State Senator Jenny Oropeza, a cancer survivor who has had several cancer-fighting bills signed into law, has been honored by three anti-cancer groups for her pro-consumer efforts to protect public health. Oropeza’s 28th Senate District includes some of The Argonaut distribution area.

The awards follow the passage of Senate Bill 7, Oropeza’s ban on smoking in cars with children, which took effect January 1st after a three-year fight in the State Legislature.

Oropeza received the awards as part of the American Cancer Society’s Legislative Day in the State Capitol.

The three awards included the first-ever American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Leadership Award, the Legislator of the Year Award from the Southern California Public Health Association, and the Torch Award from the Coalition to Protect All Californians from Tobacco.

The American Cancer Society’s Legislative Day Tuesday, April 22nd, brought together volunteers and staff from throughout the state to push the Legislature for life-saving programs. This year the focus was on opposing proposed budget cuts to cancer-prevention programs.

Protecting smokers and cleaning up the environment have long been priorities for Oropeza. Last year her measure went into effect banning smoking in common-use areas such as covered parking lots, adjacent stairwells, lobbies, lounges, waiting areas, elevators and restrooms.

The senator has also had measures requiring increased notification of the cancer-causing dangers of routine medical x-rays and increased regulation of diesel exhaust. This year Oropeza said she is pushing to restrict the building of schools near freeways or the construction of freeways near schools.

Information, www.senate.ca .gov/oropeza/.

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