Jeff Smith 9:05 a.m., Jan. 24
"Are You Kidding Me" Moments with Assemblymember Brian Jones
"I have been in the Assembly all of eight months and it seems I have said "Are you kidding me" on more occasions than I can count," writes assemblyman Brian Jones in his August newsletter.
Among his "are you kidding me' moments occurred upon hearing about a bill introduced by assemblywoman Toni Atkins. The bill, according to the summary, "permits a minor who is 12 years of age or older to consent to medical care related to the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease."
According to the comments on the bill, Atkins' reason for the bill was to add to an existing law which did not include prevention measures, such as some HIV medications that can only be administered 72 hours after exposure.
Jones doesn't agree. In his newsletter, the East-County assemblymember describes the bill as allowing "12 year-old girls to receive medical care for sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent."
"I can personally attest that the California Legislature is so out of touch with what's going on in [the] real California that it boggles the mind.
Below: Toni Atkins
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