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Politicians like to keep us in the dark

CALmatters Dan Walters, CALmatters, March 10, 2019 Every year, governors and state legislators load up bills that supposedly implement the state budget with all sorts of extracurricular provisions benefiting those to whom they owe favors. They use these “trailer bills” because they can be, and often have been, passed very quickly after being drafted, thereby […]

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Bail reform bill stretches the 72-hour notice law

CALmatters Dan Walters, CALmatters, August 27, 2018 Two years ago, nearly two-thirds of California voters supported a ballot measure to crack down on legislative trickery. For decades, state lawmakers had dodged the public by secretly drafting important bills and then quickly jamming them through both legislative houses. They became known as “mushroom bills” because they […]

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Budget trailer bills have become Christmas trees

CALmatters Dan Walters, CALmatters, June 20, 2018 As detailed in this space a few days ago, the Legislature is using a budget “trailer bill” to deprive voters of vital information about local government and school bond issues. The legislation, drafted without public hearings or other input, would suspend for two years a new law, which […]

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Los Angeles Daily News/

Lawmakers to Californians: Do as we say, not as we do

Los Angeles Daily News Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters, November 16, 2017 With a declaration that “public servants best serve the citizenry when they can be candid and honest without reservation in conducting the people’s business,” lawmakers passed the California Whistleblower Protection Act in 1999. The idea was to protect workers who report misconduct, so that they […]

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Californians are mobilizing against new taxes

Lincoln News Messenger Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, September 25, 2017 A few weeks ago, as the Legislature was wrapping up its final business of 2017, the Speaker of the Assembly hailed this year as the most “progressive” in California history. Now, I often do not agree with the Speaker. But in at least one sense, this […]

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