AB 1416, Ballot DISCLOSE Act, Passes Assembly Elections Committee
AB 1416 will show voters who supports and opposes ballot measures, on the ballot itself
Sacramento, CA -- With a vote of 6-1, the Assembly
Elections Committee passed AB 1416, the Ballot DISCLOSE
Act, authored by Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
(D-Los Angeles) and sponsored by the California Clean Money
Campaign, a bill to counteract the flood of money in ballot
measure campaigns by adding to the ballot one of the most
important pieces of information voters want: who supports
and opposes each measure.
"Voters should be able to see who supports and opposes
ballot measures right on their ballot, plain and
simple," said Assembly Member Miguel Santiago. "I
am proud to author AB 1416 because voters deserve more
transparency and information about ballot measures at an
easily accessible location -- right on the ballot
In a 2019 poll by the California Clean Money Campaign
of 661 likely California voters, 79% said it's important to
them to know who supports and opposes ballot measures when
they vote but only 21% were very confident they knew the
important supporters and opponents when they vote.
"AB 1416 by Assembly Member Santiago will finally make
it plain to California voters who is for and against the
ballot measures we're given the privilege to consider. We
need that information to decide how we vote. It's that
simple," said Senator Henry Stern (D-Los Angeles), a
co-author of the legislation.
AB 1416 will add to the ballot a short list of supporters
and opponents from the official arguments in the voter
information guide. It has rules that prevent inclusion of
sham organizations and political parties.
"I am pleased to co-author AB 1416 which would simply
list the supporters and opponents of a ballot measure in
the most looked at location, that is the ballot label. I
have always been a strong advocate for clear, unambiguous
information to be made available to voters. AB 1416 is
exactly that," said Assembly Speaker pro Tempore,
Kevin Mullin (D).
"Assembly Elections Committee Chair Isaac Bryan and the
rest of the Elections Committee took a major step towards
informing voters about who really supports and opposes
ballot measures by forwarding AB 1416 today," said
Trent Lange, President of the California Clean Money
Campaign, sponsor of AB 1416. "We look forward to
continuing to work with Assembly Member Santiago, principal
coauthors Senators Henry Stern, Ben Allen, and Tom Umberg,
plus Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin to pass AB 1416 so voters
know the truth when they vote."
AB 1416 next moves to the Assembly Appropriations Committee
which must decide whether to pass it on to the Assembly
floor by January 20.
The California Clean Money Campaign is a non-partisan
501(c)(3) organization that has been dedicated to educating
the public about the need to lessen the unfair influence of
Big Money on election campaigns since 2001. For further
information, visit www.CAclean.org.