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News & Press: Sacramento Report

The California Legislature Transparency Act (CLTA)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016  
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The CLTA will appear on the November ballot as Proposition 54. And no, it has nothing to do with title insurance. The CLTA on the ballot requires the state legislature to publish the text of legislation online and in print at least 72 hours prior to holding a final vote in either legislative house. It also requires recordings of all public proceedings to be posted online within 24 hours and stored for at least 20 years in a publicly-accessible database.

Imagine, requiring a waiting period prior to the voting on bills. Proponets claim Proposition 54 would strike a fatal blow to the practice of “gut-and-amend,” whereby the content of a bill is totally replaced at the last minute with entirely new provisions. The practice allows controversial measures to be approved on the floor of the legislature without going through the committee process. The initiative would also remove prohibitions on the public from recording open legislative sessions and using recordings of legislative sessions for any “commercial purpose,” including campaign advertising. This should make for an interesting ballot campaign this fall.

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