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Jim Frazier

Jim Frazier

Assemblymember — CA 11

Democrat Representing East Contra Costa, Solano

Assemblymember Jim Frazier has a destructive environmental voting record.

As chair of the Assembly Transportation committee since 2015 he has developed a reputation of consistently blocking or weakening transportation bills referred to his committee that are related to climate and equity. Specifically, Assemblymember Frazier has blocked or weakened legislation that would have accelerated the deployment of zero-emission vehicles, expanded access to free and reduced transit fare, and increased equity in transportation planning.

His voting record as chair of the Assembly Transportation committee and the letters that he has signed onto in 2020 supporting environmental rollbacks reflects his determination to put profits before people.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

Wrote his own letter as chair of Assembly Transportation Committee asking the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to suspend the development and implementation of all air quality regulations, and even urged CARB to consider delaying implementation of existing air quality regulations.

Signed onto a letter in support of efforts to postpone the adoption of all current and proposed regulations which provide critical air quality and climate protections by regulating emissions from diesel trucks, trains, and ships until 2021.

Signed onto a letter in support of postponing the adoption of the Vessels At-Berth rule which requires emission reductions from California ports by requiring ships to plug into electric power instead of idling diesel engines, a major source of pollution in communities near ports.

In 2018, opposed SB 64 which would have required the reporting of emissions associated with startups, shutdowns and cycling of electrical generating facilities.

In 2016, opposed SB 100, a landmark climate policy which created a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and a mandate of 60% renewable energy by 2030.

In 2016, opposed AB 197 the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, which included reforms that ensure the benefits of climate pollution reduction reach the communities most directly affected and give the Legislature greater oversight responsibility when implementing these climate policies.

In 2016, refused to support AB 1550 which requires at least 25 percent of funds from cap-and-trade auction proceeds go to projects directed to disadvantaged communities and at least an additional 10 percent for low-income households or communities.

In 2016, opposed SB 32 which continued California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, opposed AB 35 which required reporting and follow up on tests showing high lead levels in employees.

In 2019, refused to support AB 142 which provides ongoing funding for the cleanup of lead contamination caused by lead acid battery smelting facilities, in particular to help communities near the site of the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.

In 2019, opposed AB 1080, which outline a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution and the waste crisis by setting targets to achieve a 75% reduction of single-use packaging and products by 2030.

In 2018,opposed AB 2447 which would have created a meaningful process to notify the public of potential adverse health impacts for industrial projects.

In 2017, opposed AB 890 which would have closed a loophole which allows for developers of projects with significant environmental impacts to abuse the initiative process to avoid publicly disclosing or mitigating their environmental and public health impacts.

In 2017, refused to support SB 258 which required ingredient disclosure on both product labels and web sites for most kinds of cleaning products sold to consumers and businesses.

In 2016, opposed AB 1066 which provides the same overtime protections for farmworkers as other hourly employees in California.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

Opposed AB 345, an active bill, which will require regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities by establishing a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive places such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics.

Opposed AB 3214, an active bill, which will update fines, which have not been updated for inflation since the 1980s, for companies that knowingly do not take action that could have avoided an oil spill.

In 2019, refused to support SB 127 during its final floor vote, which would prioritize the inclusion of complete streets, which is safe and accessible infrastructure for people of all abilities who walk, bike, use public transit, when routine maintenance is done on state owned streets.

In 2019, opposed AB 1057 which increased the amount of financial security oil companies must provide to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for the cost of clean up for retired or abandoned oil and gas wells.

In 2019, refused to support AB 936 which required the state to be more prepared for non-floating oil spills, one of the dirtiest and most destructive heavy crudes, by requiring notifications so that communities know when non-floating oil is being transported through their city and can properly respond if a spill occurs.

In 2018, opposed AB 1775 and refused to support SB 834, two bills which protected California’s coast from offshore oil drilling by prohibiting new leases for new construction of oil drilling within state waters.

