FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2014
CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029
Senate Committee Votes Against Public’s Right to Know
Huff Legislation Promoting Open Government Derailed in PERSS
SACRAMENTO: The Senate Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security (PERSS) has taken action to defeat a measure authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) that would have made state government more accountable to the people it serves. SB 1288 would have prevented the State Legislature from approving any measure that contains more than one Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
MOU’s are less formal agreements and include fewer details and complexities than found in contracts. Agreements between labor unions and the State Legislature often feature multiple MOUs bundled into a single bill, which contain last minute pay raises and pension perks that are often shielded from public view.
“I’m somewhat disappointed that the members who serve on this committee would vote against the idea of greater public trust and accountability from elected officials,” said Senator Huff following the committee vote. “By limiting one MOU per bill for legislative approval, SB 1288 would have provided the critical transparency that we sorely need throughout the budget process.”
It is common practice to load multiple MOUs into one bill, ensuring that objectionable provisions cannot be voted against. This practice does not allow legislators to keep the best interest of the taxpayers they serve at the forefront of their voting decisions.
Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.