The Santa Maria Valley Chamber knows that one of our key responsibilities is to represent the interests of our business members and the general business community to legislators and government officials.   Working in partnership with other Chambers throughout our region and state, we work to ensure elected leaders understand the likely business 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 completed his service in the Assembly upholding his strong tradition voting with business on 12 of the 16 bills tracked in the Assembly this year.   The Chamber joins with many others in our community in saluting Assemblyman Achadjian for nearly two decades of dedicated service and leadership at the local and state level!

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson voted with business on four of 17 priority bills tracked in the State Senate this year; we appreciate her support on those bills, which addressed issues ranging from school accountability, increased resources for the University of California to work with entrepreneurs across the state, modernizing regulations on surface mining operations, and increasing protections to discourage workers compensation fraud.

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber remains committed to working with 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 newly elected Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham during the 2017 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 2016, click here:  2016 CA Legislature Vote Record.