Governor Signs Assemblymember Dababneh’s Bills to Improve Election Transparency and Legislator Accountability
SACRAMENTO – This past Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills authored by Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) to increase transparency in local elections and accountability for elected officials.
“The Governor today took a huge step to improve the public’s trust in local and state government,” said Assemblymember Dababneh. “My two bills will boost voter confidence, strengthen government accountability and increase transparency of the special interests involved in our elections.”
Assembly Bill (AB) 1620 expands the current “revolving door” restrictions on elected officials in the Legislature to discourage them from resigning so they can take well-paid governmental relations jobs. This new law will extend the current one-year ban specified in the California Political Reform Act so that the one-year waiting period does not begin until the adjournment of the current two-year session. This bill was supported by the California Clean Money Campaign.
“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 regain the public trust and ensure government officials are making decisions that are in the best interests of their constituents and not their future careers.”
His second bill, AB 1194 will provide voters with more details about the true cost of local bond measures on an elections ballot. This new law increases transparency by giving voters more accessible information so they can calculate the implications that bond measures could have on their property taxes.
“The purpose of AB 1194 is to be transparent in terms of the bonds impact on property taxes along with ensuring voters are fully knowledgeable about what they are voting on,” said Assemblymember Dababneh. “However, taxpayers continue to complain that information regarding the potential increase to their individual property taxes is not being clearly communicated.”
“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 Jon Coupal, President of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “That is why we support AB 1194 to give voters more data about bond measures including the average annual tax rate increase on their property taxes so they can make informed decisions.”