Assembly Calls Back Bills Passed in Violation of Prop. 54

by Placerville Newswire / Sep 05, 2017 / comments

[William Kolkey]
 
SACRAMENTO – Today the State Assembly brought back for a Final Form Concurrence Vote the first of several bills that had passed the Assembly unconstitutionally in April, by violating the 72-hour notice requirement of Proposition 54.
 
Assemblyman Kiley, who has authored legislation to conform Assembly rules with the requirements of Proposition 54, welcomed the return of the legislation in a speech on the Assembly floor.
 
“Today’s vote puts the bills on firmer legal footing, and I am glad that Assembly leadership appears to be acknowledging its mistake,” Assemblyman Kiley said. “We should use this unprecedented moment as a reminder that we in the Legislature are bound by the law, and that we work for and at the pleasure of the people of California.”
 
A concurrence vote on a bill that did not receive amendments or changes in the Senate is unprecedented, and marks a departure from the original position of Assembly leaders, who argued in April that Proposition 54 only applied to a vote in the second house that passed a bill. Efforts to circumvent the transparency requirements of Proposition 54 were criticized by Assembly Republicans, the editorial boards of California’s leading newspapers, and good government groups across the state, including California Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, and California Forward.
 
Proposition 54 was overwhelmingly passed by California voters last year, and requires that bills be printed, distributed to members, and published on the Internet at least 72 hours before a floor vote in each house of the Legislature.

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Assemblyman Kevin Kiley represents the 6th Assembly District, which includes the Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County communities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Penryn, Rocklin, Roseville, and Sheridan.