Legislative Advocacy

The Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Action Committee reviews the upcoming federal, state and local legislation to make educated recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors that will promote and foster business for our members.

The committee reviews pending legislation, debates opposing sides, seeks counsel from our local officials and finally, if required, will send a supporting or opposing letter to the legislative group voting on the issue.

This is an important arm of the Chamber’s function in the business community. The Committee and members of the Chamber are invited annually to attend functions at the State Capitol and Washington, D.C. These are informative and very

important trips where committee members not only see where legislation is done but are given a chance to meet “on their turf” their elected officials and discuss pending topics that are affecting the business community. If this is something you have a passion for please call the chamber at (760) 346-6111.

Click here to see Board Member and Legislative Action Committee Member, Marv Law with Healthbridges Insurance, visit Washington DC to represent the Chamber and work towards stabilizing the employer group plan market and reduce/curb the rising cost of employer offered health plans. Thank you, Marv, for your dedication to our community!

The link below takes you to the Annual CalChamber Legislators Report Card for the 2019-2020 legislative session and focuses on California legislators’ floor votes on California Chamber of Commerce priority bills.

CalChamber Vote Record 2019



Legislative Officials

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris
Phone: (916) 448-2787
Fax: (202) 228-3865
Web: www.Harris.Senate.gov

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax:(619) 231-1108

Congressman Raul Ruiz

Congressman Raul Ruiz
Phone: (202) 225-5330
Fax: (760) 320-0596
Email: gene.rodriguez@mail.house.gov
Web: www.ruiz.house.gov






Governor Gavin Newsom
Phone:(916) 445-2841
Fax:(916) 558-3160
Web: www.gov.ca.gov/home.phl

State Assemblyman Chad Mayes

District 42 Assembly Member Chad Mayes
Email: assemblymember.Mayes@asm.ca.gov
Web: www.assembly.ca.gov/42

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D), 56th District

District 56 Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
Local Representative: Jacqueline Lopez
Phone: (916) 319-2056
Web: www.asmdc.org/members/a56

Riverside County Supervisor, Manuel Perez

Board of Supervisors Manuel Perez
Phone: (760) 863-8211
Fax: (760) 863-8905
Email: district4@rcbos.org
Web: www.rivco4.org

City of Palm Desert City Council

Council Chambers are located at the Palm Desert City Complex:
73510 Fred Waring Dr.
Meetings are held the 2nd & 4th Thursdays at 4pm

Susan Marie Weber (Council Member)

Gina Nestande (Mayor)

Sabby Jonathan (Council Member)

Kathleen Kelly (Mayor Pro Tem)

Jan Harnik (Council Member)



The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Team read, reviewed, and discussed the eleven ballot measures on the November 6, 2018 ballot. The Team took their positions to the Executive Board for approval and presentation to our members. Below is how we faired on election day. We included the position of the California Chamber of Commerce as your Legislative Action Team does not always agree with CalChamber’s positions.  




Prop 1 – Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act: Passed with 54.1 percent

  • A Yes Vote: The state will sell $4 (8) billion in bonds for affordable housing.
  • No Vote: The state will not sell bonds.

The Chamber has chosen to Abstain from providing a recommendation on this measure due to issues relating to how money is or wouldn’t be cycled or recycled. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.


Prop 2 – No Place Like Home Act: Passed with 61.1 percent

  • Yes Vote: The state can use mental health funds for housing for the homeless.
  • No Vote: The state cannot use the funds.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this proposition as it is an amendment to a previously adopted ballot measure which should allow monies to be expended for the specific purposes. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.


Prop 3 – Bonds for Water: Failed – only achieving 47.7 percent in support

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $8.9 in bonds to fund water and environmental projects.
  • A No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this measure as it would directly fund $200 million for the Salton Sea. Additional monies would be available through competitive grants. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.


Prop 4 – Bonds for Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care: Passed with 60.6 percent

  • Yes Vote: The state can sell $1.5 billion in bonds for the construction, expansion, renovation, and equipping of certain hospitals that treat children.
  • No Vote: The state cannot sell bonds.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this measure. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.


Prop 5 – Homeowners Tax Base Replacement Initiative: Failed – only receiving 41.9 percent of the vote

  • Yes Vote: All homeowners who are over 55 (or who meet other qualifications) would be eligible for property tax savings when they move to a different house.
  • No Vote: Homeowners who are over 55 would not see a continuation of Proposition 13 benefits if they move to a different home.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this measure. CalChamber has taken the position to Support.


Prop 6 – Gas Tax and Vehicle Registration Fees: Failed – only receiving 44.9 percent of the vote to repeal this tax and registration fees

  • Yes Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would be eliminated.
  • A No Vote: Gas and vehicle taxes recently passed by the Legislature would continue to be in effect.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this measure and rescind the gas and vehicle registration taxes. CalChamber has taken the position to Oppose this ballot measure.


Prop 7 – Daylight Saving Time: Passed with 59.9 percent of the vote

  • Yes Vote: The Legislature, with a two-thirds vote, could change daylight saving time if the change is allowed by the federal government.
  • No Vote: California would maintain its current daylight saving time period, early March to early November.

While this isn’t a business-related decision by the Chamber, the Chamber Opposes the ballot measure which would allow the State Legislature to determine the State’s involvement in the Daylight Saving Time program. CalChamber is not taking a position on Prop 7.


Prop 8 – Regulation and Price Control of Kidney Dialysis Clinics: Failed – only 38.4 percent supported financial regulation

  • Yes Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would have their revenues limited by a formula and could be required to pay rebates to certain parties (primarily health insurance companies) that pay for dialysis treatment.
  • No Vote: Kidney dialysis clinics would operate without the extra control.

The Chamber has chosen to Oppose this ballot measure, as it would restrict insurance coverage for dialysis patients. CalChamber has also taken the position to Oppose this proposition.


Prop 10 – Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property: Failed – only 38.3 percent supported new rent control measures

  • Yes Vote: State law would not limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.
  • No Vote: State law would continue to limit the kinds of rent control laws cities and counties could have.

The Chamber has chosen to Oppose this proposition as it would discourage new home construction, reducing housing supply and quality. CalChamber also Opposes this ballot measure.


Prop 11 – Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain on Call During Work Breaks: Passed – 59.4 percent supporting

  • Yes Vote: Private ambulance companies could continue their current practice of having emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics stay on-duty during their meal and rest breaks in order to respond to 911 calls.
  • No Vote: Private ambulance companies would be subject to labor laws for this industry. Based on a recent court decision, these laws likely would require ambulance companies to provide EMTs and paramedics with off-duty meal and rest breaks that cannot be interrupted by 911 call.

The Chamber has chosen to Support this ballot measure, to continue the practice with meal breaks subject to emergency calls. CalChamber has not taken a position on this proposition.



Prop 12 – New Standards for Confinement of Certain Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Certain Non-Complying Products: Passed – 61.0 percent supported expanding animal space minimums

  • Yes Vote: There would be new minimum requirements on farmers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal.
  • No Vote: Current minimum space requirements for confining animals would continue to apply.

The Chamber has chosen to Oppose this proposition as the existing minimum requirements are quite extensive. CalChamber has not taken a position on this proposition.


Click for the CalChamber Vote Record:

Vote Record (Part 1)

Vote Record (Part 2)

Vote Record (Part 3)

Comments are closed.