Assembly Fires Opening Salvo on Reform

In this update: 1. New Assembly leaders steer different course on budget-season fundraising 2. GAB to set wheels in motion on disclosure rule Assembly Fires Opening Salvo on Reform 

Email date: 1/14/09

In this update:
1. New Assembly leaders steer different course on budget-season fundraising
2. GAB to set wheels in motion on disclosure rule

Democrats who now control the state Assembly are putting in place a rule in the Legislature’s lower house banning campaign fundraising during the state budget process, something the Democracy Campaign has long sought.

WDC and other reform advocates pushed for legislation last session prohibiting the practice. It was approved by a Senate committee but never taken up by the full Senate. The Assembly, controlled at the time by Republicans, kept the bill bottled up. The bill is being readied for reintroduction in the new Legislature.

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On the agenda for tomorrow’s Government Accountability Board meeting are the formal procedural steps needed to send the electioneering disclosure rule the board approved in November to the Legislature for review and approval.

The six retired judges who make up the GAB also will consider going on record in support of reform legislation creating publicly financed state Supreme Court elections as well as changes allowing greater transparency in the GAB’s investigations.

In December 2007, all seven members of the Supreme Court signed a letter calling for "realistic, meaningful public financing" for high court races.