PROPOSITION 54 Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute. YES
This Proposition requires a few simple acts. Every bill must be posted publicly for 72 hours before it may pass out of either house. This prevents last-minute changes (“gut and amend”) by special interests that have no review. All public meetings of the Legislature must be videotaped and the videos posted online in a timely manner. This means that the Legislators’ comments and those of the public are no longer confined to the hearing room but are open to all. Third, ordinary citizens will have the right to record public hearings and share that information with anyone they choose. These three measures will have a profound benefit in ending last minute secret deals and giving citizens greater transparency within the legislative process.
The Rev Dr Rick Schlosser