Proposition 54: The Public Display of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote proposition (YES)

Proposition 54: The Public Display of Legislative Bills Prior to Vote proposition (YES)

Explanation: Proposition 54 prohibits the legislature from passing any bill until it has been in print and published on the Internet for 72 hours prior to the vote.

BWW Analysis: As an organization that is often engaged in the state legislative process, we understand how sometimes legislation needs to move fast. However when it comes to accountability, we think a 72 hour period for all parties involved is actually a good thing. Having a period of time for both elected officials and advocates to see any changes before a major floor vote protects against sneaky amendments and backroom dealing. In addition this prop requires that within 24 hours, the legislature publish online audiovisual recordings of the public proceedings and allows any individual to make an audio or visual recording of such public proceedings for any legitimate purpose. This all increases transparency and we believe these measures will be good overall to the state legislative process.

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