Updates regarding SB 304 and the Medical Board of California
SB 304 – the Medical Board Sunset Review bill – as currently amended, will take investigation and enforcement away from the medical board and give it to Department of Justice instead. SB 304 has passed through the Aenate and is now in the Assembly.
The California Medical Board has called a special meeting on Tuesday, June 4th to discuss the continued employment of its Executive Director Linda Whitney and the selection of an Acting Executive Director. Linda Whitney has been an ally to Licensed Midwives and we do not know what will happen with a new Executive Director. CAM officers will be present at the meeting tomorrow and will post updates after the special meeting.
Specifically related to licensed midwives, SB 304 authorizes CNMs to supervise students studying to become licensed midwives during their supervised clinical training, and states that bona fide midwifery students must be enrolled in a board approved clinical training program.
Updates regarding AB 1308
AB 1308, as currently amended, authorizes licensed midwives to obtain supplies and testing, but does not yet meet the needs stated by CAM and consumer advocates to protect families' access to midwifery care, and to protect the practice of midwifery. CAM continues to advocate for specific amendments to AB 1308. AB 1308 has passed out of the Assembly and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development. A hearing date has not yet been set.