An initiative prohibiting the Legislature from passing any bill unless it has been in print and published on the Internet for at least 72 hours before the vote, except in cases of public emergency, has qualified for the November ballot, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced.
What backers have dubbed as the California Legislature Transparency Act would also require the Legislature to make audiovisual recordings of all its proceedings, except closed session proceedings, and post them on the internet within 24 hours.
The initiative would also authorize any person to make a video or audio recording of legislative proceedings, except closed session proceedings, and allows recordings of legislative proceedings to be used for any legitimate purpose, without payment of any fee to the state.
Passage of the initiative would result in increased costs to state government of potentially $1 million to $2 million initially and about $1 million annually for making additional legislative proceedings available in audiovisual form on the internet, according to an analysis conducted by the Legislative Analyst’s Office and Department of Finance.
The initiative required valid signatures from 585,407 registered voters – – 8 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the 2014 general election — to qualify for the ballot, according to Padilla.
“Qualification of the California Legislature Transparency Act finally gives voters the opportunity to improve the way business is done at our state Capitol, helping ensure lawmakers and the public have ample time to review bills before they are signed into law,” said Ruben Guerra, chairman of the Latin Business Association, which supports passage of the initiative.
—City News Service