In 2018, opposed AB 3146 which would have required oil well operators to regularly test for emissions of harmful hydrocarbon air pollutants in wells close to homes, and required the state to similarly test hazardous or idle wells.

In 2016, opposed AB 1441 which would have prevented California utilities from collecting money from ratepayers for natural gas utilities leak, either accidentally or intentionally.

Water, Land & Parks

Opposed AB 3030, an active bill, that supports national and international conservation efforts by setting a state target of conserving 30 percent of land, waters, and ocean by 2030 (the 30 by 30 movement).

Opposed AB 2954, an active bill, which will establish an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2019, Opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

In 2018, opposed AB 1668, a drought adaptation policy that helps conserve water by mandating water utilities set and meet conservation targets. Additionally, the bill required agricultural water suppliers to plan for water efficiency and required the state to provide resources to small and rural water suppliers to plan for drought.

In 2018, opposed SB 606, drought adaptation policy helps conserve water by mandating water utility suppliers to set and meet conservation targets.

In 2017, opposed SB 252 which created greater transparency in water well permitting within critically overdrafted water basins by requiring applicants for a new well to notify their neighbors and allow for public comment and a hearing to take place.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1386 which made it state policy that protecting and managing natural and working lands is important to meeting California’s climate-change goals, and directed all relevant state agencies to consider this policy when conducting their work.

In 2016, opposed SB 1263 which gave the State Water Resources Control Board a stronger role in ensuring public water systems are not approved if they are unnecessary, ensuring that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water.

Campaign Finance

Asm. Jim Frazer has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.

Patrick O’Donnell

Patrick O'Donnell

Assemblymember — CA 70

Democrat Representing Long Beach

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell not only supported rollbacks and suspensions of important air quality and climate regulations but even led legislative sign-on letters to encourage other legislators to join him in supporting reckless environmental rollbacks.

The Port of Long Beach continues to be a major source of air pollution, but the positions Assemblymember O’Donnell has taken and the Legislation he has led seek to weaken air quality regulations and do not represent the urgent need to move quicker to provide clean and healthy air to residents and to address the climate crisis.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

Signed onto a letter in support of efforts to postpone the adoption of all current and proposed regulations which provide critical air quality and climate protections by regulating emissions from diesel trucks, trains, and ships until 2021.

Signed onto a letter in support of postponing the adoption of the Vessels At-Berth rule which requires emission reductions from California ports by requiring ships to plug into electric power instead of idling diesel engines, a major source of pollution in communities near ports.

In 2018, opposed SB 64 which would have required the reporting of emissions associated with startups, shutdowns and cycling of electrical generating facilities.

In 2016, refused to support AB 197 the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, which included reforms that ensure the benefits of climate pollution reduction reach the communities most directly affected and give the Legislature greater oversight responsibility when implementing these climate policies.

In 2016, refused to support SB 32 which continued California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, refused to support SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or weaken workplace safety laws and environmental laws.

In 2018, opposed AB 2447 which would have created a meaningful process to notify the public of potential adverse health impacts for industrial projects.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

Opposed AB 345, an active bill, which will require regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities by establishing a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive places such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics.

Refused to support AB 3214, an active bill which will update fines, which have not been updated for inflation since the 1980s, for companies that knowingly do not take action that could have avoided an oil spill.

In 2019, refused to support AB 1057 which increased the amount of financial security oil companies must provide to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for the cost of clean up for retired or abandoned oil and gas wells.

In 2018, refused to support AB 1775 and SB 834, two bills which protected California’s coast from offshore oil drilling by prohibiting new leases for new construction of oil drilling within state waters.

In 2018, opposed AB 3146 which would have required oil well operators to regularly test for emissions of harmful hydrocarbon air pollutants in wells close to homes, and requires the state to similarly test hazardous or idle wells.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1441 which would have prevented California utilities from collecting money from ratepayers for natural gas utilities leak, either accidentally or intentionally.

