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Budget Passes with Unresolved Issues; Dignity and Dementia
Lawmakers pass a budget but funding questions remain; SB 380 moves forward but without some important votes; millions of Catholics needed to protect the Hyde Amendment; Kathleen Domingo takes over as Executive Director of the CCC and a new book on the Church's response to treating dementia with dignity in this week's Insights.
State Budget Passes with Unresolved Funding Questions
Though lawmakers and the Governor were able to agree on a record-breaking $262.6 billion state budget before the July 1 fiscal year began, negotiations continue on the exact level of funding for several items.  Those specifics are detailed in what are called “budget trailer bills.”
SB 380 Moves; CCC Supports Death Penalty Repeal
Physician-assisted suicide bill moves through committee; CCC testifies at death penalty hearing; the Supreme Court upholds religious freedom, and Santa Clara University releases informational video on the COVID-19 vaccines in this week's Insights.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information Available from Santa Clara University
It turns out that the distance between Covid vaccines in a vial and a person's arm can be longer than we thought. This collaboration between the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County is an effort to close that distance through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Supreme Court Upholds Religious Freedom
During this week's celebration of Religious Freedom Week, the USCCB released a statement applauding the Supreme Court's decision this week in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia in favor of Catholic Social Services and its decision to refrain from offering adoption services to same-sex couples.