Transparent and Accountable Government
Making Legislators Follow Same Rules as Everyone Else:
Believing that Legislators should have the same healthcare as ordinary Californians, Scott authored AB 1109 (2015) that required Legislators to enroll in Covered California. It was killed in the Assembly Rules Committee by a 3-7 party line vote.
Scott continues to push legislation to hold state agencies to the same open meetings act requirements as Sacramento compels of local government. He’s authored the following legislation AB 2058 (2013), AB 85 (2015) and SB 53 (2019) to address the issue.
Scott passed AB 2551 (2014) which requires local bond measures to fully inform voters of the total cost of the bond, including principal and interest, as opposed to just the applicable tax rate.
Scott supports broader disclosure requirements for campaigns, so voters know who is really paying for political ads. Scott was a leader and supporter of AB 700 and AB 249 (the California Disclosure Act) which requires PACs supporting or opposing candidates to display the names of their top 3 true funders.
Scott’s leadership on campaign reform has resulted in California Common Cause honoring him with the "We the People" Award in 2017 and in 2019 he received the “Clean Money Champion Award” from the California Clean Money Campaign.
Bringing More Good Paying Jobs to the District
California is the 5th largest economy in the world thanks to hard working Californians, not because of Sacramento anti-business policies. Despite the anti-business sentiment in the State Capitol, Scott has been successful in passing pro-job legislation.
Antelope Valley is called “Aerospace Valley” due to its rich history of developing and building vehicles for space travel and defense. But the fact is defense sub-contractors are spread across the district and aerospace is one of the economic anchors of the region.
In 2015, Scott was co-author of SB 718 which created the aerospace tax credit that encouraged Northrup Grumman to build the Long Range Strike Bomber, $65 billion federal contract, in Palmdale.
In 2016, as a member of the Assembly Budget Sub-4 committee Scott was able to extend the Advanced Strategic Aircraft Tax Credit by one year.
Scott supported SB 850 (1914) which created bachelor degree programs at certain community colleges. Now Antelope Valley College offers the Airframe Manufacturing Technology Bachelor’s Degree that is a one-of-a-kind program specifically designed to meet aerospace industry needs for individuals who serve as first-line leads in the major processes of aircraft manufacturing. Graduates can remain in the AV working for the federal government or one of the aerospace prime manufacturers.
Film and Television:
Portions of the 21st Senate District are within the TMZ (Thirty Mile Zone) which provides economic incentives for the production of film and television. However, California had been losing jobs to other states who have been offering lucrative incentives to pull production out of California. Families were being torn apart as spouses were traveling months at a time to such faraway places as Louisiana or Toronto, Canada to film. Working in a bi-partisan coalition, Scott was principal co-author of the Television and Film Tax Credit, AB 1839 (2014), which increased funding to $330 million per year for five years and established a point system, instead of a random lottery. The Legislature extended it again in 2019.
Agriculture is one of the leading industries in the Antelope Valley. Following a 16-year court battle over water rights the Ag community is having heir water allocation reduced by 50% over a five-year period. The number-one product grown in the AV is alfalfa which is a water intensive crop. Local farmers came to Scott and asked for changes to state law to allow them to grow industrial hemp. Hemp is not cannabis, but is a crop that is used in the manufacturing of over 25,000 products. In 2018, Scott authored SB 1409 that brought California into compliance with federal law paving the way for hemp cultivation. He followed SB 1409 with clean-up legislation, SB 153. Industrial hemp will help our farmers remain in farming and will provide an opportunity for manufacturing jobs in our community.
In 2015, Scott authored AB 525, the “Franchise Bill of Rights”. This landmark legislation makes it more difficult for major chains to unfairly terminate franchise operators and prohibits a corporation from closing a franchise business unless the franchise owner has significantly violated the franchise contract.
Making College More Affordable and Providing Greater Access:
The first two years of community college are now free to full-time students thanks to the California College Promise. In 2017, Scott supported the original bill that provided for the first year and in 2018 he supported AB 2 which now adds the second year. Studies show that over a lifetime a person with a bachelor degree earns $1.1 million more than a high school graduate.
California is facing a teacher shortage and not everyone can travel to a CSU to earn their teaching credential. So Scott supported SB 577 (2017) which establishes a pilot program for teacher credentialing at the community college level. Scott believes that a person’s zip code should not preclude them from accessing higher education opportunities.
According to homeless providers the Antelope Valley was not receiving its fair share of homeless funding from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). So in 2017, Scott received approval from the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to audit LAHSA. The State Auditor discovered that LAHSA was not distributing federal funding appropriately and now the AV is receiving more equitable funding.
The state audit also revealed that the California Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (HCFC) was approved, but never funded. The state audit recommended the funding of the Council. In 2018, as a member of the Senate Budget Committee Scott member’s request was approved and the Council received its initial funding.
