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California election officials would have until 2019 to repair or replace the state's antiquated campaign finance database under a bill sent to Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday.
Senate Bill 1349 would require the changes to Cal-Access, the online campaign contribution and lobbying database first created in the late 1990s.
"The last time the Cal-Access program was redone, your mobile phone weighed 10 pounds," said state Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys), the author of SB 1349.
The bill does not, however, provide funding for the system overhaul. That cost is estimated at $11.6 million for the actual project, with ongoing costs of about $2.8 million a year to maintain a new system.