Thurmond Issues Statement Regarding his Decision to Pull His Bill from the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee Hearing

Monday, July 10, 2017

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D – Richmond) Issues the following statement regarding his decision to pull his bill rom the Senate Business, Professional, and Economic Development Committee hearing this afternoon:

Today one of my most important bills failed in the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development.

The bill, AB 224, would increase safety for young children when they are sedated during oral surgery. Specifically, the bill states that an anesthesia monitor must accompany an oral surgeon during the surgery to intervene if the child experiences complications while sedated. Currently, the law allows an oral surgeon to perform surgical and monitoring duties at the same time.

Business interests and political forces railed against my bill so the bill stalled today and is now a two-year bill.

I want to thank the pediatricians, anesthesiologists, and patients' rights groups who stood with us. Together we have been able to raise awareness nationwide and help parents know that they have the right to insist on having an anesthesia monitor present during surgery. Check out the NBC News video clip below that highlights some of the efforts in our awareness campaign.

Special thanks to the Sears Family who lost their 6 year old son Caleb while he was sedated during surgery. Annie Kaplan and others in the Sears Family have helped craft my bill and are educating families all across the country about how to protect kids in pediatric dentistry.

For information regarding this press release please contact Ayodeji Taylor at 916-319-2015

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents the 15th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Hercules, Kensington, Piedmont, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Tara Hills, and a portion of Oakland.

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