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CAPE 2002 Legislative Scorecard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 10, 2002) Contact: Geoffrey Kors, (760) 567-8116, or Ilona Turner, (916) 508-0501

CALIFORNIA ALLIANCE FOR PRIDE AND EQUALITY RELEASES 2002 LEGISLATIVE VOTING RECORD AND END-OF-YEAR SUMMARY

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Alliance for Pride and Equality today released its annual Legislative Voting Record, which rates each of California’s 120 state Legislators based on their votes on bills impacting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Californians. The non-profit, nonpartisan advocacy organization also celebrated its many successes from the legislative year.

“We are extremely pleased to report that more than 50% of the Legislature has received a rating of ‘good,’ ‘very good,’ or ‘outstanding’ based on their voting records,” said Geoff Kors, CAPE’s exeuctive director who noted that over 40% of the legislators were rated as ‘outstanding’ for their record on LGBT related legistation.

Kors continued, “Nine out of the eleven major bills supported by CAPE this year passed both houses of the Legislature, and seven of those nine were signed into law by Governor Davis. Looking at the CAPE 2002 Voting Record, it is easy to see why. The majority of members of the Legislature, like the majority of the public, support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Californians.”

The Legislators’ scores were as follows:

Outstanding – Assemblymembers voted ‘yes’ on 9 out of 9 bills, Senators voted ‘yes’ on 11 out of 11 33 Assemblymembers (all Democrats): Alquist, Aroner, Cardenas, Chan, Chavez, Chu, Cohn, Corbett, Diaz, Dutra, Firebaugh, Goldberg, Jackson, Keeley, Kehoe, Koretz, Liu, Longville, Lowenthal, Migden, Nation, Negrete McLeod, Oropeza, Pavley, Salinas, Simitian, Steinberg, Strom-Martin, Thomson, Vargas, Wayne, Wesson, Wiggins

16 Senators (all Democrats): Alarcon, Alpert, Bowen, Burton, Chesbro, Dunn, Escutia, Figueroa, Karnette, Kuehl, Machado, Ortiz, Perata, Romero, Sher, Speier

Very Good – Assemblymembers voted ‘yes’ on 8 out of 9 bills, Senators voted ‘yes’ on 9-10 out of 11 4 Assemblymembers (all Democrats): Frommer, Hertzberg, Nakano, Wright 6 Senators (all Democrats): O’Connell, Polanco, Scott, Soto, Torlakson, Vasconcellos

Good – Assemblymembers voted ‘yes’ on 6-7 out of 9 bills, Senators voted ‘yes’ on 7-8 out of 11 4 Assemblymembers (all Democrats): Calderon, Canciamilla, Reyes, Shelley 1 Senator (Democrat): Murray

Moderate – Assemblymembers voted ‘yes’ on 4-5 out of 9 bills, Senators voted ‘yes’ on 5-6 out of 11 6 Assemblymembers (all Democrats): Cedillo, Correa, Horton, Matthews, Papan, Washington

Poor – Assemblymembers voted ‘yes’ on 2-3 out of 9 bills, Senators voted ‘yes’ on 3-4 out of 11 3 Assemblymembers: 2 Democrats: Cardoza, Florez 1 Republican: Maldonado

3 Senators: 2 Democrats: Costa, Peace 1 Republican: McPherson

Very Poor – Assemblymembers voted ‘yes’ on 1 out of 9 bills, Senators voted ‘yes’ on 1-2 out of 11 4 Assemblymembers: 1 Democrat: Havice 3 Republicans: Aanestad, Pacheco, Richman 6 Senators (all Republicans): Battin, Haynes, Johannessen, Johnson, Margett, McClintock

Fail – Assemblymembers voted ‘yes’ on 0 out of 9 bills, Senators voted ‘yes’ on 0 out of 11 26 Assemblymembers (all Republicans): Ashburn, Bates, Bogh, Briggs, Bill Campbell, John Campbell, Cogdill, Cox, Daucher, Dickerson, Harman, Hollingsworth, Kelley, La Suer, Leach, Leonard, Leslie, Maddox, Mountjoy, Pacheco, Pescetti, Runner, Strickland, Wyland, Wyman, Zettel

8 Senators: 7 Republicans: Ackerman, Brulte, Knight, Monteith, Morrow, Oller, Poochigian 1 Democrat: Vincent

“This has been an incredibly successful year for CAPE and for LGBT Californians,” stated Kors. “New bills were signed into law granting same-sex couples new inheritance rights, allowing domestic partners to take paid time off work to care for one another, expanding health care access for individuals with HIV, and enhancing hate crime protections. These new laws move California significantly closer to full equality under law for LGBT people.”

The following voting record consists of two parts: bill descriptions and voting tables. The bill descriptions include an explanation of each bill. The vote tallies and dates follow the descriptions. The voting tables for each chamber list how the members voted on the bills and their overall records. All the measures listed below would have a positive impact and help advance the cause of equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and all Californians. Accordingly, the California Alliance for Pride and Equality (CAPE) sponsored and/or supported all of these bills and sought the affirmative support of all the state legislators (“Y” indicates a “yes” vote). As such, only the “yes” votes are counted towards the overall record.

The Assembly considered a total of nine bills. Thus, an Assemblymember receives an Outstanding voting record if he or she voted “yes” on all nine bills that came up for a vote on the Assembly floor. The other scores for Assemblymembers are: 8 – Very Good, 6-7 – Good, 4-5 – Moderate, 2-3 – Poor, 1 – Very Poor, and 0 – Fail.

The Senate considered a total of eleven bills. Thus, a Senator receives an Outstanding voting record if he or she voted “yes” on all eleven bills that came up for a vote on the Senate floor. The remaining scores for Senators are: 9-10 – Very Good, 7-8 – Good, 5-6 – Moderate, 3-4 – Poor, 1-2 – Very Poor, and 0 – Fail.

