On Monday, April 1st, AB 394 (Yamada and Grove), which would extend the voluntary tax checkoff that funds Alzheimer’s disease research, was heard in the Assembly Revenue & Taxation Committee. The bill has already garnered bi-partisan support – 20 co-sponsors have already signed on, including 11 Republicans and 9 Democrats. In the previous week, nearly 300 advocates emailed committee members, asking them to support this important piece of legislation.
During a brief discussion, Assembly Members Grove and Harkey both expressed their personal belief in the importance of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. When the time came for a vote, the bill passed by a unanimous 9-0 vote. This means that the bill will move forward in the legislative process, and will next be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.