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ACU Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 meeting of the California State Legislature

February 9, 2017

WASHINGTON DC – The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACU) released its 2016 ratings of the California State Legislature.  In our fifth year of rating the state, ACU found that Republican legislators tended to vote less conservatively compared to last year, with the overall Republican average decreased by 11 points– from 94.5 out of 100 in 2015, to 83.5 out of 100 in 2016.

“This year’s scorecard reveals not only a clear divide among Republicans and Democrats, but shows exactly who is most willing to stand up for the conservative principles of life, liberty and property,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp.  “The fight for limited government is never an easy task, especially in California, but conservatives can count on this year’s class of award winners to stand up to the left’s ever-growing radical agenda.”

Some of the issues that caused the greatest divide amongst Republicans in 2016 included welfare expansion, occupational licensing, price controls and property rights.  However, Republicans stood strongly together in opposing the $15 minimum wage hike and greater unemployment compensation, as well as defended the 2nd Amendment and voting integrity, even though most of these policies ultimately became law.

A detailed scorecard has been produced for all 50 state legislative bodies across the full spectrum of conservative issues, with scores for over 7,400 individual legislators.  ACU is the only organization in the nation to do this.  Like our Congressional ratings that have been published for 45 consecutive years, ACU’s state ratings reflect how elected officials view the role of government in an individual’s life.  California legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution.

New in this year’s ratings are references to how legislation impacts families based on the ACU Foundation’s new Family Prosperity Index.  Also highlighted are issues ACU Foundation’s policy centers and Senior Fellows focus on.

To view our California ratings guide, visit http://acuratings.conservative.org/state-ratings-2016/ and click on California.

ACU researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to conservative principles, whether they be economic, social, cultural, or government integrity.  Legislators who score above 80% in each state receive awards for their commitment to conservative principles.  As President Ronald Reagan stated, “The person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.”

The following Assembly members and Senators will receive a 2016 ACU Ratings Award:

Assembly: ALLEN, BIGELOW, BROUGH, GAINES, GALLAGHER, GROVE, HARPER, MATHIS, MELENDEZ, OBERNOLTE, PATTERSON, STEINORTH, WAGNER, and WALDRON

Senators: ANDERSON, BATES, BERRYHILL, FULLER, GAINES, HUFF, MOORLACH, MORRELL, NGUYEN, NIELSEN, STONE, and VIDAK

For more information contact Amanda Bunning at (202) 347-9388 or by email at abunning@conservative.org.

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