Real Clear Markets Supports California Legislature Transparency Act
April 7, 2016 – Yesterday, Real Clear Markets reported on how the California Legislature Transparency Act will empower average voters in the legislative process.
The California Legislature Transparency Act would require the legislature to post each bill online, in its final form, for at least 72 hours before voting, post online a complete video record of every legislative meeting, and would allow all individuals to create and share their own recording of legislative proceedings.
The ballot initiative has received endorsements from a bipartisan group of supporters including California Common Cause, California Forward and the California Chamber of Commerce.
Below are excerpts from the Real Clear Markets article, “California Needs Bold Fixes, Is Sacramento Up to It?”:
“On average, since the 1999-2000 legislative session, California’s State Legislature has introduced almost 5,500 pieces of legislation per session. Not that long ago, you physically had to be sitting in the legislative chamber to watch your government debate these thousands of bills. But because of television and now the internet, some (note: not all) of these legislative proceedings can be viewed from anywhere. Technology has made government more accessible, but it still seems out-of-touch.
Building on Digital Democracy is the Legislature Transparency Act, which would require all legislation to be in print for a minimum of 72 hours before being voted on and requires all legislative committee hearings and floor sessions to be recorded and publicly available within 24 hours. Coupled with platforms like Digital Democracy, this will empower any citizen to keep a check on their government.”
Read the entire article on the Real Clear Markets website: http://bit.ly/1Xk1st7 .
To learn more about the California Legislature Transparency Act or to join the coalition, visit the website at www.holdpoliticiansaccountable.org.