California’s Proposed Legislation in Response to 2017’s Wildfires

By Elinor Aspegren (PZ ’20) 2017 in California was characterized, among other things, by the wildfires that ravaged the state. Over  9,000 wildfires raged across California, burning down 10,000 structures and killing at least 46 civilians and firefighters. The current California wildfire policies did not aid the populus as much as they should have. Therefore, major…

California Debates Healthcare

By Blake Plante (PO ’19) On Sunday October 22, the four Democratic candidates for the California gubernatorial race met in front of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) for a substantive debate that explored single-payer/universal health care plans, the opioid crisis, mental health policy, right to work laws, sanctuary cities, how to gain bipartisan…

California State Right-to-Try: Unconstitutional Legislation that Endangers Public Health

By Helen Guo (PO ’20) In recent years, “right-to-try” laws, which aim to grant terminally-ill patients access to experimental drugs or devices, have become a contentious policy issue and have gained speed throughout the U.S. In the latter months of 2014 alone, five states—olorado, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Arizona—passed right-to-try legislation.[1] As of September 2016,…