CA SB277 Dirty Tricks Continue at State Capitol…What YOU CAN DO!

By Keith & Lisa Johnson

CA SB277 Dirty Tricks Continue at State Capitol…What YOU CAN DO!

The dirty tricks continue at the state capitol.  A last minute committee member shuffle was made before  Wednesday’s vote. Senator Huff, who voted “no on SB277” was supplanted by Senator Sharon Runner who also voted no. Senator Bill Monning was added to the committee. He had already voted “yes on SB277” at the 6 – 2 Health Committee vote.

This follows the improper postponement of the vote, but that’s not all.

Now that the vote passed the initial stages in a 7-2 vote. The Sacramento Bee reports; “ The bill heads to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the next step in a potentially long odyssey winding through several committees and floor votes in both the Assembly and Senate. Every Democrat on the Judiciary Committee is either a co-sponsor of the bill or has voted for it.”

Unfortunately, to get SB 277 pushed out of the Senate Education Committee on a 7-2 vote, there was some obvious collusion on behalf of the bill writer, Pan and powerful lobbyists. Check out this brief video outlining the collusion from

Richard Pan on Facebook “Parents who won’t allow their children to be vaccinated are – let’s put it politely – misguided. That’s their problem – and their kids’. The Legislature should gather enough courage to make sure it’s not also everyone else’s problem.”

Couragesowers covered the delay of the April 15 Senate Education Committee hearing for SB277, which removes the personal belief and religious exemptions for parents that do not wish to vaccinate their children. Children that do not have the required inoculations will be denied access to public and private schools throughout the state of California.
As the committee chair, Carol Liu, offered Senator Pan an extra week due to the bill’s immenent demise, Pan was caught on camera receiving his orders from lobbyists Jodi Hicks and Janus Norman. The senator has former working ties to both.

According to an article from 2014 in the Sacramento Bee:
“As a UC Davis pediatrician, Pan was an active member of the group that lobbies for doctors in the Capitol, known as the California Medical Association. Jodi Hicks, was the association’s chief lobbyist. … and is a partner in a Sacramento lobbying firm called DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler. She routinely seeks Pan’s votes as she lobbies for clients that include associations representing family physicians, eye doctors and podiatrists. Those three groups have together given more than $20,000 to Pan’s campaign.”
Hicks daughter, Seneca, appeared in Pan’s campaign commercials, Hicks said about her daughter Seneca appearing in Pan’s campaign commercials, “I don’t think anyone other than a few of us here in Sacramento know it’s a lobbyist’s daughter.”

Jodi Hicks (916) 341-0808 now works for DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, LLC (DBHK) and was named Capitol Weekly’s “Top 100”, an annual ranking of the most powerful players in California politics. It is my opinion that Ms. Hicks is near the top of a dubious, stinking pile of corruption.

During a recent visit to CMA, Governor Brown told the crowd, “I won’t enumerate all the issues because they are too controversial,” he said, “but I am glad that you are part of the debate. We need your help.”

A rare moment of honesty from Moonbeam.

Janus Norman
Senior Vice President
(916) 551-2871
Janus is in charge of the Center for Government Relations at the CMA, which pushes legislation through the capitol. According to the CMA website:

“The Center for Government Relations is the physician’s voice at the State Capitol. Center staff works with legislators to educate them on how legislation could enhance or threaten patients’ health or a physicians’ ability to practice medicine. Each year the Center monitors over 500 bills, and takes an active, public position on over 200 bills. The Center’s activities include reading and tracking bills and amendments, shaping bill language, meeting with legislators, testifying in committee, conducting research, and preparing policy papers and position letters.”
Ironically, as the CMA is lobbying for some of the biggest, nefarious pharmaceutical corporations, their ‘public’ motto is:
“CMA fiercely defends California’s bar on the corporate practice of medicine, which prevents corporate interests from unduly influencing physicians’ professional judgments in the name of profit and to the detriment of patients. Hospitals and other corporate interests do not have the same ethical and moral obligation to the patient as a physician does; therefore, it is essential to maintain the firewall between medical decisions and the corporate bottom line.”
Their ‘firewall’ is forcing legislation that will make mandatory products that have been known to damage children and have created profits in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Do you feel safer with fierce defenders such as the CMA? Me neither. However, there is action we can take.

The Solution

At this point, it is clear that the hearing vote was rigged by De Leon, Pan, and Liu in collusion with special interest lobbyists Jodi Hicks and Janus Norman. Everyone in CA needs to file an FPPC complaint! The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) was created by the Political Reform Act of 1974 (Act), a ballot initiative passed by California voters in 1974

The complaint should be along the lines of;

California Senators  Richard Pan (District 6) and Ben Allen (District 26) consulted with special interest lobbyist Jodi Hicks of  DiMare, Brown, Hicks & Kessler, LLC and Janus Norman of California Medical Association throughout the April 15th Senate Education Hearing, passed out lobbyist materials from Jodi Hick to the committee members, and conferred with theses lobbyists to reach a decision about the SB 277 vote proceedings in violation of Chapter 6 of the Political Reform Act (Government Code Sections 86205 c-d). During the hearing, Jodi Hicks also testified at the hearing without disclosing that she is a paid lobbyist for the California Academy of Family Physicians.”

Link to FPPC complaint website– please read all directions to have your complaint heard and responded to.

Link to the form to be filled out and mailed to the address on the form or you can submit via email

Straight from the FPPC website; “Within 14 days of receiving your sworn complaint, we will tell you how we intend to proceed. Be advised that unless the Chief of Enforcement deems otherwise, within three business days of receiving your sworn complaint we will send a copy of it to the person(s) you allege violated the law.


We can even take it one step further…

Let’s go to the offices to demand that they hear our complaint!
We need to go en-masse because we cannot know the number of complaints they receive via mail or email.

We need to show that we do not want this bill.
Enforcement Division
Fair Political Practices Commission
428 J Street, Suite 620
Sacramento, CA 95814

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