Legwatch 2013-14

 

Joel Anderson Senate District 38, Republican


  

Joel Anderson

Term limit: 2018

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Capitol office
Room5052
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4038
Fax: (916) 651-4938

Committees:
Senate Floor

District voter registration
Democrat: 28%
Republican: 47%
Other: 25%

District makeup
A coastal district including the southwestern Orange County cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano; northern San Diego communities of Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Oceanside, San Marcos, Solana Beach, 41,000 voters in the city of San Diego; and the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.

Source: California Target Book

  


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Bio

 
Joel Anderson biography:
On the day that Assemblyman Anderson was sworn in as a member of the legislature, he promised his supporters "I am not going to Sacramento to be a potted plant." Few could argue that he hasn't kept his word.

In his first year, Joel authored AB 221 - a landmark piece of legislation which divested the California Public Employees' Retirement System and the California State Teachers' Retirement System from companies that were violating federal law by doing business in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The bill called for the divestment of over $24 billion dollars of our public pensions from the Islamic Republic of Iran - the top exporter of terrorism throughout the world. The bill sparked a national movement which led 28 other states and the United States Congress to introduce similar laws. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced to the world that he would sign AB 221 on the floor of the United Nations during his speech to the General Assembly.

AB 221 garnered national and international media coverage in over 300 articles in 13 countries. Media coverage included Time Magazine, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fox News' "Your World with Neil Cavuto," BBC, Bloomberg, The National Review, Le Monde (France), and The Jerusalem Post (Israel).

Assemblyman Anderson also appeared on "The Glenn Beck Show," where the show's celebrated conservative host said "(AB 221) sends a strong message that we as a country will not tolerate anyone assisting or profiting off a country that is actively plotting our deaths... I wish there were more people like you. Thank you, sir, for getting it."

Multiple organizations recognized Assemblyman Anderson for his work on AB 221 including the Jewish Public Affairs Committee (JPAC) who called him "An Advocate and a Friend of Israel," and Christians United for Israel who awarded Joel with the "Watchman on the Wall" Award. Additionally, Joel was presented with the 2007 American Freedom Fighter Award by the Marze Por Gohar Party, an Iranian-American political party committed to a democratic and secular republic in Iran.

2007 was a successful year for Joel on several other fronts. He authored legislation designed to our roads safe by making the Regional Transportation Management Center a 24/7 operation.* In recognition of the sacrifice that the men and women of our military have made in the protection of our freedoms, Joel passed AB 257 into law, which granted free state park passes to disabled veterans and recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Joel was also recognized with the 2007 "San Diego Psychiatric Society Legislative Award" for his "interest in, sensitivity to, and knowledge of mental health issues."

Joel's success in 2007 led national talk radio host, Roger Hedgecock, to call Joel, "the greatest freshman Assemblyman from San Diego ever."

As 2008 began, the fight to protect marriage in the Golden State took center-stage. Joel's participation in the historic effort to define marriage as between one man and one woman in California earned him ProtectMarriage.com's "California Protector of Marriage Award." Additionally, the pro-family Capitol Resource Institute recognized Joel with the "Friend of the Family" Award.

2008 also saw the legislature act decisively to curb the rampant crime of metal theft. For his pivotal efforts to pass meaningful legislation to stop this crime that was spreading across California, and for his efforts to promote public safety, Joel was awarded the "California State Sheriffs Association Legislator of the Year" and the "San Diego Deputy District Attorney's Legislator of the Year Award."

Joel's reach was felt on a wide array of different issues and in 2008, several other organizations recognized Joel for his key role as a watchdog on their issues. For his efforts to protect the Second Amendment, he was named the "2008 California Rifle & Pistol Association Legislator of the Year." Joel also fought hard as an advocate for keeping public lands open for public use during his first term which earned him the "2008 California League of Off-Road Voters Legislator of the Year Award."

Joel was also recognized as a "2008 American Electronics Association Technology Leader," and the "California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists' Legislator of the Year." Finally, as one of their most successful alums in recent memory, Joel was awarded the "2008 Young Republican Federation of California's Legislator of the Year Award" for his tremendous record of success during his first term in the legislature.

In 2009, Joel focused on fixing the state's economy and bringing jobs back to California. Many California businesses began leaving as the state began issuing IOUs. Joel responded by authoring AB 1506, which protects taxpayers from the state's "forced-borrowing" by requiring the state to accept its own IOUs for payment of state taxes and fees.

AB 1506 has 74 bi-partisan co-authors and received over 1,600 letters of support from people of all walks of life including taxpayers, labor unions, small businesses, elected officials and California State Controller John Chiang. (To learn more vist: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/77/?p=video).

Joel's efforts to protect small business and taxpayers earned him the "2009 Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Legislator of the Year Award" and the "2009 Pacific Water Quality Association's Legislator of the Year Award."

While Joel's accomplishments are many, the most important role in Joel's life is that of being a husband to his wife of 22 years, Kate, and a father to his three children, Mary, Maura, and Michael.

