Tomorrow afternoon, Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4, is up for a hearing in an Assembly Budget Subcommittee. For who do not recall ACA 4, this is bipartisan legislation that has been proposed by Senator Lois Wolk (D) and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R) that requires that before the Senate or the Assembly can vote on a bill, it must be in print (and available on the internet) for 72 hours in its final form. It also provides for an exception for urgency bills (2/3 vote) related to declared emergencies, and allows bills to be heard by committees after the contents of the bill have been available online for 15 days.
As I wrote in a column in support of ACA 4 that appeared in the Sacramento Bee, “There are three key reasons why this is a needed reform. The first is to make sure legislators are able to read, analyze and seek input on legislation before they vote on it. The second reason is the public deserves to be able to know what is being voted on by their elected officials in time to be able to express their views on legislation prior to a vote. Finally,… Read More