Rudy Salas

Biggest legislative win of the year: Valley fever bills co-authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, right. Advocates are calling it the most robust legislative package to address valley fever in the state's history. It includes four bills that address annual reporting guidelines, lab testing, worker safety and physician training. 

Apparently undaunted by Gov. Jerry Brown's October veto of legislation that would've brought new disease reporting guidelines and funding to the little-known respiratory disease known as valley fever, Assemblyman Rudy Salas has introduced an even more robust legislative package aimed at tackling the disease as cases rise to record highs in California.

The four bills included in the package, introduced Monday — Assembly Bills 1787, 1788, 1789 and 1790 — address physician training, worker safety, annual reporting deadlines and laboratory testing procedures. Salas, D-Bakersfield, is also circulating a budget proposal to appropriate funding for valley fever research and awareness campaigns, according to a news release his office issued.

Harold Pierce covers education and health for The Californian. He can be reached at or 661-395-7404. Follow him on Twitter: @RoldyPierce.

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