CLSA announces a major expansion to its advocacy team, hiring three new government relations directors based in its Sacramento and Washington, D.C. offices, bringing its in-house advocacy staff count to 9 personnel. Oliver Rocroi has been hired as Senior Director, State Government Relations; Manny Heer has been hired as Director, Alliance Development & Advocacy; and Adam Lotspike has been hired as Associate Director, Federal Government Relations.
Last August, State Senator Ed Hernandez (D-Asuza) pulled his drug price reporting legislation — Senate Bill (SB) 1010 — after the bill was amended in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. On March 15, he introduced SB 17, which is a somewhat modified version of last year’s bill.
Asm. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), Chair of the Assembly Health Committee, is preparing Assembly Bill (AB) 265 (drug coupons) to be heard in his committee at some time in April.
CLSA’s California Life Sciences Industry report featured in Trade & Industry Development on the strength of California’s life sciences sector.
CLSA’s Brett Johnson, Sr. Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs, provides analysis and cites concerns regarding Assembly Bill 265, legislations introduced in the California state legislature that would ban drug companies from offering consumers coupons for drugs that have a lower cost alternative.
CLSA’s seasoned state government relations team is engaged on behalf of the life sciences sector in multiple ways through strategic collaborations and direct lobbying in Sacramento to advance innovation, investment and job creation for California’s treasured life sciences ecosystem. Learn more about our 2017 state policy goals.
California Assembly Health Committee Chair, Asm. Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg), has opened this year’s legislative session with drug costs in his crosshairs, introducing two bills and holding hearings related to the subject.
Legislators Honored for Commitment to Strengthening and Promoting California Life Sciences Sector
With the election of what should be the largest class of new legislators until 2024, the overwhelming majority of legislators are now serving under the new 12-year term limit, and the Legislature’s composition is generally set for the next seven years.
Against an evolving legislative and political backdrop, the health plans and labor unions continue their unrelenting campaign to convince policymakers that the price of medicinal therapies is the primary driver of cost increases in the healthcare system.