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September 23, 2002:

SB577 signed into law by Governor Davis!

WE DID IT. With your help, the California legislature has now passed landmark health freedom legislation that guarantees health freedom not only for our state, but changes the health freedom climate nationwide.

Today is the day to pay a debt of gratitude to those who have worked hard for your freedom to use alternative health care and your right to practice alternative therapies. The CHFC still has over $65,000 in debts to pay. Please dig deep and send a contribution today to the CHFC to show your appreciation.

From our press release:

California has passed landmark health freedom legislation - Senate Bill 577. In fact, the bill passed the legislature without a single "no" vote.

Today, Senate Bill 577 was signed into law by Governor Davis. As he said when he signed the bill, SB 577 "will ease access to alternative and complementary health care options for all Californians." He also stated that "the bill provides adequate safeguards for California consumers and enables them to make an informed choice regarding their personal health care."

SB 577, authored by Senate Pro Tem John Burton (D-San Francisco), provides that a person is not in violation of certain provisions of the Medical Practice Act (that prohibit the practice of medicine to anyone who is not a licensed physician) as long as that person does not engage in certain specified medical acts. It also requires specified disclosures to each client about practitioner training and method of treatment. Client receipt of disclosure materials must be acknowledged in writing.

The California Health Freedom Coalition (CHFC), sponsor of the Bill, expects that SB 577 will change and improve the culture of health care in California by enhancing access to alternative forms of health care. Since the law also requires unlicensed alternative and complementary health care practitioners to provide basic information to consumers about themselves, their training, and their work, it also serves to enhance consumer safety.

SB577 will become effective January 1, 2003.

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August 15, 2002: SB577 passes the Assembly!

August 9, 2002: Looking at the brass ring! The Assembly will vote very soon.

July 26, 2002: SB577 on the final stretch -- the Assembly and the Governor in August 2002!

June 28, 2002: SB577 must be considered by the Assembly Health committee by June 28 (update).

June 4, 2002: SB577 must be considered by the Assembly Health committee by June 28.

March 12, 2002: SB577 to pass through Assembly Health Committee.

January 25, 2002: SB577 passes the state Senate by a vote of 33-0!
Next: the Assembly.

January 15, 2002: SB577 has passed its first committee!
Next: the Senate floor -- before the end of next week!

January 1, 2002: Our health freedom bill, SB577, will pass through its first committee vote on January 14! We need your faxes now!

November 1, 2001: CHFC and SB577 are well-received at October 23 Senate hearing on alternative medicine.

October 1, 2001: Preparing for October 23 Senate hearing on Alternative Medicine.

June 15, 2001: Summer planning and drumming up more members.



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