OCBC and ACC-OC partnered once again for the annual One Voice, Two Capitols Advocacy Trip to Sacramento, March 18-19, to meet with elected officials and policymakers and share Orange County’s business priorities. The 50-person delegation met with State Controller John Chiang, Secretary of Business Transportation and Housing Brian Kelly, Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency Matthew Rodriguez, Chair of the California Air Resources Board Mary Nichols, Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, State Senators Leland Yee, Mark Wyland, Bob Huff and Jim Beall, Assemblymembers Anthony Rendon, Jimmy Gomez, Jose Medina, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Travis Allen and Katcho Achadjian, and policymakers from various state agencies.
OC’s legislative delegation joined participants for a reception Monday evening, where Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte made a surprise visit to address the group and voice support for business. OCBC President and CEO Lucy Dunn stood with Assembly Speaker John A. Perez at a press conference announcing bipartisan support for a bill to reduce the business filing backlog at the Secretary of State’s office.
The trip provided an opportunity to share OCBC and ACC-OC’s legislative priorities in 2013, including reducing regulations that prohibit business growth, opposition of attempts to weaken Prop 13, CEQA modernization, greater local control in education, and continued investment in infrastructure. One of the most interesting takeaways from the trip was the group’s impression of California’s freshman legislators. The newly elected officials were open to new ideas and working across the aisle, and displayed patience for the legislative process not seen in past years.
With the recent change in term limits allowing legislators the opportunity to work in a single house for 12 years, freshman clearly felt less pressure to push through an overabundance of bills, opting instead to learn the legislative process, build relationships, and develop quality legislation. More striking was the refreshing tone towards business, jobs, and the economy displayed by Senate and Assembly Democrats. All of the members that met with OCBC displayed a genuine understanding of the importance of taking appropriate legislative steps to protect California’s business during this fragile economic period. While votes have yet to be cast, OCBC is cautiously optimistic that jobs and the economy will remain a priority for members of the legislature.
CLICK HERE for photos from the trip. CLICK HERE to register of OCBC and ACC-OC’s Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C.For more information contact Bryan Starr, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.