Assembly healthcare reform vote canceled again

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 30, 2007

Early in November Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) announced that the Assembly would vote on a healthcare reform proposal on November 26th. With no final agreement between the Governor and lawmakers, the vote was canceled. The Speaker then scheduled votes for December 5th and 6th for a healthcare overhaul. They have now been canceled as well.

Lawmakers and staff are being told to be available to return to the Capitol within 24 hours at the "call of the Speaker" for when he sets a new date.

The Speaker's Communications Director, Steve Maviglio, said the Assembly delayed the votes to continue negotiations on a compromise. "We needed additional time to draft language and shop it around," he said. "We realize we are pushing the envelope (to still qualify for the ballot). But we’d rather get it done right than fast."

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