2008 Legislative Report Card

Regional Business Community Releases Annual Vote Record Holding Elected Officials Accountable

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore Valley, Menifee and Wildomar Chambers of Commerce tracked 25 potential new laws in 2008 that might have an impact on the regional business community. The Chambers, through their regional business advocacy coalition, the Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC), discussed and took a position of support or opposition on each potential new law and communicated those positions with state legislators throughout 2008. The SWCLC focused its efforts this year on the most critical potential laws that would impact the business community in a negative way.

“We focused our efforts this year on critical pieces of legislation and tracked each issue with our legislators,” stated Greg Morrison, Chairman the SWCLC. “By doing so, all of our state legislators voted with the chamber on average over 94% of the time,” continued Morrison.

“Each Chamber will continue to work hard at tracking potential new laws in 2009 in order to protect the business community and will work with the new legislators as they take office,” stated Morrison. “We are issuing our fourth annual vote record since 2005 in which we continue to hold our local legislators accountable to the business community,” continued Morrison.

The Chambers lobbied during the 2008 legislative session for our legislators to OPPOSE 13 potential new laws and SUPPORT 12 potential new laws. The Chambers’ official positions on each of the 25 bills have been available online at www.SouthwestCA.biz including summaries and explanations of why the Chambers’ opposed and supported each of the 25 potential new laws.

To reach the “percentage FOR pro-jobs legislation,” the Chambers’ tallied the number of times our legislators voted for the Chambers’ position and divided that total by the total number of potential new laws in which each legislator voted. A potential new law is not figured into the vote record percentage if a legislator, for whatever reason, did not vote or if the potential new laws died before the legislator had an opportunity to vote.
Summary of Votes

FOR pro-jobs legislation AGAINST jobs legislation Percentage FOR pro-jobs legislation
Senator Jim Battin 10 1 91%
Senator Dennis Hollingsworth 12 1 92%
Assembly Member John J. Benoit 19 1 95%
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries 20 0 100%

2008 Vote Record – In Depth

Not voting = Elected official did not vote.
N/A = Potential new law died before elected official had an opportunity to vote or in the case of the Governor the potential new law did not reach his desk.

AB 1 a (Nunez) Healthcare Reform
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: N/A

AB 844 (Berryhill) Junk Dealers and Recyclers: Nonferrous Material
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: Not Voting
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Support
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: Signed

AB 904 (Feuer) Recycling: Food Containers
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: N/A

AB 1065 (Lieber) Public Resources: Building Standards
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Oppose
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: N/A

AB 1394 (Krekorian) Counterfeit: Trademarks
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Support
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: Signed

AB 1840 (Calderon) Sales and Use Taxes: Retailers
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: N/A

AB 1954 (Jeffries) High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Support
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: Signed

AB 1956 (Calderon) Tangible Personal Property: Digital Property Report
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: N/A
Governor: N/A

AB 2058 (Levine) Recycling: Plastic Carryout Bags
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: N/A

AB 2112 (Saldana) Energy Building Standards
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: N/A

AB 2127 (Benoit) Employment: Alternative Workweek Schedules
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: N/A
Governor: N/A

AB 2270 (Laird) Recycled Water
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Oppose
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Not Voting
Governor: Vetoed

AB 2279 (Leno) Medical Marijuana: Qualified Patients and Caregivers
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Oppose
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: Vetoed

AB 2383 (Ruskin) Social Security Numbers
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: N/A
Governor: N/A

AB 2716 (Ma) Employment: Paid Sick Days
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: N/A

AB 2938 (De Leon) Water Diversions: Fish Monitoring
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Support
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: N/A

AB 2987 (Benoit) Worker’s Compensation: Job Displacement Benefits
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: N/A

SB 691 (Calderon) Junk Dealers and Recyclers: Nonferrous Material
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: Not Voting
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Not Voting
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: Signed

SB 974 (Lowenthal) Ports: Congestion Relief: Air Pollution Mitigation: Fee
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Oppose
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Not Voting
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: Vetoed

SB 1316 (Correa) Transportation Facilities: Tolls: Orange and Riverside
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Support
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: Signed

SB 1391 (Padilla) Recycled Water
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Support
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: Vetoed

SB 1420 (Padilla) Food Facilities: Nutritional Information
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Oppose
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: Signed

SB 1539 (Calderon) Meal Periods
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: N/A
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: N/A
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: N/A
Governor: N/A

SB 1608 (Corbett) Disabled Persons: Equal Access Rights: Civil Actions
SWCLC Position: Support
State Senator Jim Battin: Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Support
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Support
Governor: Signed

SB 1717 (Perata) Workers’ Compensation: Permanent Partial Disability
SWCLC Position: Oppose
State Senator Jim Battin: Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth: Oppose
Assembly Member John J. Benoit: Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries: Oppose
Governor: Vetoed

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