Special interests have too much influence in the Legislature

California’s Legislature is dominated by special interests at the expense of voters.  Special interests use backroom deals to pass last-minute legislation without any public notice. Too often, this ends up benefiting well-connected interest groups and hurting California families and voters.

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The California Legislature Transparency Act will put a stop to the secret legislation, give voters more access to the legislative process, and make sure legislators are working for voters, not the special interests.

The Solution

The California Legislature Transparency Act will shine a light on the backroom deals and empower voters by:

Giving the public and their elected representatives time to read legislation before its enacted. This will require the Legislature to post a bill online, in its final form, for at least 72 hours before voting on it (except in cases of emergency when legislation is needed immediately).

Posting legislative meetings online so the public can watch. This will require lawmakers to post video of their meetings online within 24 hours, and keep a record online for at least 20 years so people can look up how a law was enacted.

Allowing the right of all individuals to record and share what goes on in the Legislature. This will guarantee the right to record and publish video of legislative meetings, bringing lawmakers’ work into the light of day so they can be held accountable.

These reforms will restore legislative transparency and level the playing field for the average voter to hold politicians accountable.

Get the Facts

Giving legislators, their staff, and the public time to review last-minute changes in legislation is a common-sense practice that will improve governance in California.

James P. Mayer, California Forward