SACRAMENTO – Legislative Democrats today circumvented a legitimate state budget process by approving legislation that paves the way for passage of a brokered budget deal later this spring. Senator Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, responded to the approval of these “spot” bills:
“Today’s vote once again proves to the people of California that legislative Democrats have little intention of being transparent about the state budget process. These so-called ‘spot’ bills, void of any substance, simply facilitate what has become an annual shell game, with controversial public policy being inserted at the last minute and almost no chance for the public to review and scrutinize it. Actions like these contribute to the distrust so many have for this institution.
“Our state and nation are built on the premise of a government of, for, and by the people. Citizens are deprived of this right if what happens in the halls of the Capitol is shrouded in secrecy. That is why I’ve proposed four times now legislation that would require budget bills to be in print and online at least 72 hours before any vote of the Senate or Assembly. Sacramento must commit itself to increasing transparency and openness. It’s the taxpayers’ money, not the legislature’s.”
In January, Morrell introduced Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 to promote greater budget transparency. It is currently pending committee referral.