Senator Janet Nguyen Celebrates National Sunshine Week by Introducing Legislation to Increase Transparency in Local Government

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

 In observance of National Sunshine Week, Senator Janet Nguyen is proud to introduce SB 529 in an effort to increase transparency in  local government offices that maintain campaign reports.   This bill would require prompt access to campaign reports that are considered public record, but that are at times subjected to arbitrary California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests and long waiting periods that vary from one local agency to another.

“National Sunshine Week is a fitting time to introduce legislation that ensures members of the public will be free to inspect public campaign documents immediately upon request,” said Senator Nguyen.  “SB 529 removes red tape and creates consistency across city and county government offices, so that the public can easily access this important information .” 

Specifically, SB 529 would require that nomination documents and recipient committee campaign statements filed with local filing registrars be made available upon request, prohibiting the practice by some local agencies of requiring CPRA requests and imposing waiting periods to access and inspect these documents. As matters of public record, members of the public have the right to inspect local campaign reports, such as nomination documents and signatures for candidacy as well as campaign finance reports.  

SB 529 is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee and if signed into law, would be effective on January 1, 2018.