Examiner Endorsements: Statewide ballot measures

One sign that Proposition 54 is an interesting measure is the Democratic Party is opposing it as a waste of taxpayer money while the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the Libertarians, typically quick to oppose unneeded government spending, support it.

This Republican-endorsed measure “prohibits Legislature from passing any bill unless it has been in print and published on the internet for at least 72 hours before the vote, except in cases of public emergency.”

This is the kind of transparency and accountability we must demand from government. The intention is to stop the troublesome “gut and amend” practice of revising and adding items into bills right before a vote to conceal its contents from the public. The measure would also require video of all open Legislature sessions be posted online.

Endorsement: Yes on Prop. 54