State lawmakers keep their schedules private
April 2, 2010
California lawmakers, supposedly public servants, continue to keep their daily schedules private, despite attempts by the Associated Press to gain access to 2009 records. [Associated Press]
All but one of the 120 current members of the Senate and the Assembly refused to reveal their appointment calendars, valuable information that would list whom lawmakers meet with and where they go.
The sole exception was state Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) who was prohibited from following through by the Senate Rules Committee.
“They serve the public, they work on the public’s dime, and their time should be open to the public for review to the extent that they are working on public matters,” said Kathay Feng, executive director of California Common Cause.
Advocates suggest that when lawmakers are considering important state issues, such as water, it would be helpful to know how often they might be meeting with lobbyists and other special interest groups.