Chamber Scores Local Legislators on Business Issues

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber is committed to representing the interests of our members and the general business community to legislators and government officials.   Working with other local chambers and our partners at the California Chamber of Commerce, we work to ensure elected leaders understand the business impacts of proposed legislation before they cast their vote.   Our objective is to create an environment in our community and state which is as friendly to business and economic vitality as possible.

With our partners at CalChamber, SMVCC tracked legislators votes on a several key legislative proposals this year.   We are pleased to report that Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham scored very well, voting with the Chamber position on 12 of 14 bills tracked in the Assembly this year.   The Chamber thanks the Assembly member for his strong support on issues of importance to our businesses.

Unfortunately, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson voted with business on zero of 16 priority bills tracked in the State Senate this year.   We continue to try and work with her staff to identify areas of common ground, but this year those priorities simply didn’t match up.

While we recognize that the bills tracked represent a sampling of the total volume of votes cast by members of the legislature, we believe these votes reflect legislators’ attitudes toward private enterprise, fiscal responsibility and the business climate.   It is also important to note that many anti-business proposals were derailed in committees and so aren’t reflected in this scorecard, which tracked only final action votes in the full assembly or senate.    The package of bills included proposals that fell into nine key areas:  contracting out, environmental regulation, health care costs, housing and land use, industrial safety and health, labor and employment, legal reform and protection, privacy and telecommunications, and workers’ compensation.

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber remains committed to working with our elected leaders to ensure that we understand the other’s perspectives and priorities throughout the legislative process.  We look forward to working with both Senator Jackson and Assemblyman Cunningham during the 2018 session to ensure issues important to the economic vitality of the Central Coast region are addressed.

For a description of the bills tracked by the Chamber this year and a complete voting record for the State Senate and Assembly in 2017, visit advocacy.calchamber.com/2017/11/06/calchamber-issues-vote-record-on-major-business-bills-2017/.