Among the hundreds of bills now on their way to Gov.
Of course, Yee has a special reason to press a bill dealing with the secretary's duties: He is a candidate for that office in next June's primary, along with fellow Democrats Derek Cressman (formerly of Common Cause) and state Sen.
It is certainly true that Cal-Access as it exists today fails to meet the public's needs; it is an embarrassing relic of the early Internet era. But more needs to be done than merely to update the online campaign disclosure hardware and software. California law also needs to be amended to require timely reporting of donations.
Consider the most recent three weeks of the legislative session, which ended Thursday. Before voting on the final slate of bills, many lawmakers met a couple of blocks from the Capitol with interest groups and lobbyists who slid their credit cards through clever little attachments on the politicians' campaign smartphones. Voters might just like to know how much money was donated to incumbent lawmakers, for example, by the private prison companies or the correctional officers union before the Legislature brokered a deal that may put several hundred million dollars — money Californians agreed to pay via last year's Proposition 30 for better schools, not bigger prisons — in the donors' pockets.