Transparency Measure Hits New Milestone in its Signature Drive for the November 2016 Statewide Ballot

Initiative amasses over 25% of the signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. Act gives power back to voters instead of the special interests, in California’s legislative process.


(SACRAMENTO, California) – February 12, 2016 – A committee supporting an initiative to rein in special interests and empower the average Californian in the legislative process took a critical step last week toward placement before the voters on the November 2016 ballot. The Hold Politicians Accountable committee certified to the Secretary of State that it has collected 25% of the required signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Filed by former State Senator Sam Blakeslee and Charles Munger, Jr., the California Legislature Transparency Act puts a stop to hidden special interest legislation by requiring all legislative measures to be publicly posted online at least 72 hours before it can be passed, making all legislative meetings publicly available online, and guaranteeing the right of every individual to record and share open legislative meetings.

“This common sense initiative would use transparency to reduce special interest influence over legislation and make sure every bill is subject to public review and comment,” stated Senator Blakeslee. “It will take the power out of the hands of special interests and give it back to the people so they can fully participate in the legislative process.”

Proponents continue to collect signatures while building a diverse coalition of supporters for reining in special interests’ influence over the legislative process and improving the public’s ability to know what’s happening behind closed doors at the State Capitol.

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