Assembly Accountability Committee Approves Cooley's Government Accountability, Transparency Bills

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(Rancho Cordova)- Assemblyman Ken Cooley announced the unanimous approval by the Assembly Accountability Committee of two bills that strengthen the accountability and transparency requirements for state agencies. The bills, AB 12 and AB 117, respectively, are part of the Assemblyman's overall strategy to make state government more efficient and answerable to all Californians.

"As a guardian of the public trust, I want to ensure that California's regulations are not burdensome for our businesses and every taxpayer dollar spent is a dollar spent efficiently," said Cooley. "My bills strengthen the accountability and transparency of the major regulatory adoption process and provide for more legislative oversight of state agencies."

AB 12 requires the Department of Finance to review economic impact reports on major regulations to ensure state agencies have complied with their requirements. It further requires the Office of Administrative Law to make public notice on its website of state agencies who fail to properly comply with the economic impact reports provisions.

"The public has a right to know which government agencies are actively working to meet their needs in a manner consistent with state law," continued Cooley. "This requirement gives an added incentive to agencies to make sure they are in compliance with the law."

The second bill, AB 117, updates the Financial Integrity and State Manager's Accountability Act (FISMA), to require the Department of Finance, State Controller, and State Auditor to create guidelines for conducting independent monitoring of state agencies. FISMA was updated during the last legislative session to require this monitoring as an additional check on internal auditing procedures.

Still, there was no guidance on how these internal independent monitors should function in the overall framework of an agency's structure. The guidelines and procedures created under AB 117 will ensure that the person looking into the agency's finances remains independent and objective and follows appropriate best practices for monitoring similar to the private sector.

The Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review committee unanimously approved both measure by 13-0 votes.

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Assemblyman Ken Cooley represents the 8th Assembly District which includes the communities of Arden-Arcade, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova, Rancho Murieta, Rosemont, Wilton and other portions of unincorporated Sacramento County.

CONTACT: Jillena Hernandez, (916) 281-4832