Chamber Launches New Government Affairs Committee
Since 2012 the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber has made its voice heard on local and regional legislation and in supporting LGBTQ and allied candidates for office via RainbowPAC, the Chamber’s non-partisan political action committee.the This past November, RainbowPAC board voted unanimously, in accordance with PAC bylaws and state regulations, to dissolve the PAC, and to shift many of the PAC’s functions of evaluating and endorsing pending legislation and local ballot measures and of endorsing candidates for non-partisan offices to the Chamber’s new Government Affairs Committee.
Prior to forming the PAC in 2012, the Chamber had an active Government Affairs Committee, instrumental in, among other efforts, the 2010 redistricting of the Central City Council District that gave us Sacramento’s first openly LGBTQ council member, Steve Hansen, as well as passage of a state bill to count for the first time in history LGBT-owned businesses that contract with the state.
The decision to close the PAC and launch the new Government Affairs Committee resulted from careful consideration of membership interest and limited participation in PAC activities, the new Government Affairs Committee will offer our members more opportunities to get involved in legislative advocacy for small business and LGBTQ rights and in supporting great candidates without the burdens and limitations of a PAC structure. Stay tuned for updates!
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