SCAG serves as the unified voice of the region, advocating for the legislative and funding needs of Southern California’s diverse and growing communities, and creating a strong coalition that can achieve more together.
SCAG maintains a State and Federal Legislative Program, which consists of the Regional Council’s positions on policies and legislative initiatives related to SCAG’s core planning and policy areas—transportation, air quality, freight/goods movement, housing, environmental impact, sustainability, and economic recovery and job creation—that need the leadership and support of the U.S. Congress and California Legislature to resolve challenges facing the SCAG region.
SCAG’s legislative efforts are the product of a bottoms-up process whereby the Legislative/Communications and Membership Committee, comprised of elected officials from throughout the region, identifies and recommends specific legislative action for consideration by the Regional Council with respect to state and federal legislation affecting the SCAG region. The Regional Council takes formal legislative positions and directs the agency’s advocacy efforts on all legislative matters.
SCAG’s 2023 State and Federal Legislative Platforms are the agency’s policy recommendations stemming from the Legislative/Communications and Membership Committee, and adopted by the Regional Council. These legislative platforms encompass broad, policy-oriented objectives of the agency that build upon long-standing, Regional Council-adopted policies, while also taking into account new and evolving issues.
SCAG staff continuously monitors legislative activity in Sacramento. The Legislative Tracking Report provides a list of bills in the current session of the California Legislature that SCAG is currently tracking.
SCAG regularly interacts with members of our state and federal delegation on a variety of issues of importance to SCAG. The following members of the U.S. Congress and California Legislature directly represent the SCAG region at the state and federal levels.
SCAG’s Bill Position Tracker makes it easy to stay informed on the status of bills in the California Legislature on which the Regional Council took a formal position. Bills tracked cover several policy areas such as transportation, planning, environment, finance, government, and economic development.
The Bill Position TrackerTracker provides:
A bill number, topic, and description for each bill
SCAG’s position on the bill and the date on which that position was taken
In federal legislative matters, SCAG provides regional input to Congressional lawmakers, the administration, and federal agency officials concerning the broad spectrum of issues encompassing SCAG’s core jurisdictions: transportation, land-use, environment, climate change, energy, sustainability, and water. As the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, SCAG seeks to both apprise and advocate for its 191 member cities, six member counties and other stakeholders/members on legislative actions in Washington, D.C. that affect the region in these areas.
In state legislative matters, SCAG’s efforts are focused on stabilizing and enhancing transportation funding while preserving the authority and flexibility of local government and transportation entities to best utilize available resources to meet the needs of an ever-growing region. SCAG seeks to implement its Regional Council-adopted legislative priorities to advance policies beneficial to the region in areas such as project acceleration and streamlining, economic development and community reinvestment, Cap-and-Trade revenue allocation, surface transportation authorization implementation, climate change/greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and housing/affordable housing expansion.
SCAG also pursues legislation consistent with the agency’s economic and growth strategy objectives to spur economic recovery by supporting measures such as the extension of the state’s successful film tax credit program and targeted tax incentives and beneficial regulatory treatment in the green technology industries. In all such legislative efforts, SCAG endeavors to create a collaborative, “bottom-up” approach with its constituent members and local stakeholder partners to achieve legislative policy results that are comprehensive and beneficial to the entire region.
SCAG advocates for the region at the local, state, and federal levels on key policy issues.
When needed, SCAG will provide policy recommendations through advocacy letters.