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Accountability depends on transparency, which is under siege

September 14, 2017

By Dan Walters, : calmatters – excerpt

If we – the California public – are to hold politicians and other government officials accountable, we must first know what they are doing or not doing.

Thus, the first point of conflict is always access to records of official action or inaction.

The current legislative session is the first one affected by a 2016 ballot measure (Proposition 54) that requires final versions of bills to be in print for 72 hours before lawmakers vote on them. They – particularly the dominant Democrats – don’t like it because it makes sneaking legislation through the process more difficult… (more)

One step forward and two steps back. The issue of arbitration versus open public courts may be taken up by the Federal Supreme Court. There are major privacy issues at stake regarding access to records, but, this article covers California laws that may overturn voter requirements for transparency and open records policies.

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