Melissa Hurtado

State senate

Chair of Human Services Committee

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District Party Score
SD-14 democrat
15
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Represents: Fresno, Bakersfield, the Central Valley, a Courage Score trending toward zero
Supports: Leaving California taxpayers on the hook for Big Oil’s messes
Opposes: Wealthy corporations with outrageous CEO salaries paying their fair share
Shameful Vote: Hurtado voted against the New California Family Rights Act to expand the leave time new parents get upon the birth of a child — even though the adjusted number would have still been below guaranteed leave time in most of the world.
Dirty Money: Not long after the California Independent Petroleum PAC spent thousands in support of Hurtado’s election, she supported a last-minute carveout to exempt Kern Oil & Refining from environmental monitoring.
What Were They Thinking?: Despite claiming to fight for “inequities in environmental policy and access to healthcare,” Hurtado’s Courage Score — measuring how often she puts people above the powerful — ranks 29th out of 40 Senators.

Votes

Type Year Categories Name Description Vote
committee_votes 2020
  • economic-justice

SB37

Sets taxes on corporations with net income of $10M+ so that those with exorbitant CEO:employee salary ratios pay more.

No Vote
committee_votes 2020
  • economic-justice

SB956

Establishes the California Tax Expenditure Review Board as an independent advisory body.

No Vote
floor_votes 2020
  • economic-justice

SB956

Establishes the California Tax Expenditure Review Board as an independent advisory body.

No Vote
committee_votes 2020
  • workers-rights

SB1383

Forces employers to grant employee requests for up to 12 work weeks of unpaid parental leave.

Oppose
floor_votes 2020
  • workers-rights

SB1399

Expands protections for garment industry workers.

No Vote
floor_votes 2020
  • consumer-protection
  • health

SB977

Expands the Attorney General’s ability to prohibit certain transactions by healthcare systems that hurt consumers by limiting competition.

No Vote
floor_votes 2020
  • workers-rights

SB1383

Forces employers to grant employee requests for up to 12 work weeks of unpaid parental leave.

Oppose
floor_votes 2020
  • gun-violence-prevention

AB2847

Strengthens gun laws by enhancing micro-stamping requirements for unsafe guns.

Oppose
floor_votes 2020
  • economic-justice
  • workers-rights

AB2114

Provides a procedure for UC medical employees to challenge termination of employment.

Support
floor_votes 2020
  • environmental-protection

AB1080

Sets goals to reduce waste from single-use packaging and products.

Oppose
floor_votes 2020
  • criminal-justice
  • racial-justice

AB3070

Prohibits prosecutors from striking prospective jurors from jury pools on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender and other identities.

No Vote
floor_votes 2020
  • criminal-justice
  • racial-justice

AB3070

Prohibits prosecutors from striking prospective jurors from jury pools on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender and other identities.

Support
floor_votes 2020
  • health
  • workers-rights

AB890

Allows nurse practitioners in California to work without physician supervision.

No Vote
floor_votes 2020
  • criminal-justice
  • lgbtq-rights

SB145

Removes remnants of discriminatory anti-sodomy laws from statutory rape punishments.

No Vote
committee_votes 2019
  • education

SCA5

Lowers threshold for parcel tax approval to 55%

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • economic-justice

SB343

Removes the Kaiser Permanente loophole in state financial disclosure laws

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • health
  • workers-rights

SB227

Penalizes hospitals that violate California law regarding nurse-to-patient ratios

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • workers-rights

SB336

Requires automated transit vehicles to maintain a trained employee on board

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • gender-equality
  • workers-rights

SB142

Requires employers to provide lactation rooms and reasonable break time for lactation needs

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • environmental-protection

SB307

Overrides federal order to waive state level environmental review of Cadiz Water Project

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • environmental-protection
  • housing

SB25

Allows select development projects to skirt environmental review

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • economic-justice
  • housing

SB329

Prohibits landlords from rejecting applicants based on Section 8 status

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • environmental-protection
  • housing

SB621

Creates environmental review loopholes and lowers requirements for affordable housing construction

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • criminal-justice

SB136

Repeals sentencing enhancements for those with prior offenses

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • criminal-justice
  • lgbtq-rights

SB145

Removes remnants of discriminatory anti-sodomy laws from statutory rape punishments.

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • housing

SB529

Grants tenants right to organize as part of a tenant association

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • health
  • immigration

SB29

Expands Medi-Cal to all residents, regardless of immigration status

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • housing

SB529

Grants tenants right to organize as part of a tenant association

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • environmental-protection

SB551

Mandates development of plans for decommissioning, cleanup and remediation of abandoned wells

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • economic-justice

SB616

Forces debt collectors to leave final $1,724 in a bank account

Support
committee_votes 2019
  • consumer-protection
  • health

AB290

Prevents dialysis companies from steering patients from medi-cal to boost corporate profits

Oppose
committee_votes 2019
  • economic-justice
  • housing

AB857

Allows local governments to sponsor public banks

Oppose
committee_votes 2019
  • housing

AB1487

Creates Bay Area Housing Finance Authority, to raise and distribute affordable housing funds

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • education

AB1353

Shortens length of probationary period for unclassified employees from 1 year to 6 months

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • workers-rights

AB749

Prohibits "no rehire" provisions that bar victims of mistreatment from employment with offending company

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • health
  • workers-rights

SB227

Penalizes hospitals that violate California law regarding nurse-to-patient ratios

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • health

AB731

Requires same rate review practice for large-group health insurance plans as smaller ones

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • workers-rights

AB51

Prohibits employers from forcing job candidates to waive legal rights in favor of forced arbitration

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • consumer-protection
  • health

AB290

Prevents dialysis companies from steering patients from medi-cal to boost corporate profits

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • criminal-justice

AB965

Allows people incarcerated as youth to earn time off their earliest parole date

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • housing

AB1487

Creates Bay Area Housing Finance Authority, to raise and distribute affordable housing funds

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • housing

AB1482

Caps rent increase at 5% in 12-month period, and forces landlords to present 'just cause' before evicting

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • criminal-justice
  • political-accountability
  • racial-justice

AB1600

Expedites the process to obtain police misconduct records in a criminal trial

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • criminal-justice

AB1215

Bans (for 3 yrs) biometric surveillance and facial recognition from use in police body cameras

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • economic-justice
  • housing

AB857

Allows local governments to sponsor public banks

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • economic-justice
  • housing

SB329

Prohibits landlords from rejecting applicants based on Section 8 status

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • education

AB1507

Grants local districts more leeway in evaluating charter school applications

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • housing

AB68

Permits construction of two ADUs on same property

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • criminal-justice

SB136

Repeals sentencing enhancements for those with prior offenses

Oppose
floor_votes 2019
  • economic-justice

SB268

Offers voters more information on potentially progressive taxation measures

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • workers-rights

AB1066

Grants unemployment benefits for workers during first 3 weeks of a strike

No Vote
floor_votes 2019
  • workers-rights

ACA14

Forces UC system to reduce contracted services in order to increase percent of union workers on their payroll

Support
floor_votes 2019
  • environmental-protection

SB1

Strengthens California environmental standards to pre-Trump federal levels

Oppose

Corporate Money

Type Amount
Real Estate $60,500
Oil & Gas $24,750
Cops $11,196

Score Card Grades from Partners

Partner Score
ACLU
69
CA Environmental Justice Alliance
78
CA Federation of Teachers
100
CA League of Conservation Voters
82
Disability Rights CA
79
Equality CA
75
Health Access
96
Planned Parenthood
100
Sierra Club
38
United Domestic Workers
92
United Food & Commercial Workers Western States Council
0

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