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: Members of the California Legislature will visit Saddleback Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 21 to visit with staff and local authorities. Photo: Allison Jarrell
: Members of the California Legislature will visit Saddleback Memorial Hospital on Monday, Sept. 21 to visit with staff and local authorities. Photo: Allison Jarrell

By Eric Heinz 

Assemblyman Bill Brough, who represents San Clemente’s District 73, will host a collection of legislators on Monday, Sept. 21 to tour the Saddleback Memorial Hospital in San Clemente. Brough has been trying to champion a bill that would allow emergency services to take place at facilities that do not have long-term inpatient services.

Currently, California law does not permit such facilities.

“The bill went through the Assembly Health Committee, and it turned out not to get a vote because we had some opposition from labor unions on the stand-alone emergency idea,” Brough said. “We decided to move it to an interim study.”

Assembly members Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, District 54, and Susan Bonilla, District 14, as well as State Sen. Ed Hernandez, District 22, are expected to come to the facility tour. Hernandez is the chairman of the Senate Health Committee.

The California Assembly is now out of session and will reconvene Jan. 4. The bill does not have to be reintroduced because it is going through the interim study process.

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