The California Legislature Transparency Act will put a stop to legislation getting rammed through the process without public comment or review, and hold lawmakers accountable for serving the people who elect them.
California suffers from some of the lowest voter participation rates in the nation, growing apathy, and an apparent disconnect between the State Capitol and 38 million Californians.
Special interests at the State Capitol often make last-minute changes to legislation to push through political favors without public comment or advance notice. Complex legislation is drafted behind closed doors, dropped onto lawmakers’ desks and put to an immediate vote before anyone can read it. This creates reckless legislation benefitting a few special interests at a cost to the public.
Also, although legislative meetings are supposed to be public under the State Constitution, few people are able to attend those meetings in person. Many proceedings go completely unobserved by the public and press, often leaving no record of what was said. These off-the-record meetings only benefit the lobbyists paid to strike backroom deals while the public interest is left out of the process.
The California Legislature Transparency Act will shine a light on the backroom deals and hold the politicians accountable by enacting two reforms:
By enacting these commonsense reforms, the California Legislature Transparency Act will enable the public to observe and share what is happening in the Legislature so citizens may finally fully participate in the political process.
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