Consumer Federation of California Issues 2009 Interim Scorecard

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(CA) CFC’s 2009 Interim Consumer Scorecard provides a snapshot of state lawmakers’ votes on several key consumer protection bills. The scorecard includes votes cast before the legislature adjourned for the summer recess.

Senate Democrats with perfect pro-consumer scores were Mark DeSaulnier, Christine Kehoe, Mark Leno, Carol Liu, Alan Lowenthal, Fran Pavley, Darrell Steinberg, Pat Wiggins and Lois Wolk.

The worst consumer voting records among Democrats were Assembly member Alyson Huber who voted against consumers on five of six votes cast, and Senator Ron Calderon, who voted against consumers on five out of eight votes cast.

The best consumer scores among Republicans were Senator Sam Aanestad who voted with consumers on six out of nine votes cast, and Senator Abel Maldonado, who voted with consumers on five out of eight votes cast.

The scorecard includes bills on which the CFC had taken a position prior to the rated vote. It grades lawmakers on votes that they cast as well as non-votes. When a lawmaker did not have an excused absence on the date the vote was cast, and chose not to cast a vote, the lawmaker’s decision not to vote is scored based on its effect on the outcome of the bill.

After the legislature adjourns for the year, CFC will issue a final 2009 Scorecard, which will also include votes on additional bills that are not included in this interim scorecard. It may substitute floor votes for certain committee votes included in this interim scorecard in the event that a bill moves to the floor in the next month.