Senator Gaines Receives Perfect Score on Small Business Issues Voting Record

SACRAMENTO – Senator Ted Gaines (R-Roseville) today announced that he has scored 100 percent on the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)/California’s 2011 legislator Voting Record on small business issues. Gaines was one of only 17 state legislators out of the 120 Assembly and Senate members to receive the top score….

“As a small business owner myself, I know first-hand the hurdles and burdens California’s job creators face every day,” said Gaines. “I am committed to generating opportunities for small businesses to thrive, not stifling their growth with excessive taxes and onerous regulations.”

NFIB/California’s Voting Record is designed to provide a critical evaluation of a legislator’s attitude towards small business. NFIB/California is the state’s leading nonprofit, nonpartisan small business association representing more than 20,000 small and independent businesses in California.

The Voting Record is developed by selecting key bills proposed by the legislature that affect small business and on which every member of the legislature had an opportunity to cast a vote. The votes on those bills are then recorded and a percentage is determined for each member of the Assembly and Senate.

“In my continued effort to help lighten the load for California small businesses, I plan to reintroduce a regulatory reform bill this session that I’ve previously carried for two years in a row that would reduce and streamline the number of state regulations on the books,” said Gaines. “My bill will allow small businesses to focus on what they do best – create jobs and spur the economy – with the ultimate goal of getting our state back on track.”

The NFIB/California Voting Record, with descriptions of the bills used in the report, is available on their website at

Senator Ted Gaines represents the 1st Senate District, which includes all or parts of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento and Sierra counties.