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California advances bill that would see doctors punished for spreading false COVID information – Axios

A California bill designed to combat disinformation and misinformation 0n COVID-19 by medical professionals passed in the state Senate on Monday evening.
Why it matters: The bill could see doctors and other medical professionals who spread COVID misinformation or disinformation face disciplinary action for "unprofessional conduct" from the Medical Board of California or the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, which could include having their state license suspended or revoked.
Driving the news: The bill, AB 2098, was introduced by Democratic state Assembly member Evan Low in February.
Details: The bill defines disinformation as a "misinformation that the licensee deliberately disseminated with malicious intent or an intent to mislead."
What they're saying: "Due to their specialized knowledge and training, licensed physicians possess a high degree of public trust and therefore must be held to account," Low said in a statement announcing the bill.
What we're watching: Newsom has three weeks to sign the bill, but he's yet to take a public position on it, per the NYT.
Meanwhile, a group called the Physicians for Informed Consent filed a lawsuit earlier this month seeking an injunction against the Medical Board of California, citing First Amendment rights.

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