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

Hearing Date for AB 279 in the Senate Committee on Health Moved to June 23, 1pm

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), which has previously declared support for the mass eviction of Japanese American and Japanese seniors from Sakura ICF, has now come out in public opposition to AB 279, along with the California Hospital Association. This position means that more public pressure must be mounted on the Senate Committee on Health if we are to advance the Bill to the Senate Floor. More letters and emails to the Senate Committee on Health members are encouraged.

Current Bill Analysis by the Senate Committee on Health:

Tune in to the hearing at 1pm on June 23 HERE: https://shea.senate.ca.gov/

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

Because the grassroots lobby effort succeeded in advancing AB 279 to the CA Senate, the next stop for the bill towards becoming law will be the Senate Committee on Health. AB 279 is the legislation to stop evictions from and downgrading of services at CA senior care facilities during the still ongoing pandemic. Letters of support for AB 279 must be uploaded by June 9 at 3pm vial the Legislative Position Letter Portal to be considered in the Bill Analysis.

Link to video instruction on how to create a CA Legislature Position Letter Portal account and how to submit your position letter: https://youtu.be/uzIF9IJ_GYU

The letter submitted to the Senate Committee on Health by SOS Network can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Send support letters (via the Legislative Position Letter Portal) and/or to individual committee members’ Legislative Directors:   http://bit.ly/SenCommHealthEmails

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:

Fine your Senators’ 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 Hospital Association

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