One of the most important roles of a Chamber of Commerce is to represent the interests of its members and the general business community to legislators and government officials.   The Santa Maria Valley Chamber, in partnership with other Chambers throughout our region and state, works hard to ensure that elected leaders understand the potential impacts of proposed legislation before they cast their vote.   Our objective in this effort is to create an environment in our community and state which is the most friendly to business and economic vitality as possible.

Working with our partners at the California Chamber of Commerce, SMVCC tracked legislators votes on a series of key pieces of legislation this year.   We are pleased to report that Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian voted with business on all 14 votes tracked in the State Assembly.   He was one of only 6 members of the Assembly to do so.

While Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson only voted with business on 3 of 17 votes tracked in the State Senate this year, we appreciate her support on those three bills.   One bill eliminated confusing elements in CA law related to waiting period limitations for health care coverage.   Senator Jackson also voted with business on legislation making it more attractive for film and television production to return or remain in California.  Finally, we appreciate her support for the Water Bond which ultimately was approved by the voters to begin making new investments in our water storage and delivery systems.

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber is committed to working with all of our elected leaders to ensure that we each understand the other’s perspectives and priorities throughout the legislative process.  We look forward to working with both Senator Jackson and Assemblyman Achadjian during the 2015 session to ensure issues important to the economic vitality of the Central Coast region are addressed.

For a description of all bills tracked by the Chamber this year and a complete voting record for the State Senate and Assembly in 2014, click here:  CA Legislature Business Vote Record 2014