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DeSaulnier After First Hearing of Select Committee on Improving State Government
The Capitol hearing was the first of five hearings scheduled to be held around the state over the next three months. The next hearings include Nov. 12 in the Bay Area, Dec. 3 in Los Angeles, Dec. 15 in the Central Valley, and Jan. 12 in Sacramento. Specific locations are yet to be determined.
Senator DeSaulnier reflects on the first hearing of the Select Committees on Improving State Government
Finding Concrete Ways to Transform Our Government
(Sacramento) Assemblymember Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles), Assembly Chair of the newly formed Assembly and Senate Select Committee on Improving State Government, opened the first hearing today by pledging to work to find common ground in the effort to provide more transparency and accountability in state government. Assemblymember Feuer said he is confident that the committees will find concrete solutions that will make government more efficient, open and customer friendly. The Chair also said that one of the keys to improving state government is long term planning and better oversight on programs that are already in place.
State Legislature Begins Major Reform Effort
First of several hearings focuses on Legislative and Budget processes
(Sacramento) – Today the Senate and Assembly Select Committees on Improving State Government held the first in a series of joint hearings. Senate Chair Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord) and Assembly Chair Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) led the discussion on legislative branch and budget process reforms. Read more...
- Assemblymember Feuer’s opening remarks at today’s hearing. (2:28)
- Assemblymember Feuer says its clear state government needs to be transformed.
- Assemblymember Feuer says the committee is looking for concrete results that make California government more efficient, transparent and customer friendly.
- Assemblymember Feuer says everyone on the committee is dedicated to finding the common ground needed to forge real solutions.
- Assemblymember Feuer gives two examples of areas where both Democrats and Republicans are hoping to improve state government.
- Assemblymember Feuer says the public will support a legislature that succeeds at solving the state’s most difficult problems.
Making State Government More Efficient, Customer Friendly
(Sacramento) - Assembly Speaker Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles) joined Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) to announce the creation of the Assembly and Senate Select Committees on Improving State Government. The committee will look at ways to make the Legislature more transparent and effective and make state government more efficient and customer friendly. The Joint Committee will be tasked with: giving Californians more value for their tax dollars by making government more efficient and accountable; cutting through the gridlock caused by outmoded rules and undue partisanship; making government more transparent and accessible from around the state; diminishing the influence of special interests; and making government more customer-friendly.
- Speaker Bass’ opening statement to the media at September’s news conference. (2:12)
- Speaker Bass reviews some of the broad goals of the new Assembly and Senate Select Committees on Improving State Government. (:22)
- Speaker Bass says she’s excited about the potential changes the Committee will be bringing back to the legislature. (:14)
- Assemblymember Feuer’s opening statement to the media at September's news conference. (2:01)
- Assemblymember Feuer says the Committee will have a very ambitious agenda. (:20)
- Assemblymember Feuer says there are areas of government that both Republicans and Democrats want addressed. (:24)