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Assembly Committee Blocks Hagman's 'Maternity Hotels' Bills

The Assembly Local Government Committee voted 4-7 against the proposed measure.

A proposed bill designed to block the opening of "maternity hotels" in residential neighborhoods stalled Wednesday in the Assembly Local Government Committee.

Assembly Bill 192, authored by Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, failed to move forward after the committee voted 4-7 against the measure, reported the Daily Bulletin.

Hagman, whose district includes Diamond Bar and Walnut, plans to talk to Democratic lawmakers about their concerns about the bill, the newspaper reported.

The committee decision comes about a week after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to support Hagman's bill.

The "maternity hotels," which are residential homes for pregnant women mainly from foreign countries, have been cause for concern for many San Gabriel Valley cities. 

The city of Chino Hills, where Hagman lives, shut down a mansion in town in December that had been made into one of these homes.

That same month, Walnut officials discovered a home near Meadow Pass and Pierre roads and closed it down.

Community Development Director Tom Weiner said at the time that the process to shut down the operation took about 60 days.  Walnut received a tip from a resident who noticed increased foot traffic at the home.

“Our investigation found it was used for one of these homes similar to Chino Hills,” Weiner said.  “We were aggressive in taking care of the problem and successful at having them cease operation.”

Supervisor Don Knabe has expressed concern for the safety of the women and their infants in the homes, which have been found in Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights.

"These maternity hotels have grown beyond the scope of a zoning issue," Knabe said during a recent board of Supervisors meeting. "The conditions inside some of these houses are putting the lives of the mothers and babies at risk, and we must do what we can to protect them and stop this illegal activity."

Under Hagman's proposed legislation, violating a city's or county's zoning ordinance and operating a hotel in a residential area would be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $500 to $5,000 or imprisonment of 30 days to six months, or both.

Local immigrant rights groups have spoken out against proposed measures to crack down on the homes, calling efforts to shutter them through zoning laws too broad and extreme.

Vito Spago April 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM
I will have to agree. Law seems extreme and is targeting asians. Just close the homes with existing laws.
Teri Felker April 18, 2013 at 02:08 PM
All I'll say is everyone has a price. If I state my opinion I'll be censored.
Michael Sherman April 18, 2013 at 02:26 PM
How is it targeting Asians? Oh wait, the same way the INS is targeting Hispanics? The law is targeting the illegal actions, if more Asians are doing it, then more Asians will be convicted. I agree with Hagman. This operation needs to have criminal consequences. I don't believe a misdemeanor is very extreme at all. Barely a slap on the wrist.
Mario Zepeda April 18, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Well what is going on with this? Are they here illegally or not?
Michael Sherman April 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I wasn't talking about anyone's citizenship. I was just trying to make a point.
Two Sides April 18, 2013 at 03:20 PM
I agree with most of the comments above. There should be no free passes for anyone from anywhere individually or through their children. Play by the rules (immigration and other laws), work, pay taxes just like those here legally are suppose to do. If you don't, pay the consequences just like those here legally would and should. As for the conditions for mothers and children, there are mothers and children who are citizens who live in poor conditions, I agree we need to do whatever we can to protect them whether it means make sure they don't get here illegally or find work for those here legally. With few exceptions (severe mental or physical conditions), no welfare without work would help everyone.
Vito Spago April 18, 2013 at 03:31 PM
What is illegal is the for profit business in a residential neighborhood. The mothers come to this country on a legitimate visa and pay a hospital to have a baby. Nothing illegal about that. They need to stay at a hotel or with a relative. The Mexican anchor baby, however, is a mother that crosses the border illegally and shows up in an emergency room to have a baby and skips on the bill.
Tricia April 18, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Lets use common sense here... People open up a maternity hotel, they charge these woman about $20,000 and provide room, meals and the delivery of their baby. These woman are not allowed out if the home for a week. They are not given any medical treatments or check ups. The people running the hotel attempt to deliver these babies. Forget about whether or not they are here legally. They are charging fees like doctors but they arent doctors. If you were charged $20 grand for a doctor to do a job and it turns out they werent doctors would you consider this illegal? Would you want justice? What if the baby is born breech? What the baby is born premature? Stillborn? Etc. Think about their health, the risks, sanitary. Voting for less punishment or keeping the "lax" laws we have now obviously dont work. For the health of all involved we need stronger laws.
Michael Sherman April 18, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Thank you Tricia! Vito, why do you think people that have visa's want to have a baby here if not to "anchor" their child here and therefore anchor themselves here? Get real.
Teri Felker April 18, 2013 at 04:43 PM
The problem we have is that the laws are not equally applied anymore. Depends on who you are and where you're from........
Vito Spago April 18, 2013 at 05:38 PM
If they follow existing immigration laws and are not criminals or freeloaders, I do not have a problem with that. Is it against the law to get a visa for the purpose of visiting to have a baby? I do not know? I do not think it is. Cannot overstay the visa and must return home with the kid. Kid being a US citizen does not allow you to stay. Since kid cannot stay by themselves, they have to go also. So kid gets in-state tuition when they come to college here in the US. Big deal. Long as it is legal.
Michael Sherman April 18, 2013 at 07:10 PM
That is true Vito. However my opinion is that now our country is more populated than ever, we should make It harder for nationals to gain citizenship for their children than just being born here. But I suppose that is a different discussion. Later on that child will become an adult, and being a citizen, could move here. While it IS legal, this is NOT what our immigration laws were intended for.
Sofia Mendoza April 18, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Their parents DONT pay taxes ALL their lives!!! Then they come here, get walfare and free education?!?!?! R U Fucking kidding me??!?!!? IM GLAD TO HEAR THEY ARE FINALLY DOING SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!!!
Wanda April 18, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Wake up, Vito and get your facts straight. And what makes anyone think they are paying hospital bills? What a joke. They come here to deliver their babies in our "better" hospitals and anchor their babies as citizens too. Two big bonuses with no consequences. Ask someone who works in a maternity ward at any of our hospitals. It's free for them, but not for us taxpayers. I call that illegal and morally wrong.
Nisha April 18, 2013 at 08:36 PM
"Birthing tourism" is the official term for what these people are engaged in. It is a for- profit business being run without proper zoning in the neighborhoods in which WE LIVE. Never mind the clean up and waste disposal from the birthing procedures... This is wrong on so many levels. Who are the members on the assembly local committee that voted against the bill?? Their names please?!
PJ April 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Amen, Tricia and Michael! Wake up America!
PJ April 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM
but, the kid gives them anchor to stay over their visa while they fight to stay.

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