On politics in the Golden State
January 23, 2013 | 8:00 am
A bipartisan group of California lawmakers concerned by the past rushing of legislation has proposed asking voters to require all bills to be in print and online for 72 hours before final passage.
Sen. Lois Wolk (D- Davis) and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) have introduced identical bills with the aim of improving transparency in the Legislature.
Wolk noted that in the last two-year session, the Legislature considered nearly 5,000 bills. “While most of those proposals were publicly shared and well-vetted, some were not,” Wolk said. “Last-minute changes to bills can leave legislators unsure of what they are voting on, and prevent the public from weighing in on proposals.”
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