published on October 13, 2016 - 6:57 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) has released its latest legislative report card for state lawmakers, with some members of the Central Valley delegation’s boasting perfect voting records, according to the trade association.


In making up its 2016 Manufacturing Vote Record, the CMTA identified the nine most important floor votes in the Assembly and Senate related to manufacturing in California.

These include:

• AB 197, an extension of the state’s climate change measure that seeks more stringent steps to reduce local pollution

• AB 1066, the agricultural overtime bill that repeals the 10-hour daily overtime exemption for agricultural workers

• SB 1167, requiring regulators to create a heat illness standard for indoor workers by 2019

• SB 654, mandating small employers to grant employees six weeks of protected parental leave to bond with new children

The CMTA was opposed to all of the bills on its list.

Republican Senators Tom Berryhill and Andy Vidak received perfect voting records, according to the CMTA, as did Republican Assemblymembers Frank Bigelow, Devon Mathis and Jim Patterson.

Democratic Assemblymember Adam Gray of Merced cast six affirmative votes with the CMTA, and one opposed. Democratic Assemblymember Rudy Salas of Bakersfield had a 5-4 vote record while fellow Democratic Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula had a 1-8 record, according to the CMTA.

It was the second year in a row that Patterson received a 100-percent rating.

“California cannot be an economic leader in the 21st century if we continue to chase manufacturers and tech companies out with mounting taxes, fees and regulations,” Patterson said in a statement.

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