Who says that Republicans in Sacramento do not vote YES on bills?

Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing that Republicans in our state legislature want to block every piece of legislation? Here’ proof that they can and do support reasonable proposals. AB 19, as detailed below, was approved with 28 Republicans in the Assembly voting YES supported by 13 Democrats, including Santa Ana’s Jose Solorio, while 33 Democrats voted NO!

   AB 19, Evans. In-home supportive services.

“Existing law provides for the county-administered In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, under which qualified aged, blind, and disabled persons are provided with services in order to permit them to remain in their own homes and avoid
institutionalization. Existing law permits services to be provided under the IHSS program either through the employment of individual providers, a contract between the county and an entity for the provision of services, the creation by the county of a public authority, or a contract between the county and a nonprofit consortium.

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, administered by the State Department of Health Care Services, under which health care services are provided to qualified low-income persons. Under existing law, IHSS recipients who are eligible for the Medi-Cal program, are provided with personal care option services, as defined,
in lieu of receiving these services under the IHSS program.

Under existing law, the State Department of Social Services is required, in  consultation and coordination with county welfare departments, to establish and implement statewide hourly task guidelines and instructions to provide counties with a standard tool for consistently and accurately assessing service needs and
authorizing service hours to meet those needs.

This bill would require the department, on or before December 31, 2011, in consultation with county welfare departments and stakeholders, to develop and implement procedures to ensure that an IHSS provider of services receives a list specifying the approved duties to be performed for each recipient under the provider’s care and a complete list of supportive service tasks available under the IHSS program. It would require an application for IHSS benefits to contain a notice that providers will be provided with this information. This bill would also require all prospective IHSS providers to complete a prescribed provider orientation as a
condition of IHSS program participation.”

ACTION 07/24/09: PASSED Assembly 42 to 33. Sent to Governor.
• DEMOCRATS VOTING YES (13): Karen Bass (Assembly Speaker), Joan Buchanan, Mike Davis, Noreen Evans (Chair, Assembly Budget Committee), Cathleen Galgiani, Isadore Hall III, Alyson Huber, Jared Huffman, Fiona Ma, Pedro Nava, V. Manuel Perez, Ira Ruskin, and Jose Solorio

• REPUBLICANS VOTING YES (28): Anthony Adams, Joel Anderson, Bill Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Sam Blakeslee (Assembly Republican Leader), Connie Conway, Chuck DeVore, Michael Duvall, Bill Emmerson, Nathan Fletcher, Jean Fuller, Ted Gaines, Martin Garrick, Danny Gilmore, Curt Hagman, Diane Harkey, Kevin Jefferies, Steve Knight, Dan Logue, Jeff Miller, Brian Nestande, Roger Niello, Jim Nielsen, Jim Silva, Cameron Smyth, Audra Strickland, Van Tran, and Michael Villines


• DEMOCRATS VOTING NO (33): Tom Ammiano, Jim Beall Jr (Chair, Assembly Human Services Committee), Marty Block, Bob Blumenfield, Julia Brownley, Anna Caballero, Charles Calderon, Wes Chesbro, Joe Coto, Hector De La Torre, Kevin De Leon, Mike Eng, Mike Feuer, Paul Fong, Felipe Fuentes, Warren Furutani, Mary Hayashi, Edward Hernandez, Jerry Hill (Chair, Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health & Human Services), Dave Jones (Chair, Assembly Health Committee), Ted Lieu, Bonnie Lowenthal, Tony Mendoza, Bill Monning, John A. Perez, Mary Salas, Lori Saldana, Nancy Skinner, Sandre Swanson, Tom Torlakson, Norma Torres, Alberto Torrico, and Mariko Yamada.

• REPUBLICANS VOTING NO (0): ***none***
• DEMOCRATS NOT VOTING (3): Wilmer Amina Carter, Paul Krekorian, and Anthony Portantino.
VACANT SEAT (1): 51st Assembly District

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