TAKE ACTION: AB 279 CA Senate Committee on Health Hearing Date Changed to June 23

Hearing Date for AB 279 is now set for Wednesday, June 23! We need ONE more vote to advance the bill!!!

Sponsored by Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and Miguel Santiago, AB 279 is the legislation to stop evictions from and downgrading of services at CA senior care facilities during the still ongoing pandemic.

More public pressure must be mounted on the Senate Committee on Health if we are to advance the Bill to the Senate Floor. We need a majority of the 11 votes in the committee.

We are not completely sure exactly what time the hearing will begin tomorrow, only that the Committee on Health will begin meeting “upon adjournment of Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee” (2 items on their agenda) and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will begin meeting “upon adjournment of Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee” (4 items on their agenda) which is time-set to begin at 9 a.m.: https://bit.ly/2TZgChe

Login and public testimony info for the Committee on Health: https://shea.senate.ca.gov/
SOS Network encourages public comment in support of AB 279!

We encourage all to signup to make a public comment in support of AB 279!

June 22: What Can You Do to Help Advance AB 279? Help Lobby Committee Members by sending an email NOW!

Everyone can and should email the targeted Committee members’ Legislative staffers listed below, urging the Senators to vote “AYE” for AB 279 on Wednesday. This is the time to identify family, friends, colleagues, and associates who live in these districts and ask them to also advocate for AB 279 as constituents of these Senators.

Sample email:

Subject line: “AB 279: Urging Senator ______________ to vote “AYE” on AB 279 in the Committee on Health, June 23

June 22, 2021

Dear _________ (legislative staffer’s name)________,

I am emailing you with an urgent request to have Senator _____________ vote “AYE” on AB 279 in tomorrow’s Senate Committee on Health Meeting (June 23, 2021). AB 279, is needed to protect vulnerable seniors in long-term care settings from involuntary, non-medically-necessary transfers for the remainder of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.

This is a statewide issue, and I send this email accordingly as a registered voter and California resident. California Department of Public Health (CDPH) records shows more than 200 citations relating to improper discharges from elder care facilities across California thus far during the pandemic. Addressing a statewide crisis, AB 279 prohibits intermediate care and skilled nursing facilities, except in the case of bankruptcy, from transferring, terminating, or significantly changing residential care services during the emergency period.

Yesterday, in the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship already demonstrated in the State Assembly, a compromise amendment was reached with the California Hospital Foundation: “If the state of emergency for COVID also lingers for two years or more, it is unclear what effect will this bill have on those facilities that otherwise would have closed. To address this concern, the author has agreed to amendments that sunset the provisions of this bill on July 1, 2022, although the requirement that facilities provide 90 days advance notice of any proposed sale or termination of the license for six months following the end of the state of emergency will continue until January 1, 2023.”

To make the practicality and urgent necessity of this bill more clear, consider this example: Currently, if a family has a loved one who is discharged, it is extremely difficult to conduct in-person research of alternative transfer facilities as most are still not open to the pubic for visitation due to pandemic visitation restrictions. Simply put, improper transfers at this time endanger lives and put unnecessary stresses on California families reliant upon senior care facilities to care for loved ones.

This bill has received bi-partisan support because it is the right thing to do, with no fiscal burden on the State.  We must do more to protect our vulnerable seniors, in all districts of California, who have already been suffering disproportionate numbers of deaths as a result of COVID-19, and with mutation variants in circulation and some sectors of the population at less than 40% vaccination rates.

Please deliver my request for and “AYE” vote from Senator ___________ to advance this bill to the Senate floor.

Thank you for your service.


(Your Name)


Senators in BOLD are Democrats that have not already indicated support for AB 279.
I would suggest you first call the Senators’ capitol offices and ask for the specific staffer listed below.If you get a hold of them, please use the phone script. If you are asked to email them, please use the email template.

