The new Speaker of the Assembly Robert Rivas didn’t waste any time announcing his leadership team and also making some moves. Of note for the house of medicine: Assemblyman Dr. Joaquin Arambula has been removed as the Chairman of Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1, which oversees nearly all health, mental health, and substance abuse-related state budget items. Dr. Arambula was replaced by Assemblywoman Dr. Akilah Weber of San Diego (Reminder: she is running for Senator Toni Atkins seat in 2024).
Some of you may recall that Assemblyman Arambula tried to derail Assemblyman Rivas’s ascension to Speaker. You can read more here: Rivas rewards allies, benches others on Assembly committees.