Sunday, September 11, 2011

SF Chronicle: Legislature ends session with marathon meeting

Legislature ends session with marathon meeting

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Sacramento --

The Legislature ended the yearly session early Saturday morning, after an all-day and night meeting, sending to Gov. Jerry Brown bills to require that health plans cover a certain type of therapy for children with autism and to move ballot measures to general elections.

Both bills are controversial and Brown has not indicated whether he intends to sign or veto them.

The bill relating to autism, SB946, requires health plans to cover applied behavioral analysis therapy for children with autism, beginning July 2012 and continuing for two years until the health benefit exchanges in federal health care take effect.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Medi-Cal patients will not be covered under the bill.

The bill relating to ballot measures, SB202, will require that initiatives and referendums only appear on general or special election ballots and not in lower turnout primary elections, which has been the practice since the early 1970s.

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