(Sacramento, CA)— Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) is pleased to announce that Governor Brown has signed Assembly Bill 732 into law. The bill passed through both houses of the Legislature with unanimous support.
AB 732 requires an explanatory table, which will appear in the ballot pamphlet, summarizing the Legislative Analyst's estimate of the net state and local government fiscal impact of statewide bond measures. The bill, which stems from a recommendation by the Little Hoover Commission, would provide additional clarity to voters on statewide bond measures.
“The 2009 Little Hoover Report suggests improving the information given to voters in order to help them have a clearer picture of the implications of approving or rejecting a state bond measure. One specific recommendation is to “include in the voter guide an easy-to-read chart or report card developed by the Legislative Analyst’s Office that assists voters in more completely understanding the fiscal context of and potential tradeoffs that result from their decisions on the ballot,” stated Buchanan.
“I believe that during such difficult fiscal times, voters need as much information as possible when voting on measures that will lead to decades of fiscal obligations,” Buchanan continued.
The Governor announced that he had signed AB 732 along with a group of reform bills all designed to “protect the state budget and strengthen fiscal stability in California.”
For an example of what the explanatory table would look like please contact my office.
Contact: Susanna Schlendorf, (916) 319-2015