Water, Land & Parks

Refused to support AB 3030, an active bill, that supports national and international conservation efforts by setting a state target of conserving 30 percent of land, waters, and ocean by 2030 (the 30 by 30 movement).

Refused to support AB 2954, an active bill, which will establish an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2019, refused to support SB 200 which established the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund which will help the one million Californians who have toxic drinking water access clean and affordable drinking water.

In 2019, refused to support SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and workplace safety laws.

In 2019, opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1386 which made it state policy that protecting and managing natural and working lands is important to meeting California’s climate-change goals, and directed all relevant state agencies to consider this policy when conducting their work.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1263 which gave the State Water Resources Control Board a stronger role in ensuring public water systems are not approved if they are unnecessary, ensuring that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water.

Campaign Finance

Asm. Patrick O’Donnell has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.

Jim Cooper

Jim Cooper

Assemblymember — CA 9

Democrat Representing Elk Grove & Sacramento

Assemblymember Jim Cooper is one of the Assembly Democratic Caucus members with the worst environmental voting records.

In 2016, Assemblymember Cooper initially recorded a yes vote on SB 32, which extended California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act and set a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, but then bowed under pressure from special interests and changed his vote to instead oppose the bill. His voting record shows he puts the oil and gas industry ahead of his own constituents.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

In 2019, refused to support SB 210 which created a Smog Check program for diesel trucks, which emit toxic air pollutants, similar to current Smog Check requirements for passenger vehicles.

In 2018,opposed SB 64 which would have required the reporting of emissions associated with startups, shutdowns and cycling of electrical generating facilities.

In 2016, opposed SB 100, a landmark climate policy which created a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and a mandate of 60% renewable energy by 2030.

In 2016, opposed AB 197 the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, which included reforms that ensure the benefits of climate pollution reduction reach the communities most directly affected and give the Legislature greater oversight responsibility when implementing these climate policies.

In 2016, opposed SB 32 which continued California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

In 2015, opposed SB 185 which required California’s public pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to divest from holdings in coal as part of the state’s broader efforts to decarbonize the California economy and transition to clean, renewable energy resources.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, refused to support AB 35 to require reporting and follow up on tests showing high lead levels in employees.

In 2019, refused to support SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or weaken workplace safety laws and environmental laws.

In 2019, refused to support AB 1080 which outline a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution and the waste crisis by setting targets to achieve a 75% reduction of single-use packaging and products by 2030.

In 2018, refused to support AB 2447 which would have created a meaningful process to notify the public of potential adverse health impacts for industrial projects.

In 2017, refused to support AB 890 which would have closed a loophole which allows for developers of projects with significant environmental impacts to abuse the initiative process to avoid publicly disclosing or mitigating their environmental and public health impacts.

In 2017, refused to support SB 258 which required ingredient disclosure on both product labels and web sites for most kinds of cleaning products sold to consumers and businesses.

In 2016, opposed AB 1066 which provides the same overtime protections for farmworkers as other hourly employees in California.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1000 which required the development of an Environmental Justice element for future local General Plans, helping cities and counties to reduce pollution exposure as well as promote better food access, healthier homes, improved air quality, and physical activity in local communities.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

Opposed AB 345, an active bill, which will require regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities by establishing a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive places such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics.

Opposed AB 3214, an active bill which will update fines, which have not been updated for inflation since the 1980s, for companies that knowingly do not take action that could have avoided an oil spill.

In 2019, refused to support SB 127 which would have prioritized the inclusion of complete streets, which is safe and accessible infrastructure for people of all abilities who walk, bike, use public transit, when routine maintenance is done on state owned streets.

In 2019, refused to support AB 936 which required the state to be more prepared for non-floating oil spills, one of the dirtiest and most destructive heavy crudes, by requiring notifications so that communities know when non-floating oil is being transported through their city and can properly respond if a spill occurs.