In order to account for legitimate absences on the part of supportive legislators, one bonus point is awarded to each author or co-author of LGBT-supportive legislation in 2002.

DESCRIPTION OF BILLS

[S1] AB 1080 (Kehoe) – would prohibit agencies of the State of California from contracting with businesses that discriminate in the benefits offered between employees with domestic partners and employees with spouses (CAPE’s Position – SPONSOR). Senate Column S1: 8/27/02 – Passed the State Senate, 21-11. Status: Held in Assembly Judiciary Committee.

[A1, S2] AB 1928 (Jackson) – allows a victim of gender-motivated violence to bring a civil action against the perpetrator (CAPE’s Position – SUPPORT). Assembly Column A1: 4/25/02 – Passed the State Assembly, 45-6. Senate Column S2: 8/21/02 – Passed the State Senate, 24-12. Status: 9/24/02 – Signed by Governor Gray Davis. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Ch. 842, 2002 Statutes.

[A2, S3] AB 2197 (Koretz) – expands eligibility for Medi-Cal to include non-disabled persons with HIV (CAPE’s Position – SUPPORT). Assembly Column A2: 5/29/02 – Passed the State Assembly, 52-26. Senate Column S3: 8/28/02 – Passed the State Senate, 21-12. Status: 9/18/02 – Signed by Governor Gray Davis. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Ch. 684, 2002 Statutes.

[A3, S4] AB 2216 (Keeley) – provides registered domestic partners with the same right as surviving spouses to inherit a specified share of a partner’s property if a partner dies without a will (CAPE’s Position – SPONSOR). Assembly Column A3: – 5/20/02 – Passed the State Assembly, 41-29. Senate Column S4: 8/20/02 – Passed the State Senate, 23-13. Status: 9/10/02 – Signed by Governor Gray Davis. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Ch. 447, 2002 Statutes.

[A4, S5] AB 2651 (Chu) – prohibits discrimination and harassment against foster youth, foster parents, and foster system staff on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV/AIDS status. (CAPE’s Position – SPONSOR). Assembly Column A4: 5/20/02 – Passed the State Assembly, 41-32. Senate Column S5: 8/14/02 – Passed the State Senate, 23-12. Status: 9/30/02 – Vetoed by Governor Gray Davis.

[A5, S6] AB 2777 (Nation) – allows the counties of Los Angeles, Marin, and Santa Barbara to extend death benefits to the surviving domestic partners of county employees (CAPE’s Position – SUPPORT). Assembly Column A5: 5/16/02– Passed the State Assembly, 44-26. Senate Column S6: 8/12/02 – Passed the State Senate, 21-14. Status: 9/4/02 – Signed by Governor Gray Davis. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Ch. 373, 2002 Statutes.

[A6, S7] AB 2862 (Migden) – makes several technical and clarifying changes to domestic partner laws, including removing the requirement for a collective bargaining agreement in order for state employees to be eligible for health benefits coverage for their domestic partners, and allowing a state retiree to appoint his or her domestic partner as beneficiary of an optional settlement elected after retirement in the same way a spouse may be appointed (CAPE’s Position – SUPPORT). Assembly Column A6: 5/16/02 – Passed the State Assembly, 42-28. Senate Column S7: 8/27/02 – Passed the State Senate, 24-12. Status: 9/30/02 – Vetoed by Governor Gray Davis.

[A7, S8] SB 1575 (Sher) – includes registered domestic partners in the exceptions to current law that invalidates a donative transfer to the person who drafted the instrument, or to a person who is related by blood, or marriage, or an employee of the drafter (CAPE’s Position – SUPPORT). Assembly Column A7: 8/19/02 – Passed the State Assembly, 41-31. Senate Column S8: 4/15/02 – Passed the State Senate, 22-10. Status: 9/6/02 – Signed by Governor Gray Davis. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Ch. 412, 2002 Statutes.

[A8, S9] SB 1661 (Kuehl) – establishes a family temporary disability insurance program to provide up to 6 weeks of wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off work to care for a seriously ill domestic partner, spouse, child, or parent, or to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child (CAPE’s Position – SUPPORT). Assembly Column A8: 8/27/02 – Passed the State Assembly, 46-31. Senate Column S9: 6/10/02 – Passed the State Senate, 22-15. Status: 9/25/02 – Signed by Governor Gray Davis. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Ch. 901, 2002 Statutes.

[A9, S10] SB 1945 (Kuehl) – extends the time for filing a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing alleging a hate crime in violation of the Ralph Civil Rights Act (CAPE’s Position – SUPPORT). Assembly Column A9: 8/19/02 – Passed the State Assembly, 43-29 Senate Column S10: 5/20/02 – Passed the State Senate, 21-12 Status: 9/11/02 – Signed by Governor Gray Davis. Chaptered by Secretary of State – Ch. 490, 2002 Statutes.

[S11] SCA 9 (Speier) – exempts co-owners of a primary residence from property tax reassessment if a transfer occurs due to the death of one of the co-owners and they have co-owned and continuously lived in the primary residence for three years (CAPE’s Position – SUPPORT). Senate Column S11: 5/30/02 – Passed the State Senate, 28-5 Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee

CAPE, the California Alliance for Pride & Equality, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots-based, statewide advocacy organization whose mission is to ensure the dignity, safety, equality and civil rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and all Californians. CAPE has over 200,000 donors, volunteers and supporters in California and is the largest and fastest growing statewide LGBT organization in the country. For more information, please visit our websites at http://www.calcape.org or http://www.raiseamillionvoices.org.

© 1999-2002 California Alliance for Pride & Equality (CAPE) Prepared by: Ilona Turner, Legislative Advocate

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