While it is still early in the legislative process there are several bills that have been introduced of interest to newspapers and more to come by the bill introduction deadline next Friday.
AB 2028 by Assemblywoman Cecelia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters)
This bill would require that the meeting notice distributed by a state agency include all writings or materials provided to a member of the state body for the meeting. The bill would also require these writings and materials to be made available on the internet at least 10 days in advance of the meeting and that a state body may only distribute or discuss these writings or materials at a meeting of the state body if it has complied with these requirements.
AB 2151 by Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City)
This bill would require local governments to post campaign filing information to their websites within 72 hours of a filing deadline, ensuring prompt access to the information. It would also require that the records be made available for four years from the date of the applicable election.
SB 956 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara)
This bill would create an independent advisory body to review and assess major tax expenditures and make recommendations to the Legislature. Through a new or existing research center at the University of California, major expenditures would be comprehensively reviewed and assessed, including any new sales tax exemptions, and recommendations would be made to the Legislature.