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2016 State Assembly Legislative Scorecard

Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California advocates on a number of legislative and regulatory issues that impact reproductive health, women’s health and rights, sexual health education, and access to affordable and quality health care. The PPAC Legislative Scorecard is designed to provide the public with information about how their state legislators voted on bills on these important issues. Below are the bills that represented PPAC’s highest priorities in 2016 and the scores for each legislator based on their votes.

Office Holder



Katcho Achadjian (R) 35 67%
Luis Alejo (D) 30 100%
Travis Allen (R) 72 67%
Joaquin Arambula (D) 31 100%
Toni G. Atkins (D) 78 100%
Catharine Baker (R) 16 100%
Frank Bigelow (R) 5 33%
Richard H. Bloom (D) 50 100%
Susan Bonilla (D) 14 100%
Rob Bonta (D) 18 100%
William P. Brough (R) 73 40%
Cheryl Brown (D) 47 100%
Autumn R. Burke (D) 62 100%
Ian C. Calderon (D) 57 100%
Nora Campos (D) 27 100%
Ling-Ling Chang (R) 55 33%
Ed Chau (D) 49 100%
Rocky Chávez (R) 76 75%
David S. Chiu (D) 17 100%
Kansen Chu (D) 25 100%
Ken Cooley (D) 8 67%
Jim Cooper (D) 9 100%
Matthew M. Dababneh (D) 45 100%
Brian Dahle (R) 1 25%
Tom F. Daly (D) 69 100%
Bill Dodd (D) 4 100%
Susan Talamantes Eggman (D) 13 100%
Jim L. Frazier Jr. (D) 11 100%
Beth Gaines (R) 6 33%
James M. Gallagher (R) 3 0%
Cristina Garcia (D) 58 100%
Eduardo Garcia (D) 56 100%
Mike Gatto (D) 43 100%
Mike A. Gipson (D) 64 100%
Jimmy Gomez (D) 51 100%
Lorena Gonzalez (D) 80 100%
Richard S. Gordon (D) 24 100%
Adam Gray (D) 21 100%
Shannon L. Grove (R) 34 33%
David Hadley (R) 66 67%
Matthew Harper (R) 74 33%
Roger Hernández (D) 48 100%
Chris Holden (D) 41 100%
Jacqui V. Irwin (D) 44 100%
Brian W. Jones (R) 71 29%
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer (D) 59 100%
Young O. Kim (R) 65 67%
Tom W. Lackey (R) 36 38%
Marc B. Levine (D) 10 100%
Eric F. Linder (R) 60 67%
Patty Lopez (D) 39 100%
Evan Low (D) 28 100%
Brian Maienschein (R) 77 43%
Devon J. Mathis (R) 26 33%
Chad J. Mayes (R) 42 67%
Kevin McCarty (D) 7 100%
Jose Medina (D) 61 100%
Melissa Melendez (R) 67 25%
Kevin Mullin (D) 22 100%
Adrin Nazarian (D) 46 100%
Jay P. Obernolte (R) 33 33%
Patrick O'Donnell (D) 70 100%
Kristin M. Olsen (R) 12 43%
Jim Patterson (R) 23 25%
Bill Quirk (D) 20 100%
Anthony Rendon (D) 63 100%
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D) 54 100%
Freddie Rodriguez (D) 52 100%
Rudy Salas Jr. (D) 32 100%
Miguel Santiago (D) 53 100%
Marc Steinorth (R) 40 29%
Mark Stone (D) 29 100%
Tony Thurmond (D) 15 100%
Philip Y. Ting (D) 19 100%
Donald P. Wagner (R) 68 57%
Marie Waldron (R) 75 43%
Shirley N. Weber (D) 79 100%
Scott T. Wilk (R) 38 67%
Das G. Williams (D) 37 100%
Jim Wood (D) 2 100%

Description of Scored Legislation

Sexual Education Course Materials – OPPOSE
AB 517 (Gallagher): This bill would have expanded unnecessarily the existing practice of notifying parents about sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education.
Status: Successfully Defeated

Tampon Tax– SUPPORT
AB 1561 (C. Garcia): AB 1561 would have exempted from sales and use taxes the gross receipts from the sale in this state of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, sanitary napkins and tampons.
Status: Failed Passage

Confidential Communications – SUPPORT, Sponsored by PPAC
AB 1671 (Gomez): This bill amends California’s Penal Code which currently prohibits taping confidential communications without both parties’ consent, to also prohibit the use or disclosure of illegally taped conversations of health care providers.  The bill makes clear that penalties are $2500 per violation, per use or disclosure.  The bill further clarifies that a person who brings a civil cause of action can recover damages of $5,000 per violation.
Status: Signed into Law

Abortion Coverage – OPPOSE
AB 2081 (Grove): This bill would have removed requirement in existing law that health plans must provide abortion services as a covered benefit.
Status: Successfully Defeated

Abortion Pill Reversal – OPPOSE
AB 2134 (Waldron): This bill would have established required certain licensed health facilities that provide abortion services, to post a public notice advising clients that it may be possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill.
Status: Successfully Defeated

Pregnancy Center Notice – OPPOSE
AB 2775 (Gallagher): This bill would have required facilities that offer abortion services to provide to patients contact information for pregnancy centers and the services they provide women.
Status: Successfully Defeated

Streamlining Clinic Billing & Reimbursements in Medi-Cal – SUPPORT, Sponsored by PPAC
SB 447 (Allen): This bill would have streamlined the complex formula that community clinics must follow to bill for services and get reimbursed by the Medi-Cal program for drugs and miscellaneous supplies dispensed on site.
Status: Failed Passage

Telehealth – SUPPORT, Sponsored by PPAC
SB 960 (Hernandez): SB 960 would have expanded access to reproductive health care services by requiring Medi-Cal reimbursement for those services delivered through telehealth. The bill would also have required telephonic and electronic patient management services to be covered by the Medi-Cal program.
Status: Failed Passage

12-Month Supply of Birth Control – SUPPORT, Co-sponsored by PPAC
SB 999 (Pavley): This bill requires all private health care service plans and health insurers to cover up to 12-months of FDA Approved, self-administered hormonal contraceptives (including oral contraceptives, transdermal patches, and vaginal rings) dispensed at one time.  The legislation would also require Medi-Cal Managed Care plans to cover a 12-month supply of all forms of prescribed contraceptives (such as the patch and ring).
Status: Signed into Law

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