Since the release of the state audit, Scott has been pushing for State Auditor recommended reforms including requiring the HCFC to produce a strategic plan. Both his bills SB 792 and SB 333 were approved by policies committees, but held up in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
In response to the deaths of two local boys, Gabriel Fernandez and Anthony Avalos, who were in the L.A. County Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) system, Scott called for and received approval of an audit of DCFS. The audit revealed deficiencies in organizational structure and the placing of resources. Los Angeles County is currently in the midst of making the necessary changes to address the audit’s concerns.
Making Our Neighborhoods Safer:
The State of California had been releasing convicted sexual predators in rural areas because it was easier to comply with Jessica’s Law. This placed an unfair burden on the communities in the High Desert. In 2017, Scott passed SB 1199 which requires a family or community connection before paroling a sex offender into a community.
Water and Protecting Our Environment:
Scott was co-author of AB 1471 (2014) which became Prop 1 (The Water Bond) that authorized $7.5 billion for water infrastructure projects. The voters approved Prop 1 with 67% of the vote.
Scott is opposed to the mega-mine proposed by multi-national corporation CEMEX in Soledad Canyon adjacent to the 14 Freeway. This mine would be the second largest aggregate mine in America and would on a daily basis bring nearly 1,200 trucks on the 14 Freeway. The mine would also adversely affect our water supply and air quality. Although a federal issue, in 2018 Scott received unanimous support for SR 96 that calls on Congress to prevent the CEMEX Soledad Canyon mega-mine from moving forward.
Scott doesn’t believe the state is doing enough to address climate change. Legislators are using the “Cap & Trade” program as their own personal piggybank to fund pet projects like the High Speed Rail Project instead of truly addressing the issue. Scott believes we ought to leverage California’s intellectual capital so in 2017, Scott introduced SB 236 the Environmental Innovation Grant Program. The innovation grant would help fund companies and institutions creating products that reduce C02 emissions. The innovation grant is modeled after Canadas’ Ontario Low-Carbon Innovation Fund.
Rural communities in southern California have been devastated by illegal dumping which adversely affects the environment and a community’s health. So Scott introduced SB 409 (2018) that will go after truck operators and landowners that do not possess the proper permits to dispose of material.
More Affordable Health Care:
Affordable health care is a top priority for Scott. That’s why Scott supported SB 17 which requires pharmaceutical companies to give a 60-day public notice if they are going to increase drug prices. Scott also supported AB 1004 which requires early and periodic health care services in the area of developmental screening services for Medi-Cal beneficiaries from ages 0-3.
Scott also recognizes the need to streamline our government-run healthcare to ensure its long-term affordability and viability. That’s why he co-authored AB 2456 (2013) which would have required Covered California to use performance-based budgeting to better ensure more effective and efficient operation of the program.
Scott authored SJR 8, a resolution calling on the Federal government to increase funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Federal government has primary responsibility for servicing those that served our nation with dignity and honor. But there are ways that the state can help as well.
Some bills Scott supported to help veterans include: SB 245 (2019) waiving animal adoption fees at public shelters; SB 1007 (2018) exempting state and local sales and use tax for building materials used by nonprofits to construct facilities used to care for veterans; SB 1123 (2018) expands family leave to include situations arising out of a family members active duty status in the U.S. armed forces; and AB 1094 (2013) expands definition of disability-based unearned income to include veteran’s disability compensation, for the purposes of income disregarded by CalWORKs.
In 2020 Scott is introducing legislation that would exempt Veteran’s from paying state taxes on their military pension.
Scott firmly believes that men and women deserve equal opportunity to earn good-paying wages. That’s why Scott has supported a number of priorities to eliminate the gender gap and close legislative loopholes in cases of violence against women.
Some of these bills include: AB 1556 (2017) updates the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to use gender inclusive references to individuals, thereby clarifying that all Californians are protected against discrimination, including pregnancy discrimination, regardless of their gender identity;
SB 358 (2015) Prohibits an employer from paying any of its employees at wage rates less than the rates paid to employees of the opposite sex for substantially similar work;
SCR 26 (2019) and ACR 126 (2017) establishes Equal Pay Day and National Equal Pay Day, respectively, in recognition of the need to eliminate the gender gap in earnings by women and to promote policies to ensure equal pay for all;
SB 186 (2015) authorizes the governing board of a community college district to remove, suspend, or expel a student for sexual assault or sexual exploitation;
SB 400 (2013) expands the protections given to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who take time off to obtain any relief to victims of stalking.
As the awareness of the importance of mental health professional in our schools climbs, Scott has supported and coauthored a number of bills that would establish an adequate ratio of students to available mental health counselors: he co-authored AB 8 (2019) which would set up a ratio for K-12 schools for mental health counselors and supported SB 660 (2019) which would do the same at CSU.
As a legislator, Scott knows that it’s his job to be a voice for the voiceless. That’s why he supports legislation to protect animals from acts of human aggression. Scott supported SB 580 (2019) which imposes education courses for all animal abuse offenders and mandatory mental health evaluations more egregious and violent animal abuse offenses.