In 2016, 8.6 million Californians voted to approve Proposition 54, known as the California Legislative Transparency Act.
This important reform requires bills to be in print and available online for the public to read and comment on 72 hours prior to being voted on by the Legislature. Furthermore, the Transparency Act requires legislative votes to be available for members of the public to view online.
The Transparency Act is the very essence of our representative system of government.
Its provisions ensure members of the public can inform themselves on the issues that affect their lives, have the ability to make themselves heard, and hold politicians accountable for their votes.
Now, this important reform is under attack. If ACA 25 is approved, California would lose some of these hard-fought protections. Sacramento politicians and lobbyists could make decisions without the public scrutiny now guaranteed by the State Constitution.