In 2019, refused to support SB 551 which requires oil and gas operators to demonstrate to the state their ability to pay for the cleanup of oil and gas wells and production facilities. This allows the state to adequately assess the total cost of liabilities and avoid entering billions in liabilities without a plan.

In 2018, refused to support AB 1775 and SB 834, two bills which protected California’s coast from offshore oil drilling by prohibiting new leases for new construction of oil drilling within state waters.

In 2018, opposed AB 3146 which would have required oil well operators to regularly test for emissions of harmful hydrocarbon air pollutants in wells close to homes, and requires the state to similarly test hazardous or idle wells.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1441 which would have prevented California utilities from collecting money from ratepayers for natural gas utilities leak, either accidentally or intentionally.

Water, Land & Parks

Refused to support AB 3030, an active bill that supports national and international conservation efforts by setting a state target of conserving 30 percent of land, waters, and ocean by 2030 (the 30 by 30 movement).

Opposed AB 2954, an active bill, which will establish an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2019, refused to support SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and workplace safety laws.

In 2019, opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

In 2018, refused to support AB 1668, a drought adaptation policy that helps conserve water by mandating water utilities set and meet conservation targets. Additionally, the bill required agricultural water suppliers to plan for water efficiency and required the state to provide resources to small and rural water suppliers to plan for drought.

In 2018, refused to support SB 606, drought adaptation policy helps conserve water by mandating water utility suppliers to set and meet conservation targets.

In 2017, refused to support SB 252 which created greater transparency in water well permitting within critically overdrafted water basins by requiring applicants for a new well to notify their neighbors and allow for public comment and a hearing to take place.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1263 which gave the State Water Resources Control Board a stronger role in ensuring public water systems are not approved if they are unnecessary, ensuring that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water.

Campaign Finance

Asm. Jim Cooper has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.

Adam Gray

Adam Gray

Assemblymember — CA 21

Democrat Representing Merced & Stanislaus

Assemblymember Adam Gray has historically the worst environmental voting record out of all members of the Assembly Democratic Caucus.

The area Assemblymember Gray represents suffers from poor air quality and major groundwater pollution problems, yet his voting record betrays clean air, clean energy, clean transportation, and water conservation. Assemblymember Gray has made multiple attempts through legislation to undermine the California State Water Resources Control Board’s ability to implement policies and programs which protect drinking water quality and water resources which have been severely degraded by agricultural contamination and overuse.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

In 2019, opposed SB 210 which created a Smog Check program for diesel trucks, which emit toxic air pollutants, similar to current Smog Check requirements for passenger vehicles.

In 2018, opposed SB 64 which would have required the reporting of emissions associated with startups, shutdowns and cycling of electrical generating facilities.

In 2017, opposed AB 617 which increased requirements for stationary emitters, enhanced monitoring and reporting of toxic air pollutants, and increased penalty authority to hold polluters accountable for health and safety violations.

In 2016, opposed SB 100, a landmark climate policy which created a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and a mandate of 60% renewable energy by 2030.

In 2016, opposed AB 197 the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, which included reforms that ensure the benefits of climate pollution reduction reach the communities most directly affected and give the Legislature greater oversight responsibility when implementing these climate policies.

In 2016, opposed SB 32 which continued California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

In 2015, opposed SB 185 which required California’s public pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to divest from holdings in coal as part of the state’s broader efforts to decarbonize the California economy and transition to clean, renewable energy resources.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, opposed AB 35 to require reporting and follow up on tests showing high lead levels in employees.

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or weaken workplace safety laws and environmental laws.

In 2019, refused to support AB 142 which provides ongoing funding for the cleanup of lead contamination caused by lead acid battery smelting facilities, in particular to help communities near the site of the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.

In 2019, refused to support AB 1080, which outline a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution and the waste crisis by setting targets to achieve a 75% reduction of single-use packaging and products by 2030.

In 2018, opposed AB 2447 which would have created a meaningful process to notify the public of potential adverse health impacts for industrial projects.

