Sacramento Bee/

Prop. 54’s transparency provisions worked for gas tax bill, but it’s too early to celebrate

Opponents of legislative transparency in voter-approved Proposition 54 all but claimed the sky would fall if sunlight was shed on the legislative process. It didn’t. Per California’s new transparency rules, Senate Bill 1, the $5.2 billion gas-tax increase, was in print, posted online and distributed to every legislator for review for 72 hours before it […]

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San Jose Mercury News/

Lawmakers can’t ignore transparency law approved by voters just last November

Californians overwhelmingly passed Proposition 54 in November to increase transparency in government, but some of the Legislature’s rules are already out of compliance. Proposition 54, the California Legislature Transparency Act, passed with more than 65 percent of the vote, including a majority in all 58 counties, and enjoyed support from individuals and organizations of all […]

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CalWatchdog/

Transparency initiative shaped nature of road-tax debate

It’s no secret that the state’s legislative leadership is less than thrilled about an open-government initiative that California voters passed in the November election, and are doing what they can to undermine its clear intent. Yet, it’s a testament to the measure’s importance that the Legislature painstakingly followed its dictates as they passed last week […]

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Orange County Register/

California lawmakers are ignoring new transparency rules

Californians overwhelmingly passed Proposition 54 in November to increase legislative transparency. Some of the Legislature’s rules are already out of compliance. On a large ballot with a number of highly contentious initiatives, Proposition 54, the California Legislature Transparency Act, was not so controversial. It passed with more than 65 percent of the vote, including a […]

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San Francisco Chronicle/

California legislative leaders resist open-government law

California voters can thank themselves that they had at least a few days to see the contents of a $52 billion transportation bill before it was passed by state lawmakers late Thursday night. In years past, the governor and legislative leaders might have rushed a measure so fraught with political peril in the last hours […]

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