Jessica Levinson was quoted in the Daily News about state regulations taking effect on January 1, 2011.
Here are a few excerpts from the article:
"It seems like, except for the pot, we're in a more regulation mode," said Jessica Levinson, director of political reform for the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies. "There's a lot of laws dealing with safety, which is no surprise."
Nursing facilities that fail to post the Medicare ratings - from one to five stars - will face fines.
"The law on nursing homes is representative of the increasing aging population," Levinson said. "As more families face putting family members into assisted care, they want more information about facilities, and this law addresses that."
There are also laws that show how much times have changed, such as the repeal of an unenforced 60-year-old law requiring the Department of Mental Health to research the causes and cures for homosexuality. "I was really surprised that this was still on the books," Levinson said. "Even though California voters recently decided that homosexuals can't marry, I don't hear a lot in the popular discourse of it being a mental illness."