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Wolk submits bill for legislation transparency

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From page A3 | January 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

FAIRFIELD — A bill introduced Tuesday could force all legislation to be put in print and placed online for 72 hours before it is passed by the state Senate or Assembly.

Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, submitted identical bills that would be placed in front of voters if approved. The constitutional amendments would be titled SCA 10 and ACA 4.

“Last-minute changes to bills can leave legislators unsure of what they are voting on and prevent the public from weighing in on proposals,” Wolk said in a release. “If approved by voters, this constitutional amendment would ensure public access to laws before they are passed from the Legislature while maintaining sufficient flexibility for the Legislature to do its work.”

The bills, if passed, would also cover the state budget. The only bills that would be exempt from this requirement would be those required to respond to a state of emergency declared by the governor.

The proposed amendment, which has bipartisan support, also would allow legislative committees to begin reviewing bills after 15 days rather than 30 days as currently required if the language to be considered is both in print and posted online.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or dbernardini@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.
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  • JoseJanuary 23, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    I think this is a great idea. Especially now that the current trend in all our levels of government is to become more and more opaque and try and avert rather than solicit the public opinion.

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