No. 55: Capitol Weekly’s Top 100

Janus Norman. Illustration by Chris Shary

55. Janus Norman

Dustin Corcoran (No. 14) runs the California Medical Association in Sacramento, but the CMA’s senior vice president Janus (“jay-nuss”) Norman handles CMA’s extensive lobbying and political chores. It’s been a busy year, medically speaking, in this era of the pandemic. There were, and are, Interminable debates over vaccinations – the CMA strongly supports them. A campaign is brewing over a likely 2022 ballot initiative boosting payouts under the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act, or MICRA, which CMA opposes. There may be yet another battle over whether staffs should be expanded at dialysis clinics, which CMA also opposes. It’s a seemingly obscure issue, but it has made the ballot before amid a big-dollar fight. Norman was a legislative advocate for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), worked for the Judicial Council of California, and staffed the State Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committees. His career began when he joined the office of then-Assemblymember Darrell Steinberg as a Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellow.

Updated Aug. 25, 2021

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