Proposed Constitutional Amendment For Legislative Transparency

Published On : 1/25/2013 12:33 PM
By : Amy Quinton
From : CCN
Categories : State, Local

Two California lawmakers from different parties want to require legislation be in print and online for 72 hours before a final vote in either chamber.

Some California lawmakers are calling for a constitutional amendment that would require all bills be in print and online for 3 days before a final vote in either chamber.

The proposed amendment would require greater transparency for all legislation, including the state budget. Every year, lawmakers complain of last-minute legislation or changes in legislation that are not fully reviewed. Democratic Senator Lois Wolk is one of the authors of the proposed amendment.

She says the current system prevents the public from weighing in on issues and often leaves lawmakers unsure of what they’re voting on.

“I have not seen a bill come before me in my ten years in the legislature that would have been harmed by being in print 3 days, I have seen many bills that have been put into law that could have been vastly improved by a public vetting.”

The proposed amendment has bipartisan support. It exempts bills required to respond to a state of emergency. It would also allow committees to begin reviewing legislation after 15 days, rather than the current 30 day requirement.

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