In 2017, opposed AB 890 which would have closed a loophole which allows for developers of projects with significant environmental impacts to abuse the initiative process to avoid publicly disclosing or mitigating their environmental and public health impacts.

In 2017, refused to support SB 258 which required ingredient disclosure on both product labels and web sites for most kinds of cleaning products sold to consumers and businesses.

In 2016, opposed AB 1066 which provides the same overtime protections for farmworkers as other hourly employees in California.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

Opposed AB 345, an active bill, which will require regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities by establishing a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive places such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics.

Opposed AB 3214, an active bill which will update fines, which have not been updated for inflation since the 1980s, for companies that knowingly do not take action that could have avoided an oil spill.

In 2019, refused to support AB 1057 which increased the amount of financial security oil companies must provide to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for the cost of clean up for retired or abandoned oil and gas wells.

In 2019, opposed AB 342 which prohibits the state from entering into any new lease authorizing new construction of oil and natural gas related infrastructure on federally protected public lands.

In 2019, refused to support SB 551 which requires oil and gas operators to demonstrate to the state their ability to pay for the cleanup of oil and gas wells and production facilities. This allows the state to adequately assess the total cost of liabilities and avoid entering billions in liabilities without a plan.

In 2018, opposed AB 1775 and SB 834, two bills which protected California’s coast from offshore oil drilling by prohibiting new leases for new construction of oil drilling within state waters.

In 2018, opposed AB 3146 which would have required oil well operators to regularly test for emissions of harmful hydrocarbon air pollutants in wells close to homes, and requires the state to similarly test hazardous or idle wells.

In 2016, opposed SB 1441 which would have prevented California utilities from collecting money from ratepayers for natural gas utilities leak, either accidentally or intentionally.

Water, Land & Parks

Authored AB 313 in 2017, an eleventh hour jail break, which would have undermined the State Water Resources Control Board’s enforcement of water rights that protect the environment. The bill was ultimately vetoed by Governor Brown.

Refused to support AB 3030, an active bill, that supports national and international conservation efforts by setting a state target of conserving 30 percent of land, waters, and ocean by 2030 (the 30 by 30 movement).

Opposed AB 2954, an active bill, which will establish an overall climate goal for the state’s natural and working lands to sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and workplace safety laws.

In 2019, opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

In 2018, refused to support AB 1668, a drought adaptation policy that helps conserve water by mandating water utilities set and meet conservation targets. Additionally, the bill required agricultural water suppliers to plan for water efficiency and required the state to provide resources to small and rural water suppliers to plan for drought.

In 2018, refused to support SB 606, drought adaptation policy helps conserve water by mandating water utility suppliers to set and meet conservation targets.

In 2017, opposed SB 252 which created greater transparency in water well permitting within critically overdrafted water basins by requiring applicants for a new well to notify their neighbors and allow for public comment and a hearing to take place.

In 2016, refused to support SB 1386 which made it state policy that protecting and managing natural and working lands is important to meeting California’s climate-change goals, and directed all relevant state agencies to consider this policy when conducting their work.

Campaign Finance

Asm. Adam Gray has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.

Andreas Borgeas

Andreas Borgeas

State Senator — CA 8

Republican Representing Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Sacramento, Stanislaus, Tulare, & Tuolumne Counties

Senator Andreas Borgeas is on his way to becoming one of the most anti-environment California Senators.

In only his first year in office he managed to consistently vote against the environment, against polluter accountability, and against environmental health protections. Senator Borgeas also authored an extremely harmful anti-environment bill in 2019 which would have created a chilling effect on public participation in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, which is the law that requires the public disclosure of environmental impacts of a project and holds polluters accountable for their actions.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

In 2019, opposed SB 210 which created a Smog Check program for diesel trucks, which emit toxic air pollutants, similar to current Smog Check requirements for passenger vehicles.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, opposed AB 35 to require reporting and follow up on tests showing high lead levels in employees.

