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Governor’s Health Care Reform Bill Finally a Bill – But No Author

Posted by Alan on November 9, 2007


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s health care reform plan had been put into legislative form a few weeks ago. But it had never been filed as an official bill until now. It’s officially part of the current special session on health care reform: ABX1-2.

What makes it unique is that there’s no author. ABX1-2 had been introduced earlier as a spot bill (think of it as a placeholder) with Assembly Speaker Nunez listed as the author. Yet when the Governor’s health care reform language flowed into the bill, the Speaker’s name flowed out. He does, after all, have his own bill — ABX1-1. So the Governor now has legislation, but no author. There’s something symbolic about all this, I just don’t know what it is. 

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