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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                             Senator Ricardo Lara, Chair
                            2015 - 2016  Regular  Session

          SB 115 (Fuller) - Valley fever
          
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          |Version: April 20, 2015         |Policy Vote: HEALTH 9 - 0       |
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          |Urgency: No                     |Mandate: No                     |
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          |Hearing Date: May 11, 2015      |Consultant: Brendan McCarthy    |
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          This bill meets the criteria for referral to the Suspense File.



          


          Bill  
          Summary:  SB 115 would appropriate $1 million from the General  
          Fund to the Department of Public Health to support research into  
          a vaccine for Valley Fever.


          Fiscal  
          Impact:  $1 million appropriation from the General Fund.


          Background:  Valley Fever is an infection that is caused when a person  
          inhales certain fungal spores. In California, Valley Fever is  
          most common in central valley counties. While most individuals  
          who are exposed to the fungal spores that cause Valley Fever  
          experience no symptoms or mild symptoms, in some cases serious  
          medical complications occur.
          Current law authorizes the Department of Public Health to  







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          support research into potential vaccines for Valley Fever with  
          any funds appropriated for that specific purpose. Current law  
          also requires that if state-supported research is successful in  
          developing an effective vaccine, the state shall be reimbursed  
          for its contribution to the research in proportion to the  
          state's contribution to the total cost of that research.


          Beginning in 1997, an effort to compile funding for Valley Fever  
          research generated $700,000 from the General Fund and $1.5  
          million from the California HealthCare Foundation. Over the next  
          decade a combination of federal, state, and private funds raised  
          over $16 million. To date, no effective vaccine has been  
          developed.




          Proposed Law:  
            SB 115 would appropriate $1 million from the General Fund to  
          the Department of Public Health to support research into a  
          vaccine for Valley Fever. The bill would authorize $100,000 of  
          that amount for administrative costs by the Department of Public  
          Health.


          Related  
          Legislation:  AB 1955 (Ashburn, 2002), SB 1027 (Ashburn, 2003),  
          and SB 492 (Ashburn, 2005) were all substantially similar to  
          this bill. AB 1955 was held on this committee's Suspense File.  
          SB 1027 and SB 492 were held in the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee.


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