California: Acting Governor Eleni Kounalakis Signs Legislation to Support State’s COVID-19 Preparedness
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SACRAMENTO ~ Today, Acting Governor Eleni Kounalakis signed Assemblymember Marc Berman's AB 269, an urgency measure to help maintain the state's COVID-19 operational preparedness. The bill authorizes qualified laboratory personnel to continue solely processing COVID-19 tests and permits COVID-19 testing sites contracted with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to continue dispensing COVID-19 therapeutics until January 2024.

"This measure preserves important tools in the state's response to the pandemic and will continue to protect public health as California moves forward, focusing on preparedness and support for our communities," said Kounalakis.

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The Newsom Administration called for these statutory changes, which were expedited by the Legislature this session. The state's SMARTER Plan continues to guide California's work to support local communities, and COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and treatment are available throughout the state.

The end of the state's COVID-19 emergency was announced in October and is set for February 28th 2023. For more information on AB 269 visit

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