Our Health,
on the Ballot

So many decisions about our health are made through the democratic process, from the way our food is produced, to the way our health care is paid for. In California, we have the power — through the people we elect for office and ballot initiatives — to make our state and our families as healthy as possible.

Test your knowledge about some of California's most important health-related laws with this quick 6-question quiz!

Which California Governor signed SB 1420, a landmark piece of legislation that requires fast food chains to display nutritional information for all regular items, into law?

In 2008, Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 1420 into law, making California the first state to require calorie counts on chain restaurant menus and menu boards.

Medi-Cal provides health care coverage for more working families, pregnant women, children, and seniors than any other state. How many Californians rely on Medi-Cal?

When Medi-Cal was created over 50 years ago, it was an incredible win for Californians in need. By the end of the year, just over 1 million Californians were enrolled. Today, it’s 1 in 3 Californians.

In 2008, Californians voted to become the first state to eliminate the harmful practice of confining these animals to extremely small enclosures:

2008’s ballot initiative, known as Proposition 8, sought to eliminate the practice of confining chickens in battery cages. According to the Center for Food Safety, the law "markedly improves the quality and safety of California’s eggs."

California was the first state to ban smoking of tobacco products in all enclosed workplaces, including restaurants and bars. When did the ban pass through the State Assembly?

In a real win for health, the California State Assembly passed AB-13 in 1994 to protect workers and patrons from the dangerous effects of secondhand smoke, triggering a trend throughout the nation.

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The Healthy Schools Act prohibits or requires posted notification of the use of certain types of ________ in schools and daycare centers:

The Healthy Schools Act requires public schools and daycare facilities to post notifications about their use of pesticides, and outright prohibits their use of the riskiest types of pesticides for children and teens.

In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order that aims to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions by more than any other state. When is the deadline?

By 2030, this plan aims to reduce GHG emission to 40% below 1990 levels. This target is well above the national target to cut emissions to 28 percent below 2005 levels in the same time frame.

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