Major Legislative Achievements 2007 - 2018

As your State Senator, it was my job to make state government work for you. My team and I went to work every day with the goal of creating a path to prosperity for every Californian. I am pleased to share with you a shortlist of some of our noteworthy legislative accomplishments throughout my time in office. It was an honor to have authored and co-authored them with my fellow Senators and Assembly Members from both sides of the aisle.

Keeping The Public Safe

AB 221 – California Divestment from Iran Senator Anderson authored this bill to require California’s public pension systems to divest from companies that violated federal law by doing business in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The pension systems had $24 billion invested in these companies.

AB 2466 – Restitution for Victims of Human Trafficking Senator Anderson co-authored this bill to create procedures for the seizure and preservation of assets of a defendant in a human trafficking prosecution case so those assets are available to pay restitution to the victim once the defendant is convicted.

SB 1058 – Allow Evidence to Clear the Wrongfully Convicted Senator Anderson co-authored this bill to protect public safety and uphold the integrity of our justice system by preventing incarceration of innocent individuals. The bill allows the court to consider later scientific research that contradicts original testimony. California should never incarcerate someone that scientific research demonstrates is innocent of the crime. This law helps prevent miscarriages of justice.

SB 1371 – Victim Restitution Protection Senator Anderson authored this bill to ensure that a convicted defendant may not serve jail time in lieu of paying restitution to a victim of crime.

AB 835 – Extend Statute of Limitations for Vehicular Manslaughter Senator Anderson co-authored this bill to better ensure justice for victims by allowing for a longer statute of limitations when a person flees the scene of an accident where vehicular manslaughter has occurred.


Ensuring Every Californian Has A Path To Prosperity

AB 1506 – Lawsuit Abuse Reform Senator Anderson co-authored this bill to protect career opportunities for Californians by eliminating a “job-killing” provision of the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, which invited lawsuits for minor technical violations. ab 1506 gives employers the right to cure any such violation within a reasonable period of time.

AB 226 – Fisherman’s Markets Senator Anderson co-authored this bill that protects jobs and helps San Diego’s regional economy by establishing “fishermen’s markets” as a new category of food facility that sells only raw or fresh-frozen fish or raw edible aquatic plants, caught or harvested by California-licensed fishermen or California-registered aquaculturists.

SB 850 – Community College Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program Senator Anderson co-authored this bill to expand career opportunities for Californians by initiating a pilot project allowing community colleges to offer Bachelor Degree programs.


Honoring Those Who Served

AB 13 – In-State Tuition for Veterans Senator Anderson co-authored this bill to ensure that veterans attending California public universities and colleges receive their GI Bill benefits by granting them in-state tuition.

SB 156 – Citizenship Assistance for Veterans Anderson authored this bill to protect the rights and benefits of veterans by requiring the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California National Guard to assist veterans and current members of the Guard in completing the necessary forms and paperwork to apply for citizenship, as is their right in exchange for their service.

AB 257 – Free Park Passes for Disabled Veterans Senator Anderson authored this bill to grant free state park passes to disabled veterans and recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

AB 388 – Combating Veteran Homelessness Senator Anderson co-authored this bill to ensure success for veterans in supportive or transitional housing by requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to report annually on the effectiveness of the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program.



SB 178 – CA Electronic Communications Privacy Act Senator Anderson joint-authored this bill that protects Californians against warrant-less government access to mobile devices, sensitive emails, text messages, digital documents, metadata, and location information.

SB 828 – The Fourth Amendment Protection Act Senator Anderson joint-authored this bill to use the Tenth Amendment to enforce the Fourth Amendment, and protect the privacy of law-abiding Californians by prohibiting the state from providing electronically-stored information or metadata to the Federal government without due process.

SB 545 – Confidential Name Change for Victims of Domestic Violence Senator Anderson authored this bill to safeguard children by shielding them from abusers. Previous law required that a non-custodial parent be notified when the custodial parent requests a name change for their child. This notification in certain circumstances can endanger the custodial parent and the child.

Joel speaking about USS Midway Museum’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee Sixth Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Luncheon, Bridge Builder Award.

Awards and Recognition

Legislator of the Year

  • California Small Business Association

  • American Veterans

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Pacific Water Quality Association

  • American Legion

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars California Department

  • Lakeside Chamber of Commerce

  • Sportsmen’s and Animal Owners’ Voting Alliance

  • California Hearing Healthcare Providers

  • San Diego Psychiatric Society

  • California League of Off-Road Voters

  • California Rifle & Pistol Association

  • State Coalition of Probation Officers

  • Young Republican Federation

  • San Diego County Apartment Association

  • California Chiropractic Association

  • California State Commanders Veterans Council

  • Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council

  • Crime Victims United

  • California Council of Chapters Military Officers Association of America

  • San Diego Off-Road Coalition Legislator of the Year

Top Rating

  • National Federation of Independent Business

  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

  • California Chamber of Commerce

  • California Taxpayers’ Association

  • California Republican Assembly

  • California Manufacturers & Technology Association

Joel receiving the prestigious Bravo-Zulu Award

Special Recognition for Legislative Leadership

  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Courageous Leadership Award

  • California Senior Legislature

  • Thomas Jefferson Legislator of the Year Award

  • American Conservative Union Defender of Liberty Award

  • California Association of County Veterans Service Officers Special Certificate of Appreciation

  • San Diego Republican Liberty Caucus’ Thomas Paine Award

  • Protector of Marriage Award

  • Capitol Resource Family Impact Friend of the Family Award

  • Christians United for Israel’s Watchman on the Wall

  • Jewish Public Affairs Committee Recognition for Leadership

  • Dog Owners of California’s Dog’s Best Friend Award

  • NetChoice’s iAwesome List

  • Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award

  • Physicians for Informed Consent Excellence in Ethics

  • California Innocence Project XONR8 Award

  • Triton Honorable Distinction Award

  • AeA Technology Leader Award

  • Aerospace States Association

  • Southern Caregiver Resource Center

  • County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Oral Health Champion Award

  • San Diego Regional Center Certificate of Appreciation

  • Common Sense Kids Action Commendation

  • Blue Star Families Certificate of Appreciation

  • Tuskegee Airmen, INC. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr. Chapter Recognition

  • American GI Forum of California’s Bravo-Zulu Award

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