Assembly Bill 2098

Policy PriorityReduce the Spread of COVID-19; Limit the spread of misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19.

Objective: Enact AB 2098.

Status: Passed the CA legislature. Gov. Newsom has until Sept. 30, 2022 to veto the bill or sign it into law.

Get Involved: California residents and national organizations can contact Gov. Newsom to voice their support for AB 2098. Refer to our position letter, below, for sample language.

Pandemic Patients Submits Testimony in Support of CA AB 2098

On June 20, 2022, Pandemic Patients submitted testimony to the California Senate Standing Committee on Business, Professions, and Economic Development in support of California Assembly Bill 2098 (AB 2098). If enacted, AB 2098 would include the dissemination of misinformation or disinformation about COVID-19 in the definition of unprofessional conduct. This would include inaccurate information about “the nature and risks of COVID-19, its prevention and treatment, and the development, safety, and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.” By including this type of behavior in the definition of unprofessional conduct, California will authorize the Medical Board of California and the Osteopathic Medical Board of California to discipline physicians and surgeons who spread disinformation or misinformation about COVID-19 to their patients.

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