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California lawmakers scrutinized on complying with voter-approved transparency law

CA Fwd encourages a responsible reading of law intended to prevent last-minute bill changes Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

New FPPC tool makes it easier to explore state official payments data

State political watchdog agency launches search site for finding payments requested by state officials Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Something very important happened in Sacramento this week in full view of public

Voting on transportation bill, Legislature passed important transparency test put in place by voters Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Legislature could be on road to transparency, accountability with transportation bill

California's road-funding bill sets up high-profile test of new voter-approved transparency rules Read More

Categories: Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

VIDEO: How data can link money, influence and legislation in state politics

Bringing money in state politics into the light expands voter knowledge Read More

Categories: Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Modernization of California’s political ethics law moves into final phases

Project to simplify state's Political Reform Act to bring streamlined draft to Legislature Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Data on money in politics provide essential infrastructure for a 50 State Solution

Hard facts about political campaign spending are critical to judging how well reforms are working Read More

Categories: 50 State, Democracy, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

CA Fwd showed how to make progress in divisive year of politics

2016 successes in transparency and accountability show potential for gains in 2017 Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Elections Funding Project, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Public gets second opportunity to help simplify California’s political ethics law

Political Reform Act Revision Project invites second round of public comment next week Read More

Categories: Democracy, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Transparency

Simplifying California’s political ethics law could even the playing field

Project should help local candidates trying to navigate complex Political Reform Act say campaign consultants Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

California Legislative Wrap-up: Moving transparency and accountability forward

CA Fwd lays out how the cause of encouraging elected officials to be more responsive and accountable took steps forward this year Read More

Categories: Democracy, Cal-Access, Citizens Redistricting Commission, Elections, Redistricting, Tech-enhanced Government, Open data, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Time is right for making California’s landmark political ethics law clearer says co-author

Q&A with Political Reform Act co-author Bob Stern on modernizing law for 21st century Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Prop 54 supporters make their case for increased transparency

November ballot initiative would require all open legislative hearings be recorded and made available Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Transparency

Head of California’s watchdog agency dedicated to “helping people do the right thing”

FPPC Chair Jodi Remke prioritized improving transparency and simplifying ethics law while strictly enforcing serious violations. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Public adds voice to project to modernize California’s political ethics law

Californians who deal with state's Political Reform Act praise goals of project to simplify law's language Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

VIDEO: Modernizing California’s Political Reform Act draws capitol crowd

Simplifying California's complex political ethics law to increase participation is the focus of Sacramento event Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Local candidates seek more clarity in California’s Political Reform Act

Office seekers welcome simplification of convoluted a state ethics law that adds time and confusion to running in elections. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Project to modernize California’s Political Reform Act takes stage in L.A.

Public interest in work to simplify state's political ethics law drew an audience of lawyers, public servants, academics and concerned citizens in Los Angeles. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Elections, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

Public now has chance to help modernize California’s Political Reform Act

Project to update the state's fundamental political ethics law now inviting comment and holding public info sessions. Read More

Categories: Democracy, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

VIDEO: Watch webinar intro to project simplifying California’s Political Reform Act

Introductory video lays out the goals and timeline to modernize the states political ethics law and how the public can participate Read More

Categories: Democracy, Political Reform Act, Tech-enhanced Government, Accountability, Transparency, Governance Reform, Accountability, Elections, Transparency

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