July 15, 2021: AB 279 Advances to the Senate Floor!

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Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi, co-author of AB 279, testifying at the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations, July 15, 2021

With leadership from Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) member, Mike Dark, the grassroots lobby effort secured another victory for AB 279 today with another decisive bipartisan 6-0 “AYE” vote in support of AB 279!

Many individuals and organizations called in to submit their support of this bill, including, of course, SOS Network and the Sakura ICF Family Council, Progressive Asian Network for Action (PANA), and notably, the office of the CA State Attorney General, Rob Bonta!  Support letters had also been submitted by groups such as Chinatown Community for Equitable Development (CCED) and Ground Game – LA.

Significantly, the Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations heard the falsehoods being promoted by the California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) and the CA Department of Public Health that AB 279 would cause significant fiscal burden on the state and private operators and voted against these baseless arguments.  Assemblymember Al Murtasuchi correctly pointed out that private operators would suffer no damage to their current revenue streams as residents will continue to pay their rent and that there are no known existing bankruptcy cases requiring assistance from the State to process.

Now, we look forward to securing a date for a Senate floor vote.  A two-thirds vote (27 votes) in the Senate would deliver AB 279 to the Governor’s desk for signing into law. Assuming that the 10 votes from the Senate Committee on Health and 6 votes from the Appropriations Committee hold up as “Aye” votes on the Senate floor, WE NEED 11 MORE AYE VOTES.  We now seek a floor vote immediately upon the reconvening of the Senate after Summer Recess.

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.

Please continue monitoring this website for more take-action steps regarding AB 279, including visiting this page:  https://saveourseniors.network/help-advance-ab-279-to-a-ca-senate-floor-vote/

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