Consumer Group Awards Sen.Ted Lieu a Perfect Score
2013-12-05 · By Editor
For the third time in three weeks, state Sen. Ted W. Lieu of Torrance has been given a top score by a statewide California watchdog group for his votes on key legislation during the recently completed 2013 session of the Legislature.
“I am honored to be recognized for my efforts to serve the public,” Lieu said after the release Monday of CalPIRG’s annual scorecard, which followed his recent 100-percent rating by the California League of Conservation Voters and one of three lawmakers given the highest rating by the Sierra Club. “I look forward to doing more in the coming year.”
CalPIRG graded legislators for their votes on bills it supported to protect consumers, lower health care costs, foster participation in elections, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and make tax subsidies more transparent and accountable. Senators were scored on up to 19 votes, and members of the Assembly on up to 15 votes.
Bills that CalPIRG scored include:
- Senate Bill 2 by Lieu, which would require increased disclosure of the funders behind political campaigns, including requiring TV ads for statewide campaigns to include a “Stand By Your Ad” provision. SB 2 is pending.
- SB 639, which passed and establishes caps for deductibles and total out-of-pocket costs for all health insurance.
- Assembly Bill 370, which passed and requires an operator of a commercial internet website to disclose whether or not it honors “do not track” requests by consumer.
The year “2013 was particularly noteworthy for new health care consumer protections and a law to make economic development subsidies more transparent and accountable,” Garo Manjikian of CalPIRG said. “We applaud the legislators who scored 100 percent on our scorecard. But there is much more work to be done to protect consumers, get money out of politics and lower healthcare costs.”
To read the complete CalPIRG scorecard, go to: http://calpirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/CAP%202013%20leg%20scorecard%20draft3-1.pdf
The Sierra Club evaluated legislators’ environmental record based on 11 bills and their overall importance to environmental quality, the precedent they set for good or bad impacts, and their importance to fulfilling the Sierra Club’s mission to protect the planet. To view the Sierra Club’s ranking and bills, go to: http://www.sierraclubcalifornia.org.
To view CLCV’s complete ratings, including the environmental bills on which lawmakers voted, go to: http://www.ecovote.org/scorecard
Lieu had more than two dozen measures adopted or signed into law this year, including laws to improve public safety, protect consumers and help create middle-class careers. Read a detailed list HERE.
The son of immigrants who moved to the U.S., Lieu grew up helping his family run gift stores while attending school and later served as a JAG officer in the Air Force, where he remains in the active reserves with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Lieu is a graduate of Stanford and Georgetown University Law Center.
For more on Lieu, visit his Web site at the address below.
Ted W. Lieu chairs the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee and represents the more than 1.3 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Beverly Hills, Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Torrance, West Hollywood and the Palos Verdes Peninsula as well as portions of Long Beach and Los Angeles including, Beverly Glenn, Brentwood, Cheviot Hills, Harbor City, Hollywood Hills, Marina del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Playa del Rey, San Pedro, Venice, Westwood and Wilmington. For more, visit www.senate.ca.gov/lieu.