California State Senate chamber (Photo Credit: Ben Franske/Wikimedia)
Voters Approve Proposition 54
Approved by more than 64 percent of voters in the November 2016 election, Proposition 54:
- Requires the Legislature to distribute and post online legislation in its final form for at least 72 hours before a final floor vote by either house.
- Requires the Legislature to post online a video record of every legislative meeting that is supposed to be open to the public.
- Allows all individuals to create and share their own recordings of legislative proceedings.
More About Prop 54
Enactment of Prop. 54 will help ensure legislative proceedings are conducted fairly and openly, and enable the public to observe and share what is happening in the Legislature so citizens may more fully participate in the political process. No longer will proposed laws be rushed through the legislature without the ability of the public to know what is going on and weigh in on policy that impacts them.
“We have long promoted this idea because it reduces the ability of the special interests from having their way with the legislators at the last minute,” said Jim Mayer, who has headed CA Fwd since it was founded in 2007. “Giving legislators, their staffs and the public time to review last-minute changes in legislation is a common-sense practice that will improve governance in California.”
Prop. 54 supporters include the League of Women Voters of California, the California Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business/CA, Latin Business Association, California Common Cause, the California NAACP, the First Amendment Coalition, and the Planning and Conservation League, among many others.
For democracies to work, elected leaders need to be responsive and representative, and voters must be able to hold elected officials accountable for results. The 72-hour rule is another good idea toward reaching that goal.
The Hold Politicians Accountable Committee led this effort and CA Fwd was proud to lend its support.
Prop 54 Endorsements
- California Forward
- The San Diego Union-Tribune
- East Bay Times
- The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
- The Press Democrat
- The Bakersfield Californian
- The San Francisco Chronicle
- Los Angeles Times
- Ventura County Star
- Goleta City Council
- Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
- League of Women Voters of California
- California Taxpayers Association
- Hanford Sentinel
- The Orange County Register
- The Highlander
- Assemblyman Jay Obernolte
- Congressman Tom McClintock
- The Marin County Board of Supervisors
- The Press Enterprise