Bill to Streamline Campaign Fillings is Signed
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 895, authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), will modernize the process for submitting important campaign related information to the Secretary of State.
The Political Reform Act requires nearly all elected officials, candidates and committees to file both electronic and paper reports of donations, revenues and expenditures to the Secretary of State. Specifically, AB 895 will remove the need to submit multiple paper copies and move to electronic filing only.
“Modernizing to paperless filing requirements is a necessary change to make our current filing system more efficient,” explained Assemblymember Quirk.
“AB 895 will go a long way to help streamline and make the Secretary of State's website more efficient. We applaud Assemblyman Quirk's efforts to get this legislation passed," said David Gould, President of the California Political Treasurer's Association
“As the Secretary of State updates the CAL-Access website, AB 895 will help with his efforts. Allowing filings to be done more quickly and more compatible with the effort of local governments," stated David Montgomery, President/ECO NetFile.
“I am glad Governor Jerry Brown agrees it is time to modernize how we file campaign information to the Secretary of State. AB 895 has been carefully crafted. Ultimately, it will make it easier to submit campaign related information, and more importantly, facilitate public access,” Assemblymember Quirk said upon learning his bill was signed.
AB 895 will go into effect January 1, 2018.
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly. He is the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. He is also Chair of the Select Committee on California’s Clean Energy Economy. He is a member of the Agriculture, Public Safety, Revenue and Taxation, and Utilities and Energy Committees.