Senator Roth Reappointed Chair of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development

January 11, 2023

(SACRAMENTO) – Today, Senator Richard D. Roth (D-Riverside) is pleased to announce that President Pro Tem Toni Atkins has reappointed him as Chair of the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development, a position he has held since 2020.

Senator Roth said, “It is a great honor to have the opportunity to continue to serve as Chair of this committee that plays an important role in the protection of consumers, the economic health of the state, and the well-being of all Californians.”

The Committee hears and evaluates legislation related to licensed professionals regulated by boards within the state's Department of Consumer Affairs, as well as general business practices and all aspects of state and local economic development, including small business development and operations, development and expansion of non-energy technologies and overseas markets, economic disaster relief, and industrial innovation and research.

Throughout 2023, the Committee will be tasked with advancing legislation aimed at ensuring proper recourse for catalytic converter thefts; supporting communities and Californians impacted by natural and weather-related disasters who rely on licensed contractors to assist in their recovery; promoting access to quality healthcare professionals, particularly as the state continues to reel from the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic; addressing significant shortages in mental and behavioral health providers available throughout the state and balancing the opportunities and need for effective oversight of the burgeoning cannabis industry. The Committee will also explore the continued operations of various regulatory programs like the Medical Board of California through its sunset review oversight work aimed at guaranteeing the necessity and effectiveness of state regulatory programs.

Senator Roth has also been appointed to the Senate Committees on Budget; Budget Subcommittee No. 3 on Health and Human Services; Governmental Organization; Health; and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.

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