Veto

Patrick McGreevy
May 13, 2016 – 1:24 P.M.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed a bill that would have expanded the disclosure of lobbying activities to include those who seek to influence state officials on government procurement decisions. He said it is not necessary.

Lobbyists currently have to disclose the money they receive and the source of the payments used to try to influence state officials on policy matters.

Assemblyman Richard S. Gordon (D-Menlo Park) introduced AB 1200 to shed light on behind-the-scenes work of hired consultants interested in the awarding of $11 billion in procurement contracts by the state each year.

“In light of this substantial spending, the public should have the ability to see who, if anyone is attempting to influence the procurement process and expenditure of taxpayer dollars,” Gordon said in a letter to his colleagues.

Brown did not agree with Gordon’s argument.

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