STOCKTON — Two San Joaquin County legislators received high marks in a report that ranked state lawmakers based on how their votes have either helped or hurt children.
Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton, and Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Stockton, were featured as supporting bills geared toward kids, according to the report titled “2017 California Legislative Scorecard,” published by Common Sense Kids Action.
The study is the first such report made by Common Sense, a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, highlighting 117 assembly and senate legislators based on a percentage scale. Thirty-seven California legislators got perfect scores for supporting every “for kids” bill and opposing every bill that would harm or is “against kids,” according to the report.
Eggman, who has championed to bring a CSU campus to Stockton and led the state effort to establish the National Guard Discovery Challenge Academy in French Camp, was given an 84 percent rank.
Galgiani scored a 97 percent and in a statement noted the positive recognition.
“I’ve consistently supported efforts to make sure our children have a healthier environment, access to preschool and other opportunities to succeed,” Galgiani said.
Eggman and Galgiani voted in support of four particularly key bills for kids:
• AB340: Expanding infant and child early-screening program to identify children who are victims of trauma to provide them with the mental health care services.
• SB54: Limits the use of state and local resources for federal immigration enforcement, ensuring that every child, no matter of immigration status, feels safe when walking to school, visiting their doctor or asking for help from law enforcement without fear.
• SB63: Helps families by guaranteeing 12 weeks of job-protected maternity and paternity leave for almost all California employees.
• SB250: Bans practices that shame students with school meal debt.
On the other end, Assemblyman Heath Flora, R-Ripon, scored a 53 percent and is one of 27 legislators to score below 60 percent.
Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach was given the lowest score in the report at 33 percent on the scorecard.
The ratings are factored on votes made in the 2017 legislative session. Common Sense Kids Action divided the votes into four categories: “Early Life,” “Family Life,” “School Life” and “Digital Life.” Twenty-five “for kids” bills were signed into law, according to the report.
The scorecard was launched this year to as a way for the public to know which lawmakers use their votes to help kids, and which don’t, the organization said.
“While there is a lot of work to be done, it is clear that kids and parents are finding their voice at the California capitol,” Common Sense Media CEO James P. Steyer said in a statement.
“To the legislators who supported kids and families, we say, ‘thank you.’ … To the Travis Allen’s of the world, who vote against kids a vast majority of the time, we vow to let parents and families know your track record. Our kids deserve your support.”
By Nicholas Filipas
Record Staff Writer