Department of Public Health to provide the state resources, training and leadership that local health officials, medical labs and facilities desperately need as the first responders to any public health crisis.

It's also good to see the governor begin to invest in the human infrastructure through his proposals to rescind cuts in SSI/SSP grants proposed in January, allocate $75 million in Proposition 63 funding for housing for the chronically mentally ill, fund wage increases that counties have approved for IHSS workers, and move children off the waiting lists in the county children's health initiatives.

Deborah Ortiz was elected to the 6th State Senate District in November 1998. She is the Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and is also a member of the Banking, Finance, and Insurance and Appropriations committees.

Her district includes the cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights and parts Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove, as well as the communities of Antelope, Rio Linda, Elverta, North Highlands, East Sacramento, Arden-Arcade, Rosemont.

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