League of California Cities, CalTax Endorse Prop. 54

July 7, 2016 – The League of California Cities, the California Taxpayers Association, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, California Business Properties Association, Monterey County Business Council, and Valley Contractors Exchange today announced their endorsements of Prop. 54, a statewide initiative slated for the November 2016 ballot that will give voters a stronger voice in the State Legislature and reduce the power of special interests.

This latest round of endorsements joins a large and growing bipartisan coalition of Prop. 54 supporters including the League of Women Voters of California, the California State Conference of the NAACP, California Common Cause, California Forward, the California Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business/CA, the Small Business Action Committee, the Latin Business Association, the California Business Roundtable, Californians Aware, the First Amendment Coalition, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the California Black Chamber of Commerce, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce, and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, among others.

“Open government is the foundation of a healthy democracy and that’s why we’re urging Californians to vote yes on Prop. 54 this November.  Decisions by the Legislature can affect the lives of millions of Californians, so ensuring that a bill must be in print for at least 72 hours will provide an opportunity for more voices to be heard and legislators time to make more informed decisions,” said Chris McKenzie, Executive Director of the League of California Cities.”

“With this initiative, voters will finally have an opportunity to weigh in on proposals that impact their hard-earned tax dollars,” said Teresa Casazza, President and CEO of the California Taxpayers Association.  “A yes vote on Prop. 54 will reduce the power of special interests in Sacramento by bringing last-minute backroom deals out of the shadows, and putting the legislative process on the Internet so all citizens may participate and have their voices heard.”

Prop. 54 will require all legislation to be in print and publicly posted online in its final form at least 72 hours before it may pass out of the Assembly or Senate, require all open legislative meetings to be video recorded and posted online within 24 hours, and grant individuals the right to record and share videos of public legislative proceedings.

To learn more about Prop. 54 or to join the coalition, visit the website at www.holdpoliticiansaccountable.org.