State Lawmakers Stall Bill that would Reveal their Salaries Online
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In wake of the city of Bell sky high salary scandal, everyone wants more transparency. State controller John Chiang will post all city and county salaries from around the state online in November, but to get elected state officials to post their own salaries, as well as their staffs', that's a harder proposition. Here's what happening, per the LA Times:Instead, some lawmakers want to be "transparent" by approving an internal rule, which can be changed easily and without must notice. Prediction: it will someday end up as a ballot prop for voters to decide on.
The pay-disclosure bill causing trouble is by Assemblywoman Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills). She said Thursday that Senate officials told her the measure, which the Assembly has yet to address, was going to be killed. She said senators believe they'll be doing enough for public disclosure if they pass a bill requiring city and county officials to post their salaries on the Internet. Huber sees it differently. "We shouldn't be asking local government to do something we are not willing to do," she said.