Originally Posted by bnbmom
So when will it go into effect ? And does amended mean that they are thinking about it or that it will pass for sure?
The fact that it was amended means that other people had some concerns and they worked with the author to change some of the wording, that's generally a good sign since it means the bill will now be amenable to more assembly members.
The bill will be discussed at the assembly health committee meeting next Tuesday. From there it may be sent to the assembly appropriations committee to discuss the fiscal impact of the bill, then it may or may not be put to a floor vote in the assembly. If it passes the assembly it is sent to the state senate, where the process is repeated. If it passes both the assembly and the senate it is sent to the governor to be signed into a law.
Since this is not exactly a high priority bill the process may take a few months, or it may not be voted on at all this year. The more people contact their CA assembly members directly the more likely the bill gets passed quickly (signing online petitions doesn't really help).