California Assembly Committee Votes Down Open Budget Talks

SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — A committee that oversees spending in the California Assembly has voted against considering a lawmaker’s proposal to approve Assembly budgets in public.

The Assembly Rules Committee voted 6-5 Monday not to take up a resolution by Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino this year.

Portantino’s proposal requires the committee to set lawmakers’ budgets more equitably and consider them in a public meeting. Officials would also be required to publish quarterly spending updates.

Republicans on the committee and one Democrat supported Portantino’s resolution on Monday.

A feud between the La Canada-Flintridge lawmaker and Assembly Speaker John Perez, a fellow Democrat, has erupted into a debate about the Legislature’s public records policy.

Committee chairwoman Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley, said a task force she is heading will review the law by January.

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  • Joe

    Put this in front of the voters, although that won’t do anything, just look at prop 8, what good does voting do anyways, the elected officials are corrupt and won’t cooperate. They don’t want to make their budgets public because they know they will get voted out office. Sacramento and Washington need a reality check!

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