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or weaken workplace safety laws and environmental laws.

In 2019, opposed AB 142 which provides ongoing funding for the cleanup of lead contamination caused by lead acid battery smelting facilities, in particular to help communities near the site of the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.

In 2019 supported SB 25, which would reduce environmental review and restrict public participation under the California Environmental Quality Act for projects even just partially funded by opportunity zone funds, which could include industrial or commercial developments in low-income communities.

In 2019, opposed SB 54, which outlines a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution and the waste crisis by setting targets to achieve a 75% reduction of single-use packaging and products by 2030.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

In 2019, opposed SB 127 which would have prioritized the inclusion of complete streets, which is safe and accessible infrastructure for people of all abilities who walk, bike, use public transit, when routine maintenance is done on state owned streets.

In 2019, opposed AB 936 which required the state to be more prepared for non-floating oil spills, one of the dirtiest and most destructive heavy crudes, by requiring notifications so that communities know when non-floating oil is being transported through their city and can properly respond if a spill occurs.

In 2019, opposed AB 342 which prohibits the state from entering into any new lease authorizing new construction of oil and natural gas related infrastructure on federally protected public lands.

In 2019, opposed SB 551 which requires oil and gas operators to demonstrate to the state their ability to pay for the cleanup of oil and gas wells and production facilities. This allows the state to adequately assess the total cost of liabilities and avoid entering billions in liabilities without a plan.

Water, Land & Parks

In 2019, refused to support SB 200 which established the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund which will help the one million Californians who have toxic drinking water access clean and affordable drinking water.

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and workplace safety laws.

In 2019, opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

Campaign Finance

Sen. Andreas Borgeas has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.

John Moorlach

John Moorlach

State Senator — CA 37

Republican Representing Orange County

Senator John Moorlach is a climate change denier with one of the worst environmental voting records in the entire California Senate.

During his time in office, Senator Moorlach has made alarming statements questioning human-caused climate change. He even wrote his own report criticizing California’s climate policies and claiming that the jury is still out on whether human activity has an impact on the global climate. His denial of human caused climate change translates to his anti-environment voting record that prioritizes corporations over climate action, clean water, environmental justice, wildlife protection, and waste reduction.

Air Quality & Climate Protection

In 2019, opposed SB 210 which created a Smog Check program for diesel trucks, which emit toxic air pollutants, similar to current Smog Check requirements for passenger vehicles.

In 2017, opposed AB 617 which increased requirements for stationary emitters, enhanced monitoring and reporting of toxic air pollutants, and increased penalty authority to hold polluters accountable for health and safety violations.

In 2016, opposed SB 100, a landmark climate policy which created a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045 and a mandate of 60% renewable energy by 2030.

In 2016, opposed AB 197 the Climate Equity and Transparency Act, which included reforms that ensure the benefits of climate pollution reduction reach the communities most directly affected and give the Legislature greater oversight responsibility when implementing these climate policies.

In 2016, opposed AB 1550 which requires at least 25 percent of funds from cap-and-trade auction proceeds go to projects directed to disadvantaged communities and at least an additional 10 percent for low-income households or communities.

In 2016, opposed SB 32 which continued California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting a new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

In 2015, opposed SB 185 which required California’s public pension funds, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS), to divest from holdings in coal as part of the state’s broader efforts to decarbonize the California economy and transition to clean, renewable energy resources.

In 2015, opposed AB 1288 which expanded the California Air Resources Board (ARB) by adding two seats for people who work with low-income communities and communities of color, with the goal of adding an environmental justice perspective.

Health & Environmental Protections

In 2019, opposed AB 35 to require reporting and follow up on tests showing high lead levels in employees.

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or weaken workplace safety laws and environmental laws.

In 2019, refused to support AB 142 which provides ongoing funding for the cleanup of lead contamination caused by lead acid battery smelting facilities, in particular to help communities near the site of the former Exide battery plant in Los Angeles County.

