Senator Lois Wolk Endorses Prop. 54
October 26, 2016 – California State Senator and Senate Majority Whip Lois Wolk (D-Davis) has endorsed Prop. 54, joining a large bipartisan coalition of individuals and organizations in support of the measure.
Sen. Wolk authored SCA 14 — introduced on April 21, 2016 – which was similar to Proposition 54, but ultimately failed passage. Like Prop 54, SCA 14 would have placed a 72-hour notice provision into the Constitution, but unlike Prop 54, its companion Assembly bill would have put the requirements to record and post online all public hearings into statute, which could have easily been changed by future legislatures.
“I am a proponent of the 72 hour notice,” said Senator Wolk during a June 21, 2016 Assembly Rules Committee hearing. “It is the core of the measure, it’s the reason we’re here. It is what I and others have been advocating for many years.”
Proposition 54 will amend the state Constitution to 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 either house of the State Legislature, require all open legislative meetings to be audiovisual recorded and posted online within 24 hours, and grant all individuals the right to record and share videos of public legislative proceedings.
Senator Wolk joins several other prominent elected leaders in support of the measure, including Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, California State Controller Betty Yee, California State Assembly Republican leader Chad Mayes and many others.
Prop. 54 has also been endorsed by a broad and diverse coalition of well-respected organizations including the League of Women Voters of California, the California State Conference of the NAACP, League of California Cities, 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, California Planning and Conservation League, the First Amendment Coalition, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, CalTax, and many more.
# # #