SACRAMENTO -- A national study on government transparency has given the California Legislature a D grade for failing to shine adequate sunlight on its operations.
The Sunlight Foundation issued the Transparency Report Card to show how well state legislative information is made available to the public online, judging states on factors including timeliness of information, searchability and permanence.
California was downgraded, in part, for the lack of detail provided on committee actions that would help the public understand who voted for and against bills. Although last names are provided on vote tallies, the lack of full names, party affiliation and other detail makes it harder to get a full picture of the action, said James Turk, a developer of the study.
In addition, the legislative committee websites do not include lists of who sat on the committees in the past. "They are completely absent,’’ he said.