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CalChamber Issues Vote Record on Major Business Bills 2016 

The California Chamber of Commerce has released a report of California legislators’ floor votes for the second year of the 2015-16 legislative session, focusing on priority bills to the state’s business community.

This is the 42nd vote record the CalChamber has compiled. The CalChamber publishes this report in response to numerous requests by member firms and local chambers of commerce that would like a gauge by which to measure the performance of their legislators.

To help readers assess legislators’ vote records, the charts group bills into seven areas: education, environmental regulation, health care costs, labor and employment, legal reform and protection, water supply and quality, and workers’ compensation.

No vote record can tell the entire story of a legislator’s attitude and actions on issues of importance to business. To fully evaluate your legislative representative, consult the legislative journals and examine your legislator’s votes in committee and on floor issues.

Many anti-business bills were rejected by legislators in policy or fiscal committees, thus stopping proposals before they reached the floor for a vote. The vote record does not capture these votes.

Most bills in this report cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies.

The CalChamber recognizes that there are many bills supported or opposed by business that are not included in this vote record and analysis.

A “Best Business Votes” section lists legislators according to the percentage of times they voted with the CalChamber position on the bills selected for the vote record.

This year, the vote record covers 17 votes in the Senate and 16 votes in the Assembly. Most bills in the vote record cover major business issues that are of concern to both small and large companies.

Senate   -- 80% or more with CalChamber

Anderson, Joel (R) 17-0
Bates, Pat (R) 17-0
Fuller, Jean (R) 17-0
Huff, Bob (R) 17-0
Moorlach, John M.W. (R) 17-0
Nguyen, Janet (R) 17-0
Stone, Jeff (R) 17-0
Vidak, Andy (R) 17-0

Berryhill, Tom (R) 16-0
Gaines, Ted (R) 16-0
Morrell, Mike (R) 16-0
Nielsen, Jim (R) 16-0

Cannella, Anthony (R) 16-1

60%-79% with CalChamber

Galgiani, Cathleen (D) 11-6
Glazer, Steve (D) 11-6

40%-59% with CalChamber

Roth, Richard (D) 9-8

Pan, Richard (D) 8-9

Less than 40% with CalChamber

McGuire, Mike (D) 6-11
Wieckowski, Bob (D) 6-11

Hueso, Ben (D) 5-10

Liu, Carol (D) 5-11

Allen, Ben (D) 5-12
Hernandez, Ed (D) 5-12
Lara, Ricardo (D) 5-12
Leyva, Connie (D) 5-12
Mendoza, Tony (D) 5-12
Wolk, Lois (D) 5-12

Hancock, Loni (D) 4-12

Beall, Jim (D) 4-13
Block, Marty (D) 4-13
de León, Kevin (D) 4-13
Hall, Isadore (D) 4-13
Hertzberg, Bob (D) 4-13
Hill, Jerry (D) 4-13
Jackson, Hannah-Beth (D) 4-13
Leno, Mark (D) 4-13
Mitchell, Holly J. (D) 4-13
Monning, Bill (D) 4-13
Pavley, Fran (D) 4-13

Senator Sharon Runner (R) absent due to illness for votes on March 31, May 26, June 2. Deceased July 14, 2016.

Assembly -- 80% or more with CalChamber

Gaines, Beth (R) 16-0
Kim, Young (R) 16-0
Mathis, Devon (R) 16-0
Obernolte, Jay (R) 16-0
Patterson, Jim (R) 16-0

Bigelow, Frank (R) 15-0
Grove, Shannon (R) 15-0
Harper, Matthew (R) 15-0

Allen, Travis (R) 15-1
Brough, William P. (R) 15-1
Jones, Brian (R) 15-1
Mayes, Chad (R) 15-1
Wagner, Donald (R) 15-1

Chang, Ling Ling (R) 14-2
Chávez, Rocky (R) 14-2
Gallagher, James (R) 14-2

Melendez, Melissa (R) 13-2

Dahle, Brian (R) 13-3
Lackey, Tom (R) 13-3
Olsen, Kristin (R) 13-3
Steinorth, Marc (R) 13-3
Wilk, Scott (R) 13-3

