AB 2319 – California

Status: In Process
Year Introduced: 2024
Link: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202320240AB2319

California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act. This bill would make a legislative finding that the Legislature recognizes all birthing people, including nonbinary persons and persons of transgender experience. The bill would extend the evidence-based implicit bias training requirements to also include hospitals that provide perinatal or prenatal care, as defined. The bill would require an implicit bias program to include recognition of intersecting identities and the potential associated biases. The bill would require initial basic training for the implicit bias program to be completed by June 1, 2025, for current health care providers, and within 6 months of their start date for new health care providers, unless exempted. The bill would require, by February 1 of each year, that a facility provide the department with proof of compliance, with specified requirements. The bill would authorize the department to issue an administrative penalty if it determines that a facility has violated these provisions, and would require the department to annually post on its internet website a list of facilities that did not submit timely proof of compliance and have been issued administrative penalties. The bill would specify that, for these purposes, each health care provider that does not complete the required training constitutes a separate violation. The bill would vest the State Department of Public Health with full administrative power, authority, and jurisdiction to implement and enforce the California Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act. The bill would require the department to solicit participation and adopt regulations to further the purposes of the act, as specified.

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