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Victory for California Voters: Governor Signs Ballot Initiative Transparency Act

Today, the Governor signed into law landmark legislation that will modernize California’s initiative process.

State Assembly Passes Initiative Reform on Bipartisan Vote

Today the California State Assembly passed Senate Bill 1253, the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act (BITA) with bipartisan support (43 ayes – 21 noes). The initiative reform bill is authored by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and is co-authored by Senators Galgiani, Leno, Lieu and Wolk as well as Assembly Members Gatto, Mullin, Quirk-Silva, and Ting.

Ballot Initiative Transparency Act Heads to the Assembly Floor

The Ballot Initiative Transparency Act (Senate Bill (SB) 1253, carried by pro Tem Darrell Steinberg), passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and now heads to the Assembly for a floor vote.

Ballot Initiative Transparency Act -- to CLARIFY and SIMPLIFY California's initiative process -- Passes Senate Committee

With nearly eight in 10 California voters supporting improvements to the state's initiative process that increase clarity and provide voters more information, SB 1253 (Steinberg) was approved Tuesday by the State Senate's Elections Committee.

Confusing, secret initiative process is ripe for reform

Op-ed in the Sacramento Bee written by Kathay Feng of California Common Cause and Helen Hutchison of League of Women Voters.

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