The California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted to support the Ballot Measure Transparency Act of 2022, which proposes to amend the Constitution and state statutes to transfer responsibility for preparation of ballot materials from the Attorney General to the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO).
“Voters should have the expectation of clear, accurate and useful descriptions of ballot measures to help them make an informed decision when they vote,” said CalChamber President and CEO Jennifer Barrera. “This initiative will take bias and politics out of official descriptions of ballot measures.”
The CalChamber Board of Directors supports this change because many voters only see and consider the titles, summaries, and ballot labels when casting their votes. This places a high premium on objective and accurate ballot information, according to CalChamber.
“The LAO has delivered consistent, objective and high-quality work products over decades as an independent, nonpartisan, trusted source of policy analysis,” said Barrera. “Moving the ballot information process to the LAO will ensure greater integrity in the initiative process.”
The California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) is the largest broad-based business advocate to government in California. Membership represents one-quarter of the private sector jobs in California and includes firms of all sizes and companies from every industry within the state. Leveraging our front-line knowledge of laws and regulations, we provide products and services to help businesses comply with both federal and state law. CalChamber, a not-for-profit organization with roots dating to 1890, promotes international trade and investment in order to stimulate California’s economy and create jobs. Please visit our website at www.calchamber.com.