Hold Politicians Accountable - FixCal Challenge Winner - Qualifies for November Ballot

The California Legislature Transparency Act has qualified for the November 2016 ballot.

The “California Legislature Transparency Act”  idea was submitted by Sam Blakeslee to the Fix California Challenge. The idea proposed implementing a variety of open government reforms that would allow the press and public to easily access legislative information through three main provisions;

  • Amend the California State Constitution to require each bill to be in print and posted online for at least 72 hours before it may pass out of either house of the Legislature

  • Require the Legislature to make video recordings of every official public legislative meeting available online within 24 hours

  • Ensure everyone has the right to record and share public proceedings to support an informed democracy.

Tim Draper, founder of Innovate Your State, said “We applaud the proponents of the California Legislature Transparency Act for qualifying their winning idea for the November 2016 ballot. Our goal with the Fix California Challenge was to find ideas that would fix California’s governance challenges. This measure will help make government more accountable and responsive to the people it represents. I was pleased to contribute financially to the efforts and we look forward to Californians having a voice in November.“


FixCal.org originally served as the platform for the nonprofit’s Fix California Challenge, a crowdsourcing contest with the intention of finding ideas on how to fix California’s governance problems. Over the course of the challenge, nearly 500 ideas, over 1,100 comments, and over 8,000 votes were submitted to the website. Four ideas submitted through the challenge stood out and have since received additional support, including the “California Legislature Transparency Act.”

In response to the success the Fix California Challenge, Innovate Your State recently decided to relaunch FixCal.org’s “submission” page and provide an ongoing platform for people to share their ideas and input on ways to improve the state. There will be no declared challenge winners, as there was when the site was first launched, but if a submitted idea meets the criteria, it may potentially receive funding and/or support from Innovate Your State or other backers.

The premise behind the relaunch of FixCal.org is that a “Venture Governance” approach will produce fresh, innovative ideas that effectively address the problems California faces, which include, but are not limited to: revenue uncertainty, a deteriorating education system, poor business climate, uneven economic growth, eroding public trust, and low voter turnout. Everyone’s participation is needed to fix the Golden State, and FixCal.org is a vehicle to do so.

For more information on Innovate Your State, visit www.InnovateYourState.org and sign up for updates. To submit your idea or look at all ideas and votes generated from the Fix California Challenge, visit fixcal.org.

For more information on the California Legislature Transparency Act, visit http://holdpoliticiansaccountable.org/.


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