Friday, August 29, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Wolk, Olsen use bipartisan effort to increase legislative accountability

By
From page A4 | January 24, 2013 |

State Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, introduced Tuesday identical legislation in the Senate and Assembly aiming to increase legislative accountability and public access to legislation.

The bills would put a measure before voters that, if approved, would require all legislation to be in print and online for at least three days before final passage by the Senate or Assembly.

“In the last two-year session of the state Legislature, the Senate and Assembly considered nearly 5,000 legislative proposals,” said Wolk, author of Senate Constitutional Amendment 10. “Hundreds of those became new laws, from the obscure to the significant. While most of those proposals were publicly shared and well-vetted, some were not.

“Last-minute changes to bills can leave legislators unsure of what they are voting on, and prevent the public from weighing in on proposals. 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.”

Olsen, the author of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 4, added: “Each year, the Legislature passes bills requiring greater transparency of various agencies and local governments. However, in many instances it fails to hold itself accountable to those same standards of open, transparent, citizen-driven government.”

SCA 10/ACA 4 would amend California’s Constitution to require all legislation, including the state budget, to be in print and publicly available for at least 72 hours before final passage by either house. 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.

“Public confidence in government remains low, and restoring the public’s faith will take a lot of work,” said Wolk, a longtime advocate for more accountability in government. “This constitutional amendment is a practical, meaningful proposal that will strengthen legislative accountability with increased transparency.”

SCA 10 is jointly authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, and Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, and coauthored by Olsen and Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. ACA 4 is being coauthored by Huff and Wolk.

Comments

comments

Enterprise staff

.

News

Saving Putah Creek: a quiet concert at sunset

By Elizabeth Case | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Mr. Dolcini goes to Washington

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Winton to be feted for her many years of community work

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Davis Innovation Center team fields questions

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Researchers solve mystery of Death Valley’s moving rocks

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
California extends review of $25B delta plan

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Need a new best friend?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Equestrian eventing competition slated

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Dinner, auction benefit Yolo County CASA

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Forum explores local mental health services

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Solar-cooking workshop set at Food Co-op

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Celebrate the Senior Center at Sept. 9 luncheon

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Tee off for Davis’ continued prosperity

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A4

 
Kids can sign up for a library card and get a free book

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Explorit Science Center: Volunteers supercharge summer camp

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4 | Gallery

Free blood pressure screenings offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Bodega Marine Laboratory hosts open house

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Local group charts a year’s worth of beauty in flowers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Name Droppers: UCD honors two of its own

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

 
Books, conversation and poetry at Logos

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
.

Forum

What if we need MRAP?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

 
How could tank be helpful?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: C2

Don’t sentence our police to death

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: C2, 1 Comment

 
Will Davis see river water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

Let’s sell the MRAP on eBay

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

 
Seeing both sides of ‘tank’

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: C2

Travel buddy is getting too fat

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
.

Sports

Devils scrimmage with Sac

By Wayne Tilcock | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD-Stanford: the clock is down to counting the minutes

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

Forget the score; focus on the energy brought by Aggies

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
Returning seniors, new faces lead promising DHS links squad

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devil golfers return from Scotland with smiles on their faces

By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Wire briefs: Aces cruise past Cats at Raley

By Wire and staff reports | From Page: B6

Sports briefs: DHS girls fall by the slimmest of net margins

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
.

Features

.

Arts

‘The November Man’: Who can be trusted?

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
B Street’s ‘The Ladies Foursome’ is aces

By Bev Sykes | From Page: A9 | Gallery

.

Business

Technology makes a great car better

By Ali Arsham | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

Margarita Elizondo

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Elaine Dracia Greenberg

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics