, 2022, General Election ballot, unless it is withdrawn by the proponents prior to certification pursuant to Elections Code section 9604(b).

The Attorney General’s official title and summary of the measure is as follows:

REQUIRES ON-SITE LICENSED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL AT KIDNEY DIALYSIS CLINICS AND ESTABLISHES OTHER STATE REQUIREMENTS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Requires physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant, with six months’ relevant experience, on site during treatment at outpatient kidney dialysis clinics; authorizes exemption for staffing shortage if qualified medical professional is available through telehealth. Requires clinics to disclose to patients all physicians with clinic ownership interests of five percent or more. Requires clinics to report dialysis-related infection data to state. Prohibits clinics from closing or substantially reducing services without state approval. Prohibits clinics from refusing to treat patients based on source of payment. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Increased state and local government costs likely in the low tens of millions of dollars annually. (21-0013.)

The proponents of the measure are Sean Fleming and Jonathan Everhart. They can be reached c/o George M. Yin of Kaufman Legal Group at (213) 452-6565. The address for Kaufman Legal Group is 777 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 4050, Los Angeles, CA 90017.

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