Assemblymember Dababneh’s Bills to Improve Election Transparency and Legislator Accountability Pass Key Senate Committee
SACRAMENTO — Two bills authored by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) to increase transparency in local elections and accountability in the Legislature were approved today by the Senate Committee on Appropriations with unanimous support.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1194 will provide voters more information about the true cost of local bond measures on an elections ballot. This bill increases transparency by giving voters more accessible information so they can calculate the implications that bond measures could have on their property taxes.
“Voters should have access to as much information as possible before making decisions on bond debt that will have to be paid off through property taxes for decades to come,” stated Assemblymember Dababneh. “That is why I have authored AB 1194, a bill to give voters more data about the bond measure including the average annual tax rate increase on their property taxes so they can make informed decisions.”
The second bill, AB 1620, will strengthen the current “revolving door” restrictions on elected officials in the Legislature, further discouraging them from resigning mid-term to take well-paid governmental relations jobs. This bill would extend the current one-year cooling off period provided in the Political Reform Act to also include the time between resigning until the last day of the current two-year session.
“AB 1620 will hold politicians more accountable for finishing out their legislative duties and further discourage them from leaving mid-session for a lucrative position lobbying for big corporations,” remarked Assemblymember Dababneh. “My hope is that this bill will help the Legislature make progress in regaining the public trust and ensure government officials are making decisions that are in the best interests of those they represent, not themselves.”
“Together these bills, along with AB 249 – the California Disclose Act – which I’ve coauthored, will boost voter confidence and increase transparency of the special interests involved in our state’s elections,” said Assemblymember Dababneh.
AB 1194 is supported by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, the California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors, and the California Taxpayers Association; and AB 1620 is supported by the California Clean Money Campaign. Both bills have received bipartisan votes in the Legislature and now move to the Senate Floor for further consideration.