|Legislators Gather to See How They Scored with the Life Science Indsutry|
The San Diego Biotechnology Political Action Committee (SDBIOTECHPAC) announced the release of their Annual State Legislative Scorecard for 2003. The results of the Scorecard were distributed last night at their Annual Legislator Reception, an event attended by more than 25 legislators from various levels of government and over 100 life science industry executives.
The Legislator Scorecard reports the voting records of the 120 Senators and Assembly members that serve in the California State Legislature on a selection of votes. All votes that received a level three or higher priority status from BIOCOM, the regional life science advocacy organization, and went to a full floor vote in at least its house of origination were included in the Scorecard, resulting in the inclusion of 11 votes this year. As an organization, BIOCOM took positions on 42 pieces of legislation at the state level and had a 28% success rate in getting bills that it supported signed by the Governor and an 83% success rate in defeating legislation deemed harmful to the industry.
"It is important to recognize the support we received from so many of our state legislators in helping to keep many costly bills from becoming law in a state where the cost of conducting business is already considerably high. We look forward to making 2004 another strong year," said Joe Panetta, president and CEO of BIOCOM.
"The Legislative Scorecard is an invaluable tool. As a vital part of our economy, the life science industry needs to know how legislators are voting and how those votes may impact its constituents," stated Assemblyman George Plescia, 75th Assembly District who scored a very respectable 7 or 9 on this year's Scorecard.
BIOCOM is a premiere life science industry association representing more than 465 member companies. The association focuses on initiatives that positively influence the growth of the life science industry, including capital formation, public policy, workforce development and scientific discovery and development. For more information on BIOCOM or the San Diego regional life sciences community, visit the organization's Web site at www.biocom.org or contact our offices at 858-455-0300.
The San Diego Biotechnology Political Action Committee is a bipartisan group whose purpose is to advance the life science industry's legislative goals through the education of candidates, legislators and its membership. For additional information on the SDPAC or a copy of the Scorecard, please contact April Bailey at 858-455-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.