SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D-Discovery Bay) has introduced a good government bill to increase transparency at the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA). Assembly Bill 939 would require CalEPA and its boards, departments and offices (BDOs), including the Air Resources Board, to publish material and presentations at least 72 hours prior to workshops, hearings or any proceeding that involves the public.
“Regulations developed by CalEPA’s BDOs, especially the Air Resources Board, have far-reaching impacts on all Californians and they are increasingly complex,” Frazier said. “In recent years, CalEPA’s BDOs have waited until the last minute to release crucial material and presentations relating to regulatory proceedings, failing to give the public and stakeholders time to prepare for public testimony at these proceedings. This lack of transparency creates confusion and uncertainty and is not how open government should operate. In 2016 California voters required the Legislature to make bills public 72 hours before they can be voted on. AB 939 expands this requirement to include the CalEPA, requiring its BDOs to make these materials public at least 72 hours in advance.”
Assemblymembers Joaquin Arambula, Autumn Burke, Jim Cooper, Tom Daly, Tim Grayson, James Ramos and Rudy Salas have signed on to joint-author AB 939 with Frazier.
“AB 939 won’t cost taxpayers anything, but it will greatly increase transparency at one of the state’s most important agencies,” Frazier added.
AB 939 has been assigned to the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee for its first examination. A hearing date has not been set yet.
Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which encompasses a large cross section of the Delta in Central Solano, Eastern Contra Costa and Southern Sacramento counties, and includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.
CONTACT: Andrew Bird (916) 319-2011 Andrew.Bird@asm.ca.gov