Ending Backroom Deals with California Legislature Transparency Act

press_release_iconThe Legislature should work for voters, not special interests
Californians are paying more for gas because of a hidden gas tax imposed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), but many people are unaware these taxes are imposed in a secret auction run by a Delaware-based subsidiary of CARB.

Legislation was passed exempting this subsidiary, known as “WCI, Inc.,” from California’s open meetings laws, thereby giving speculators the ability to trade carbon credits in secret – costs that are eventually passed on to all of us in the form of higher gas prices.  The legislation exempting WCI from open meetings laws was buried in a budget trailer bill over 100 pages long and approved the next day with no committee hearings.  It is unlikely anyone ever read it.

Now, a new initiative proposal would help end the backroom deals and return power to the people.  It would ensure legislators can read proposals before voting on them and that citizens have the chance to give input.

Unfortunately, we have less than a month to gather thousands of signatures, so we need your help.  If you are part of a group you can circulate signatures among, or even just want to circulate signatures among your family, please contact us now to request petitions.  We need your help!


The California Legislature Transparency Act would restore legislative transparency and level the playing field for the average voter to hold politicians accountable – by doing three things:

  1. Requires the Legislature to post each bill online for at least 72 hours before voting on it on the floor of either house
  2. Requires the Legislature to post online a video record of every legislative meeting that is supposed to be open to the public
  3. Allows all individuals to create and share their own recordings of legislative proceedings

Signatures must be received back by April 18th, so we have a very short window of opportunity to make a difference!  That’s why it’s so important you request petitions now and help get this important reform on the November ballot.




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