2009 Legislative Report Card

Regional Business Community Releases Annual Vote Record Holding Elected Officials Accountable

The Temecula Valley, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore Valley and Wildomar Chambers of Commerce tracked 26 potential new state laws in 2009 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 2009. The SWCLC focused its efforts on some of the most controversial issues impacting business such as water and restrictive government regulations on business.

“We have had another successful year of communicating our positions with our state elected officials and in turn they fought hard for us in the capitol in order to protect the business community throughout Southwest California” stated Roger Ziemer, Chairman of the SWCLC. “We will continue to work hard tracking potential new laws in 2010 and look forward to a healthy legislative year that will involve among other things; several ballot measures, continued water issues, healthcare and reviving our local economies,” continued Ziemer.

The Chambers lobbied during the 2009 legislative session for our legislators to OPPOSE 12 potential new laws and SUPPORT 14 potential new laws. The Chambers’ official positions on each of the 26 bills have been available online at www.SouthwestCA.biz and will continue to use this resource to raise awareness on particular harmful new laws by issuing call to action eALERTs via the advocacy website. The SWCLC looks forward to another productive legislative session in 2010.

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
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth 12 2 86%
State Senator John J. Benoit 12 0 100%
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries 9 1 90%
Assembly Member Paul Cook 10 0 100%
Assembly Member Brian Nestande 11 0 100%
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger 7 2 78%

2009 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 28 Jeffries (R) Natural Gas Engines: Water Movement: Emissions
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 89 Torlakson (D) Taxation: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 178 Skinner (D) Sales and Use Taxes
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 474 Blumenfield (D) Water Efficiency Improvements
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Oppose
State Senator John J. Benoit Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Oppose
Assembly Member Paul Cook Support
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Support
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger SIGNED

AB 793 Jones (D) Employment: Discrimination
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Oppose
State Senator John J. Benoit Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Oppose
Assembly Member Paul Cook Oppose
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Oppose
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger VETOED

AB 804 Hall (D) Invasive Aquatic Species: Mussels
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Support
State Senator John J. Benoit Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Support
Assembly Member Paul Cook Support
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Support
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger VETOED

AB 943 Mendoza (D) Employment: Credit Reports
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Oppose
State Senator John J. Benoit Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Oppose
Assembly Member Paul Cook Oppose
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Oppose
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger VETOED

AB 1000 Ma (D) Employment: Paid Sick Day
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 1019 Beall (D) Alcohol-Related Services Program
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB 1366 Feuer (D) Residential Self-Regenerating Water Softeners
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Oppose
State Senator John J. Benoit Not Voting
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Not Voting
Assembly Member Paul Cook Not Voting
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Support
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger SIGNED

AB 1506 Anderson (R) State Funds: Registered Warrants
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Support
Assembly Member Paul Cook Support
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Support
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

AB X3 20 Bass (D) Federal Transportation Economic Stimulus Funds
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Support
State Senator John J. Benoit Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Support
Assembly Member Paul Cook Support
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Support
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

ACA 8 Jeffries (R) Meetings of the Legislature
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 104 Oropeza (D) Global Warming Solutions Act: Nitrogen Trifluoride
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Oppose
State Senator John J. Benoit Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Oppose
Assembly Member Paul Cook Oppose
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Oppose
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger SIGNED

SB 125 Benoit (R) Undocumented Criminal Aliens: Costs: Collecting Data
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 187 Benoit (R) Employment: Working Hours
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Support
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 287 Calderon R (D) Meal Periods
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 558 DeSaulnier (D) Alcohol Abuse Treatment Program Fund
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 568 Hollingsworth (R) Income and Corporation Taxes: Capital Gains
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 600 Padilla (D) Cigarette and Tobacco Products Taxes
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth N/A
State Senator John J. Benoit N/A
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 602 Padilla (D) Food Safety*
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Oppose
State Senator John J. Benoit Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 603 Padilla (D) Retail Cigarette and Tobacco Sales: Licenses
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Oppose
State Senator John J. Benoit Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 669 Hollingsworth (R) Sexually Violent Predators
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Support
State Senator John J. Benoit Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Support
Assembly Member Paul Cook Support
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Support
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger SIGNED

SB 696 Wright (D) South Coast Air Quality Management District: CEQA**
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Support
State Senator John J. Benoit Not Voting
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries N/A
Assembly Member Paul Cook N/A
Assembly Member Brian Nestande N/A
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger N/A

SB 789 Steinberg (D) Labor Representatives: Elections
SWCLC Position Oppose
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Oppose
State Senator John J. Benoit Oppose
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Oppose
Assembly Member Paul Cook Oppose
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Oppose
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger VETOED

SB 827 Wright (D) South Coast Air Quality Management District: CEQ
SWCLC Position Support
State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth Support
State Senator John J. Benoit Support
Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries Support
Assembly Member Paul Cook Support
Assembly Member Brian Nestande Support
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger SIGNED

* The original bill was opposed. The original bill language was transformed and included in SB 603.
** The original bill was supported. The original bill language was transferred to SB 827.

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