*After working closely with Assemblyman Anderson's office, the California Department of Transportation made the administrative decision to allocate the resources necessary to make the San Diego TMC a 24/7 operation. Therefore, the bill (AB4) did not require the Governor's signature.

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Manufacturers' legislative scorecard
Anderson's :
2011-12: 88% (21-3) 2009-10: 91% (10-1) 2007-08: 88% (29-4)OVERALL: 88% (60-8)
  VOTE  Indicates vote for manufacturers' interests or an Abstain vote
Anderson's
votes
2013 votes
AB 10 - Minimum wage
NO
AB 1165 - Cal OSHA abatement
NO
AB 12 - Regulatory reform / implementation
YES
AB 327 - Net Energy metering and RPS YES
AB 93 / SB 90 - Sales tax exemption
YES
SB 118 - workforce development NO
SB 54 - Risk management / labor union apprenticeship work
NO
2012 votes
AB 1062 - Public social services
NO
AB 1500 - Corporation taxes: apportionment: single sales factor: Middle Class Scholarship Fund
NO
AB 1990 - Renewable energy resources: renewable feed-in tariff set aside for most impacted and disadvantaged communities
NO
AB 2439 - Corporation taxes: disclosure
NO
SB 1118 - Solid waste: used mattresses: recycling and recovery
NO
SB 1161 - Communications: Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol enabled communications service
YES
SB 1402 - Economic development: California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program
YES
SB 1458 - School Accountability: Academic Performance Index NO
SB 1458 - School Accountability: Academic Performance Index NO
SB 535 - California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
NO
SB 568 - Polystyrene Food Containers
NO
SB 863 - Workers' compensation
YES
SB 965 - State and local government
YES
2011 votes
AB 1062 - Arbitration: appeals
NO
AB 559 - Civil actions: costs
NO
AB 1155 - Workers’ compensation.
NO
SB 202 - Elections: ballot measures
NO
SB 116 - Income taxes: exclusions: deductions: sales
NO
AB 724 - Clean Energy Jobs and Investment Act
NO
SB 508 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative time period
NO
AB 1319 - Product safety: bisphenol A
NO
SB 547 - Public school performance accountability NO
SBX1 2 - Energy: renewable energy resources
NO
SB 617 - State government: financial and administrative accountability
YES
2010 votes
AB 1405 - AB 32 Community Benefits Fund
NO
AB 2446 - Graduation requirements
YES
AB 737 - Solid waste: diversion
NO
SB 722 - Utilities: renewable energy resources.
NO
AB 2738 - Regulations: agency statement of reasons
YES
AB 569 - Meal periods: exemption YES
SB 657 - Anti-Human Trafficking Corporate Policy Mandate
NO
AB 2666 - Corporation taxes: Franchise Tax Board: tax expenditures: Reporting Transparency in Government Internet Web site.
NO
SB 1391 - Income taxes: business tax incentives: reporting information and recapture
NO
SB 1272 - Income and corporation taxes: credits: information and operative limitations
NO
AB 1998 - Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
NO
2008 votes
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement
NO
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement
NO
AB 1946 - Water Quality Enforcement
NO
AB 2279 - Medical Marijuana   Employment Discrimination
NO
AB 2386 - Agricultural Employee Card Check
NO
AB 2547 - Oil Spill Prevention and Response
NO
AB 2648 - CTE NO
AB 2855 - CTE, Partnership Academies, Green Tech & Goods Movement NO
AB 2944 - Corporate Director's Duties
NO
AB 2947 - Anti-Arbitration   Elder Abuse
NO
AB 2969 - Medical Treatment Utilization Reviews
NO
AB 437 - Employer Liability Expansion
NO
SB 1113 - Attorneys Fees & Costs
NO
SB 1115 - Permanent Disability Reports   Apportionment
NO
SB 1161 - Cleanup of Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks NO
SB 1313 - Product Safety   Perfluorochemicals
NO
SB 1338 - Pre-Designation of Physician
NO
SB 1338 - Pre-Designation of Physician
NO
SB 1608 - Disabled Persons: Equal Access Rights NO
SB 1717 - Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
NO
SB 1762 - Climate Change Institute
NO
SB 375 - Regional Planning
NO
SB 974 - Port Container Fees
NO
2007 votes
AB 1045 - Working Conditions
NO
AB 1673 - Manufacturer's Rebates   Mandate
NO
AB 8 - Health Care Coverage
NO
SB 936 - Permanent Disability Schedule
NO
SB 836 - Fair Employment   Familial Status
NO
SB 836 - Fair Employment   Familial Status
NO
SB 727 - Family Leave   Grandparents, Siblings and Grandchildren
NO
AB 1108 - Phthalates in Children's Products
NO
AB 537 - Family and Medical Leave
NO
AB 1618 - Corporate Interest Expense Deduction
NO
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CMTA grassroots bills authored by Anderson
FTB Notice of Proposed Deficiency   Postmark
AB 1360
CMTA position:Support