CA Senate vote on AB 279 is TODAY – Keep Lobbying!
The Senate Floor vote is now scheduled for this afternoon, August 23. Help us lobby the priority targets: Archuleta, Glazer, Hueso, Newman, Umberg, Wilk, Ochoa-Bogh, Nielsen. Please make calls!
Senator Bob Archuleta – 32nd Senate District (916) 651-4032
Legislative Aide/Staffer: Andrew Aldama Email: Andrew.Aldama@sen.ca.gov
Senator Steve Glazer – 7th SD
Leg. Aide/Staffer: Caila Pedroncelli (female) Email: Caila.Pedroncelli@sen.ca.gov
Senator Ben Hueso – 40th SD (916) 651-4040
Leg. Aide/Staffer: Elmer Lizardi Email: Elmer.Lizardi@sen.ca.gov
Senator Josh Newman – 29th SD
Leg.Aide/Staffer: Alina Evans (also, Newman’s Legislative Director) Email: Alina.Evans@sen.ca.gov
Senator Jim Nielsen (Rep) – 4th SD (916) 651-4004
Leg. Aide/Staffer: Tanya Vandrick Email: Tanya.Vandrick@sen.ca.gov
Senator Rocilicie Ochoa Bogh (Rep; Female) – 23rd SD (916) 651-4023
Leg. Aide/Staffer: Scott Terrell
Senator Thomas J. Umberg (Dem.) – Senate District 34 (includes Seal Beach) (916) 651-4034
Leg. Aide/Staffer: Lisa Tran
Senator Scott Wilk (Rep) – 21st SD
Leg. Aide/Staffer: Nathaniel Thompson Email: Nathaniel.Thompson@sen.ca.gov
The CA Senate currently consists of 31 Democrats and 9 Republicans. Again, we need 27 votes to send the bill to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk.
Much gratitude to Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and his staff and our allies in the Senate for securing this scheduling of the Senate floor vote on Monday! Now, it’s up to US and our grassroots lobby effort to win the votes we need to send the bill to the Governor’s desk!
Question: What can you do to help win AB 279 and stop pandemic evictions of seniors in CA?
Answer: Submit a letter to your CA Senator NOW!
1. The easiest and BEST way to do so is via this link (edit and tailor their letter as desired): https://actionnetwork.org/letters/urge-senators-to-vote-aye-on-ab-279-to-protect-seniors-during-the-pandemic
Here is a shorter version of the above link: https://bit.ly/LetterForAB279
Nothing can replace lobby efforts from actual constituent members of the Senators’ Districts! Your voice really does count! No elected official wants to be known as someone who voted against the interests of senior citizens in their district!
For the past several weeks, SOS Network has been holding letter-signing events to get supporters to sign off on physical (paper) AB 279 support letters to be sent to their respective Senators. Including letters signed at the recent Kansha Obon II event in Little Tokyo, we’ve gotten 650 letters signed! SOS Network is now packaging all letters gathered from these street-level letter signing events to send to the respective Senators of those who signed letters.
2. For those that want to send letters via their Senator’s web sites or for those who want to CALL their Senator’s office, find your Senator’s information here: http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
Sample email or letter content HERE or below:
California Senate District ______
State Capitol, Room _____
Sacramento, CA. 95814
RE: AB 279 (Muratsuchi) – SUPPORT
July ______, 2021
I am writing you with an urgent request to vote “AYE” on AB 279. 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 constituent. 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. The current potential for Delta variant spiking is also of looming concern.
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. On June 23, a 10-0 bipartisan vote in the Senate Committee on Health confirmed the urgency and necessity of this legislation’s advance. A bipartisan vote of 6-0 in the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations confirmed that AB 279 poses negligible fiscal burden on the State.
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 public 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. The Senate needs to vote on this bill to protect California seniors.
Seniors 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, the urgency cannot be overstated.
Please vote “AYE” on AB 279 to advance this bill to the Governor’s desk for signing into law.
Thank you for your service.
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