Calderon Legislation Creating Online Transparency Portal for Elected Officials Passes Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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 by the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee 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 increase accessibility and make it easier for Californians, especially the younger generation, to contact their representatives and receive up-to-date information.”

According to the Pew Research Center, only 21% of adults nationwide recently contacted an elected official about an issue important to them. 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.

The path to finding local officials information either lead to scouring through previous election results and calling city officials to confirm results or searching through countless city websites. The prevalence of technology provides the government with tools to increase civic education and participation. The Millennial generation, accustomed to quickly having access to information at their fingertips, will benefit greatly from the infusion of technology into democracy.

AB 1004 would allow the Secretary of State to contract with a third-party vendor to establish an online database of elected federal, state, county and city officials. The database will allow Californians to type in their address and instantly learn who represents them at all levels of government, including 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

Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon was elected in November 2012 to represent California's 57th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Industry, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier and the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights, Bassett, East La Mirada, East Whittier, Los Nietos-West Whittier, South San Jose Hills, South Whittier, and Hacienda Heights.