In 2019, supported SB 25 which would reduce environmental review and restrict public participation under the California Environmental Quality Act for projects even just partially funded by opportunity zone funds, which could include industrial or commercial developments in low-income communities.

In 2019, opposed SB 54, which outlines a comprehensive plan to address plastic pollution and the waste crisis by setting targets to achieve a 75% reduction of single-use packaging and products by 2030.

In 2018, opposed AB 2447 which would have created a meaningful process to notify the public of potential adverse health impacts for industrial projects.

In 2017, opposed AB 890 which would have closed a loophole which allows for developers of projects with significant environmental impacts to abuse the initiative process to avoid publicly disclosing or mitigating their environmental and public health impacts.

In 2017, opposed SB 258 which required ingredient disclosure on both product labels and web sites for most kinds of cleaning products sold to consumers and businesses.

In 2016, opposed AB 1066 which provides the same overtime protections for farmworkers as other hourly employees in California.

In 2016, opposed SB 1000 which required the development of an Environmental Justice element for future local General Plans, helping cities and counties to reduce pollution exposure as well as promote better food access, healthier homes, improved air quality, and physical activity in local communities.

Oil, Gas & Transportation

In 2019, opposed SB 127 which would have prioritized the inclusion of complete streets, which is safe and accessible infrastructure for people of all abilities who walk, bike, use public transit, when routine maintenance is done on state owned streets.

In 2019, refused to support AB 1057 which increased the amount of financial security oil companies must provide to ensure that taxpayers are not on the hook for the cost of clean up for retired or abandoned oil and gas wells.

In 2019, refused to support AB 936 which required the state to be more prepared for non-floating oil spills, one of the dirtiest and most destructive heavy crudes, by requiring notifications so that communities know when non-floating oil is being transported through their city and can properly respond if a spill occurs.

In 2019, refused to support AB 342 which prohibits the state from entering into any new lease authorizing new construction of oil and natural gas related infrastructure on federally protected public lands.

In 2019, opposed SB 551 which requires oil and gas operators to demonstrate to the state their ability to pay for the cleanup of oil and gas wells and production facilities. This allows the state to adequately assess the total cost of liabilities and avoid entering billions in liabilities without a plan.

In 2018, refused to support AB 1775 and SB 834, two bills which protected California’s coast from offshore oil drilling by prohibiting new leases for new construction of oil drilling within state waters.

In 2016, opposed SB 1441 which would have prevented California utilities from collecting money from ratepayers for natural gas utilities leak, either accidentally or intentionally.

Water, Land & Parks

In 2019, opposed SB 1 which would have defended California from the Trump Administration’s attempts to rollback or environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and workplace safety laws.

In 2019, opposed SB 307 which restored science-based decision-making to stop an environmentally disastrous project, the Cadiz Water Project, which would have pumped 16 billion gallons of water a year from a fragile desert aquifer in the Mojave desert.

In 2018, opposed AB 1668, a drought adaptation policy that helps conserve water by mandating water utilities set and meet conservation targets. Additionally, the bill required agricultural water suppliers to plan for water efficiency and required the state to provide resources to small and rural water suppliers to plan for drought.

In 2018, opposed SB 606, drought adaptation policy helps conserve water by mandating water utility suppliers to set and meet conservation targets.

In 2017, opposed SB 252 which created greater transparency in water well permitting within critically overdrafted water basins by requiring applicants for a new well to notify their neighbors and allow for public comment and a hearing to take place.

In 2016, opposed SB 1386 which made it state policy that protecting and managing natural and working lands is important to meeting California’s climate-change goals, and directed all relevant state agencies to consider this policy when conducting their work.

In 2016, opposed SB 1263 which gave the State Water Resources Control Board a stronger role in ensuring public water systems are not approved if they are unnecessary, ensuring that small, public water agencies are able to provide long-term delivery of safe, clean drinking water.

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Sen. John Moorlach has accepted oil industry contributions and consistently sides with the oil industry when voting.