Two Dodd bills deal with water monitoring and mobile pharmacy vans

FAIRFIELD — State Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, pushed two bills through major committees this week.

Legislation advanced Tuesday to improve how the state measures and manages water, protecting supplies and ensuring efficient use in communities and agriculture.

Legislation was advanced on Monday that would authorize the creation of mobile pharmacy vans to bring medicine and counseling to hard-to-reach communities across the state, improving the health of the homeless and many others who don’t have a adequate access to care.

Senate Bill 832 would authorize the State Water Resources Control Board to study whether remote sensing can determine how much water is diverted from rivers and other sources. It aims to determine whether remote sensing technology, instead of or in combination with existing measurement methods, improves diversion data.

The bill passed the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee with unanimous, bipartisan support. The bill is expected to be supported by California’s water managers and environmental stewards.

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure, and this bill helps us more accurately track where the water is going, allowing us to chart a more sustainable future for water,” Dodd said in a statement. Press. “Because with climate change, Californians need to be vigilant about our water usage. Today, we are taking another step towards guaranteeing water for future generations.

Dodd’s other proposal, Senate Bill 872, allows public and other frontline agencies serving the homeless and vulnerable to operate mobile pharmacies. Each mobile unit would have a doctor on the team to prescribe drugs that can be delivered immediately. Oversight would come from the State Board of Pharmacy.

“We must be proactive if we are to tackle the underlying cause of many societal challenges, including homelessness,” he said in another statement. “Many people don’t have access to the medicines they need to lead healthy and productive lives, so we’re going to get them there. This bill creates critical access to potentially lifesaving medicines that will improve the lives of California’s most vulnerable.

The bill is supported by health care groups as well as Contra Costa, San Diego and Santa Clara counties. It was passed by the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee with bipartisan support.

Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or parts of Solano, Napa, Yolo, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.

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