California Heathline: Yamada Takes a Lonely Stand on ADHC Bill

by David Gorn

The Senate Committee on Health yesterday rejected a bill designed to perpetuate adult day health care services in one of the strangest votes in recent memory.

The legislators on the committee voiced strong support for the bill and said they wanted to vote for it, but bill author Assembly member Mariko Yamada (D-Davis) adamantly refused to consider an amendment removing a restriction on for-profit adult day health businesses. After a long and awkward discussion of personal philosophy, the committee rejected the bill.

It failed to garner a single vote.

In fact, no actual vote was taken on AB 518 because no legislator would even move the bill.

“This is one of the most unique debates I’ve seen since I’ve been here in the Legislature,” said Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles). De León had offered Yamada an out, to postpone a vote on the bill and try to work out some kind of compromise, rather than take a vote after so many legislators had voiced their reluctant opposition.

“I wonder if it’s possible we don’t have a vote today, and maybe something can be worked out,” de León said. “Perhaps you can find a happy medium. Otherwise this is just an exercise.”

Yamada wasn’t willing. “I’m fine with a vote,” Yamada said.

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