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Senate approves Ramos bill to create first statewide Office of Suicide Prevention amidst COVID-19 crisis

SACRAMENTO – A bill to establish the first statewide Office of Suicide Prevention was passed unanimously today by the state Senate on a 36 to 0 vote.

Assemblymember James C. Ramos (D-Highland) said his measure, AB 2112, would help California meet the state’s suicide crisis now exacerbated by the novel coronavirus pandemic, which adds greater urgency to the need for the bill. “I appreciate the strong bipartisan support this measure received. It was a moving testament to the need to reduce suicide rates in California,” Ramos said.

Ramos bill to allow more California tribes to recover ancestor remains and artifacts heads to governor

UPDATE: As of approximately 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, August 30, the Assembly concurred in the Senate amendments. The measure will now be sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his review. He has until September 30, 2020 to approve or veto AB 275.

SACRAMENTO--California’s Senate today approved a bill on a 39 to 0 vote to strengthen and clarify the process for repatriating California Native American remains and artifacts held by various institutions such as the University of California system.