60%-79% with CalChamber

Achadjian, Katcho (R) 12-4
Maienschein, Brian (R) 12-4
Waldron, Marie (R) 12-4

Daly, Tom (D) 11-5

Gray, Adam (D) 10-5

Baker, Catharine (R) 10-6
Frazier, Jim (D) 10-6
Hadley, David (R) 10-6

40%-59% with CalChamber

Cooper, Jim (D) 9-7
Linder, Eric (R) 9-7
Salas, Rudy (D) 9-7

Gipson, Mike (D) 8-8
O’Donnell, Patrick (D) 8-8

Brown, Cheryl (D) 7-9
Campos, Nora (D) 7-9

Less than 40% with CalChamber

Irwin, Jacqui (D) 6-9

Cooley, Ken (D) 6-10
Eggman, Susan Talamantes (D) 6-10

Arambula, Joaquin (D) 5-10
Levine, Marc (D) 5-10

Bloom, Richard (D) 5-11
Dodd, Bill (D) 5-11
López, Patty (D) 5-11
Ridley-Thomas, Sebastian (D) 5-11
Wood, Jim (D) 5-11

Hernández, Roger (D) 4-11
Medina, Jose (D) 4-11
Nazarian, Adrin (D) 4-11

Alejo, Luis (D) 4-12

Atkins, Toni (D) 4-12

Bonilla, Susan (D) 4-12
Bonta, Rob (D) 4-12
Burke, Autumn (D) 4-12
Calderon, Ian (D) 4-12
Chau, Ed (D) 4-12
Chiu, David (D) 4-12
Chu, Kansen (D) 4-12
Dababneh, Matt (D) 4-12
Garcia, Cristina (D) 4-12
Garcia, Eduardo (D) 4-12
Gatto, Mike (D) 4-12
Gomez, Jimmy (D) 4-12
Gonzalez, Lorena (D) 4-12
Gordon, Rich (D) 4-12
Holden, Chris (D) 4-12
Jones-Sawyer, Reggie (D) 4-12
Low, Evan (D) 4-12
Mullin, Kevin (D) 4-12
Quirk, Bill (D) 4-12
Rendon, Anthony (D) 4-12
Rodriguez, Freddie (D) 4-12
Santiago, Miguel (D) 4-12
Stone, Mark (D) 4-12
Ting, Phil (D) 4-12
Weber, Shirley (D) 4-12
Williams, Das (D) 4-12
Thurmond, Tony (D) 3-12
McCarty, Kevin (D) 2-12

CalChamber Special Report:  November Ballot Measures

The latest edition of Alert includes a seven-page special report on the November ballot measures, including brief summaries of the California Chamber of Commerce reasons for its positions on seven of the 17 ballot measures.

On propositions where the CalChamber has no position, the guide summarizes arguments for and against the measures as presented in the 224-page official voter information guide prepared by the California Secretary of State.

Below is a recap of CalChamber positions on November ballot measures:


Proposition 51: School Bonds

Proposition 52: State Fees on Hospitals. Federal Medi-Cal Matching Funds

Proposition 54: Legislative Transparency

Proposition 58: English Language Education


Proposition 53: Revenue Bonds

Proposition 55: Tax Extension on High Wealth Individuals

Proposition 61: Prescription Drug Purchases. Pricing

For more information, see the special report or download a print-friendly PDF.

What California Employers Need to Know

About the New Federal Overtime Rule

The California Chamber of Commerce has made available a free white paper that covers the new federal overtime rule, its effects on how California employers pay their employees, and how employers can prepare for the change.

Until recently, California employers were generally not concerned with federal overtime requirements because California’s duties and salary tests for certain key exemptions were more stringent than federal requirements.

That changes as of December 1, 2016, when the federal salary requirement for the administrative, executive and professional exemptions will exceed California’s salary test. When state and federal overtime laws apply, employers must follow whichever is more protective of employees.

What does this new law mean for California employers?  Do you increase salaries or reclassify employees? It involves numerous issues, so it’s not a clear-cut decision.

What California Employers Need to Know About the New Federal Overtime Rule is now available for nonmembers to download. CalChamber members can also access this white paper on HRCalifornia.

CalChamber’s white paper covers:

Changes to the federal overtime rule mean that the federal salary test is now relevant to California employers ...
  • How the new rule affects the federal salary test;
  • Whether the federal rule relating to bonuses, commissions and highly compensated employees applies;
  • Steps you can take to prepare; and
  • Much more.

The California Chamber of Commerce 2016 Business Issues and Legislative Guide is available. 






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