2016 California Proposition 54

Proposition 54
Legislative Procedure Requirements
Votes %
Yes 8,607,266 65.37%
No 4,559,903 34.63%
Valid votes 13,167,169 90.12%
Invalid or blank votes 1,443,340 9.88%
Total votes 14,610,509 100.00%
Registered voters/turnout 19,411,771 75.27%
Results by county
  Yes     No
Source: California Secretary of State[1]

Proposition 54 is a California ballot proposition that passed on the November 8, 2016 ballot. It requires the recording and posting of videos of public meetings of the State Legislature. The measure requires the recordings to be posted on the internet within 24 hours of a meeting, available online for at least 72 hours before a bill can be passed, and downloadable for at least 20 years. The measure also allows members of the public to record meetings.[2]

Arguments for the measure stated that it would increase transparency in the Legislature and provide time for bills to be reviewed by the public before going to vote.[3][4] Arguments against the measure stated that it would slow down the legislative process, and give lobbying efforts time to campaign after a bill has already been completed.[5]

Proposition 54 was approved by voters.[6]


  1. ^ "Statement of Vote - November 8, 2016, General Election". December 16, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  2. ^ "Proposition 54. Legislature. Legislation and Proceedings. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute". Legislative Analyst's Office. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  3. ^ Noon, Alison (8 October 2016). "Proposition 54 would put California bills online for 3 days". Eureka Times-Standard. Associated Press. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  4. ^ Hutchison, Helen; Casazza, Teresa. "Prop. 54 will make Legislature more transparent, accountable". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  5. ^ Torres, Art. "Prop. 54 plays into the hands of special interests". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  6. ^ Myers, John (November 9, 2016). "Legislature will have to pass bills under new transparency rules set by Proposition 54". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 7, 2016.

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