Senate Health Committee Member “AYE” votes thus far (5 secured, short ONE for a majority of 11 total):
Sen. Dr. Richard Pan (chair) – voting “AYE”; Sen. Lena A. Gonzalez – voting “AYE”
Sen. Monique Limon – voting “AYE”; Sen. Scott D. Wiener – voting “AYE”; Sen. Melissa Melendez (vice chair)

Sen. Melissa Hurtado, Senate District 28 / (Riverside  County Cities:  Anza, Blythe,  Canyon  Lake,  Cathedral  City,  Coachella,  Desert  Hot  Springs, Indian  Wells,  Indio, Lake  Elsinore,  La  Quinta,  Murrieta,  Palm Springs,  Rancho Mirage,  Temecula, Wildomar; Unincorporated  Communities:  Aguanga,  Chiriaco  Summit,  Desert  Center,  Fern Valley, Homeland,  Idyllwild,  Mecca,  Mesa  Verde,  Mountain  Center,  North  Shore,  Pine Cove, Pinyon  Pines,  Radec,  Ripley,  Sage,  Sky  Valley,  Thermal,  Valle  Vista,  Whitewater, Winchester. Email staffer: Marisol Ibarra – marisol.ibarra@sen.ca.gov 

Sen. Connie  Leyva, Senate District 20 /  Los  Angeles  County:  Pomona. San Bernardino  County:  Chino,  Colton,  Fontana,  Grand  Terrace,  Montclair,  Ontario, Rialto,  San Bernardino. Email staffer: Jessica Golly – jessica.golly@sen.ca.gov

Sen. Richard D. Roth, Senate District  31 /  Riverside  County:  Corona, Coronita, Eastvale,  El Cerrito,  Highgrove,  Home  Gardens, Jurupa  Valley,  Mead  Valley  – partial, Moreno  Valley,  Norco,  Perris,  Riverside. Email staffer: Gilbert Martinez – gilbert.martinez@sen.ca.gov

Sen. Susan Rubio, Senate District 22 / Los  Angeles  County:  Alhambra, Arcadia,  Azusa,  Baldwin  Park,  Covina,  El  Monte, Industry,  Irwindale,  La  Puente,  Monterey Park,  Rosemead,  San  Gabriel,  South  El Monte,  Temple  City,  West  Covina. Email staffer: Alex Hirsch – alex.hirsch@sen.ca.gov

Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, Senate District 5 / Sacramento  County:  Galt All of  San  Joaquin  County:  Escalon,  Lathrop,  Lodi,  Manteca,  Ripon,  Stockton, Tracy; Stanislaus County:  Modesto,  Riverbank. Email staffer: Anna Billy – anna.billy@sen.ca.gov

For all our Senate Resources including the bill language, here is the link for the full Senate Toolkit:  https://app.box.com/s/uj326uf57tllzfll7sjut81d15gtgvu9

GOAL:  Win a Senate Floor Vote, Get Governor Newsom to Sign AB 279 into LAW:

We are standing by to give the green light for a massive statewide lobby effort (letters/phone calls/emails by constituents to their individual Senators) as soon as we win a Senate floor vote (probably following AB 279 passage through the Senate Appropriations Committee).  Should we win the advancement to a floor vote, for those that would like to begin preparing their letters for that critical stage of grassroots lobbying, here are some resources:

AB 279 Fact Sheet:

Find your CA State Senator:

Senate Support Letter for AB 279 Template:

Phone script for talking with your Senator’s office:

Find your State Senator’s phone number:

Email address for CA Senators:


California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform; AARP; California Advocacy, Inc.; Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Los Angeles; California Alliance for Retired Americans; California Association of Long Term Care Medicine; California Association of Public Authorities for IHSS; California Health Advocates; California Long-term Care Ombudsman Association; California Retired Teachers Association; Chinatown Community for Equitable Development; Consumer Attorneys of California; Consumer Federation of California; Essential Caregivers Coalition; Florin Japanese American Citizens League Sacramento Valley; Gray Panthers of San Francisco; Health Care for All, Los Angeles Chapter; Japanese American Bar Association; Japanese American Citizens League, Pacific Southwest District; Japanese American Citizens League, Twin Cities Chapter; Keiro Pacifica Community Advisory; Koreisha Senior Care & Advocacy; Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; National Association of Social Workers California Chapter; National Health Law Program; Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress; Nikkei Progressives; Progressive Asian Network for Action; Sakura ICF Family Council; Save Our Seniors Network; SEIU California; The Geriatric Circle; 62 Individuals

Opposition: California Department of Public Health; California Association of Hospital Facilities

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