Calderon Legislation Creating Online Transparency Database for Elected Officials Passes Assembly Floor
SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bill 1004, a measure that would create a one-stop searchable database for citizens to find contact information for their elected officials at all levels of government, was approved on the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support.
“Technology is a critical tool that can be used to increase civic participation and education,” stated Majority Leader Calderon. “AB 1004 will allow Californians to instantly access the contact information of their elected representatives at all levels of government.”
According to the Pew Research Center, only 21% of adults nationwide recently contacted an elected official about an issue important to them. The Millennial generation, accustomed to quickly having access to information at their fingertips, will benefit from the infusion of technology into democracy. In the same study, the Pew Research Center found young adults under 24 were more likely to engage in political activity through the Internet and social media sites.
AB 1004 requires the Secretary of State to establish an online database of elected federal, state and local officials. The database will allow Californians to type in their address and instantly learn who represents them at the aforementioned levels of government and include each elected official’s phone number, email address and office address.
AB 1004 is supported by AFSCME, Inyo County Registrar of Voters, California Clean Money Campaign, and Teamsters.
Contact: Lerna Shirinian (562) 692-5858