Here’s why Proposition 54 is easiest yes vote of all
The easiest yes vote on any state ballot measure before voters this November is on Proposition 54. The Legislature Transparency Act bans the California Legislature from passing a bill unless it has been available for review on the internet for at least 72 hours, with narrow exceptions for emergency situations. It also requires that all legislative proceedings be videotaped or audiotaped and allows any individual to record such proceedings, excluding closed sessions in both circumstances.
The Legislature made this measure necessary because of its leaders’ long, ugly history of gutting and amending bills in the final days of its annual session — radically changing their content — and then ramming them through to passage with minimal or no public input or debate. Former Assembly Minority Leader Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, and wealthy conservative activist Charles Munger Jr. decided enough was enough and came up with a solution, gathering signatures for the initiative that became Proposition 54.
We’ll be interested to see the ballot argument against Proposition 54: “The public must be kept in the dark because ... .”
The November ballot will be full of local and state ballot measures that require voters to make difficult choices. That’s not the case here. Yes on Proposition 54.