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ammiano.JPGIn home nannies and caregivers will receive overtime pay for working more than nine hours a day or 45 hours a week under a bill headed to the governor.

A watered down version of San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's so-called "Domestic Worker Bill of Rights" cleared its final Legislative hurdle Thursday following a 52-25 vote along party lines in the Assembly.

Assembly Bill 241 will now head to Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed a similar bill last year.

Recent amendments narrowed the bill to exclude meal and rest break provisions, exempted occasional babysitters from overtime requirements, called for a review commission to evaluate the bill's impact and added a three-year sunset provision.

"I amended this bill to reflect some concerns that had been expressed earlier," Ammiano said in a statement. "As a result, important opponents have withdrawn their opposition and I'm hopeful that Gov. Brown will add his name to this important milestone in labor rights."

During floor debate, Ammiano specifically named the California Chamber of Commerce as having removed opposition. Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign the bill.

"Our members in California have worked tirelessly for this moment," said Ai-jen Poo, director of the National Domestic Workers Coalition, in a statement. "This vote gets us one step closer to extending equal labor rights to domestic workers in California."

The Senate passed the bill Wednesday 23-12.

Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, presented the bill on the Senate floor, recalling childhood memories of riding the bus to work with his mother, who cleaned homes in wealthy coastal enclaves.

Republicans spoke against the bill, saying it would make it too costly for families to hire aides to help care for the elderly.

PHOTO: Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, in a 2009 file photo. The Sacramento Bee/Hector Amezcua.


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