SB 1138, a bill in California likely to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, will require California hospitals and prisons to offer at least one healthy vegan option to patients at every meal. This historic piece of legislation is a win for animal rights enthusiasts, plant-based proponents, and environmentalists alike.
Titled “Ensuring a Plant Based Meal Option,” the bill passed in the California State Assembly on August 29, 2018 with a vote of 69-9; the next step is to be signed into law by Governor Brown.
So far there has been strong support for SB 1138 from legislators. The bill, if passed, would require not only licensed health care facilities to provide plant-based meal options to patients, it would also require that state prisons to do the same.
Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), who serves as the Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary, authored SB 1138. “By guaranteeing access to plant-based food, SB 1138 respects the health, ethical and diet choices of those in hospitals or other institutions who don’t have the option to prepare their own meals,” said Senator Skinner in a press release published on August 30, 2018.
SB 1138 once again demonstrates how California and its elected officials are helping to lead the way on ensuring that our practices and policies affect positive change for our health and environment.
This news follows another recent California victory this: the unanimous passage of SB 1249, the Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act. This law makes it illegal for cosmetic manufacturers to sell any cosmetic in California if the final product or any component of the product was knowingly tested on animals after January 1, 2020.
Anna Keeve is a contributing writer for PRNews and the founder of PlantBasedPopUp