Legislative Action TEAM


The Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Action Committee reviews the upcoming federal, state and local legislation to make educated recommendations to the Chamber's Board of Directors that will promote and foster business for our members.

The committee reviews pending legislation, debates opposing sides, seeks counsel from our local officials and finally, if required, will send a supporting or opposing letter to the legislative group voting on the issue.

As a member of the Chamber Political Action Committee, I would like to extend an invitation to you to get involved. The committee meets on the third Monday of every month at 3:30 in the Chamber office on Hwy 111. Naran Reitman  - Committee Chairperson

This is an important arm of the Chambers function in the business community. The Committee and members of the Chamber are invited annually to attend functions at the State Capital and to the Nation's Capital. These are informative and very important trips where committee members not only see where legislation is done but are given a chance to meet "on their turf" their elected officials and discuss pending topics that are affecting the business community. If this is something you have a passion for please call the chamber at (760) 346-6111.


Click the Link(s)/Picture(s) below to view the ACTION ALERTS taken on specific legislation initiatives and bills. 


Proposed State Ballot Measure Tax Fairness

The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Team has reviewed a potential ballot measure currently circulating for signatures. It is called, Tax Fairness, Transparency and Accountability Act of 2018. The intent of this potential and probable ballot measure is to make it more difficult for local and state agencies to increase taxes and fees.

On the local level, certain tax increases and extensions require a simple majority of the electorate to pass, as we have seen with sales tax and transient occupancy tax increases. However, should the voting public adopt this ballot measure, any increase or extension of taxes by a city would require a two-thirds majority vote of the electorate. Additionally, the ballot measure proposes stricter guidelines when increasing user and services fees.

On the State level, this measure takes specific aim at the state’s regulatory agencies that do not currently require any state legislature oversight when increasing fees. Most of these agencies have the internal ability to self-evaluate and increase fees as necessary to maintain services. This ballot measure would require state regulatory agencies to submit their fee increase proposals to both houses of the state legislature for a two-thirds majority vote to approve any increases.

Direction from the League of California Cities is to ask cities and their Chambers of Commerce, businesses and residents to contact members of the California Business Roundtable (Wells Fargo, Albertsons, KB Home, Blackstone Group, Chevron, Farmers Insurance, Granite Construction and others at: www.cbrt.org/members) requesting they amend their proposed ballot measure by removing the two-thirds majority electoral vote language. As written, this potential ballot measure would necessarily increase the difficulty cities face in providing public services to their communities, affecting everyone’s quality of life.


MARCH 2018 - Legislative Priorities



March 2017 - LETTER OF SUPPORT- National Parks   COALITION OPPOSING SB 57 & AB199

                       LETTER OF SUPPORT- Community Outreach Resource Program



Measure T Informational Presentation


Click on Image to view The Legislative Priorities Booklet
   Click Image to view Legislative Committee Members
Chamber Awarded Presidents Circle from Cal Chamber 9 Years in a Row

The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce recently was awarded for the 9th consecutive year, the California Chamber of Commerce Presidents Award for Legislative Action.

Chamber Awarded 5 Star Status from U.S. Chamber of Commerce for 2014-2019

The Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce recently was awarded for the 2nd time, the Status of 5-Star Chamber Accreditation by the US Chamber of Commerce. Only 72 Chambers in the NATION have this status. PDACC is the only 5-Star Chamber in the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties - which is the top 1% in the nation.

Legislative Officials

Congressman Raul Ruiz

Phone: (202) 225-5330
Fax: (760) 320-0596
Email: gene.rodriguez@mail.house.gov
Web: www.ruiz.house.gov

U.S. Senator Kamala Harris

Phone: (916) 448-2787
Fax: (202) 228-3865
Web: www.Harris.Senate.gov

Riverside County Supervisor, Manuel Perez

Phone: (760) 863-8211
Fax: (760) 863-8905
Email: district4@rcbos.org
Web: www.rivco4.org

Senator Jeff Stone, (R), 28th District

Local Representative: Glenn A. Miller
Phone: (916) 651-4028

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Phone: (202) 224-3841
Fax:(619) 231-1108

Governor Jerry Brown

Phone:(916) 445-2841
Fax:(916) 558-3160
Web: www.gov.ca.gov/home.phl

State Assemblyman Chad Mayes

Phone:(760) 346-6342
Fax:(760) 346-6506
Email: Edward.Sprecco@asm.ca.gov
Web: www.assembly.ca.gov/64

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia (D), 56th District

Local Representative: Jacqueline Lopez
Phone: (916) 319-2056
Web: www.asmdc.org/members/a56

City of Palm Desert City Council

Council Chambers Located at the P.D. City Complex: 73510 Fred Waring Dr. Meetings 2nd & 4th Thursday 4pm



Jan Harnik


Susan Marie Weber

(Council Member)

Gina Nestande

(Council Member)

Sabby Jonathan

(Mayor Pro Tem )

Kathleen Kelly

(Council Member)


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