• Chamber Scores Local Legislators on Business-Related 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 several key legislative proposals this year.   Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham continues to demonstrate his support for business, voting to support the Chamber position on 19 of 20 bills tracked in the Assembly this year.   The Chamber thanks Jordan for his strong support on issues of importance to our businesses.
    Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson once again voted in opposition to local business issues, voting with business on 6 of 18 priority bills tracked in the State Senate this year.   This is an improvement over last year’s vote total and we appreciate her support on those bills where her positions aligned with business priorities.  
    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 stopped 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 covered several key areas, including Agriculture/Natural Resources, Banking/Finance, Education, Energy, Health Care, Housing and Land Use, Labor and Employment, Legal Reform, Privacy & Cybersecurity, and Unemployment Insurance.
    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 2020 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, a complete voting record for the State Senate and Assembly in 2019, and a final status report on issues of importance to business, visit advocacy.calchamber.com.