Email date: 6/16/09
In this update:
1. Reform bills get committee OK
2. Why health care reform is so elusive
The Assembly Elections and Campaign Reform Committee today approved the Impartial Justice bill reforming state Supreme Court elections and electioneering disclosure legislation closing the "issue ad" loophole interest groups are exploiting to secretly pump huge sums of money into state elections.
The committee voted 4-3 to send the Supreme Court election reform measure, Assembly Bill 65, to the full Assembly for consideration. The vote on the issue ad disclosure legislation, Assembly Bill 63, was 6-1.
Committee chairman Jeff Smith was joined by Representatives Jim Soletski, Fred Kessler and Kelda Roys in voting for AB 65, while Representatives Jeff Stone, Don Pridemore and Roger Roth voted against the bill. On AB 63, Smith, Soletski, Kessler and Roys were joined by Roth and Pridemore voting yes, with Stone voting no. Representative Annette Polly Williams was absent for both votes.
Making change is never easy and it never comes quickly. Those working for campaign reforms like Supreme Court election reform and legislation closing the issue ad loophole know this all too well. So do health care reformers. The public clearly wants our broken system fixed, but the fate of health care reform remains very much in doubt. Our latest Big Money Blog offers 113 million reasons why that is.