Hot off the heels of last month’s regulatory advance, the California FPPC took action today to further improve the integrity of state campaign finance law.Continue reading
Though pollsters see campaign finance reform as a nonstarter on the campaign trail. A proposed rulemaking in the wake of the Supreme Court's McCutcheon decision sparked an outpouring of public interest as letter-writing campaigns drew thousands of comments.Continue reading
We asked a diverse set of leaders on the forefront of advocating for civic engagement, civic technology, government accountability and open government to weigh in on what President Obama should say in tonight’s State of the Union.Continue reading
Sunlight's Docket Wrench helps identify the federal regulations that drew the most public comment in 2014 -- and who is driving the traffic. Here's hoping 2015 brings more agency participation in regulations.gov!Continue reading
As Justice Louis Brandeis said (I think), states can serve as laboratories of democracy. Out of the Land of Lincoln comes an idea, an effort proponents say is a first step in restoring transparency to lawmaking in the Prairie State.
Citizens and activist groups are attempting to pass the "Show Us" amendment to the Illinois Constitution that would require a three week (21 days) delay from the date all non-emergency bills are introduced to when they receive a final vote. The goal is to give citizens an opportunity to know what the legislature is voting on and give input. Proponents, headed by the Illinois Democracy Project, decry what they call "drive-by legislation," where devious legislators slyly insert changes into bills at the last moment, without other members of the assembly, the press and the public knowing. "Currently a bill could be passed in fewer than 90 minutes, often without legislators having time to read the entire document or knowing exactly what the bill entails," said IDP's executive director as quoted by the Collinsville (Ill.) Herald.Continue reading