Lara's Government Transparency and Oversight Bills Receive Bipartisan Support

June 01, 2011

AB 229 and AB 187 Ensure Transparency and Oversight in Local Government

SACRAMENTO – Continuing his fight for transparency and oversight in local government, Assembly Member Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) received unanimous bipartisan support for his legislative package today. "We must incorporate transparency and oversight to restore the public’s trust in their local government. The bipartisan support we are garnering in the Assembly proves that everyone is ready for real change," said Assembly Member Lara.

AB 187 will allow the State Auditor to examine local governments during the course of her high-risk audit program to determine if there are any areas that are at risk of fraud, waste or mismanagement. AB 187 cleared the Assembly with a 68-0 vote.

AB 229 passed the Assembly with a 79-0 vote. AB 229 will increase accountability and transparency at cities and counties throughout the state by allowing the State Controller’s Office to develop and issue a new and consistent system of oversight for independent audits of local governments.

"These bills provide necessary checks and will make it easier to determine where there is fraud, waste or mismanagement. We are creating accountability and taxpayers will no longer be left holding the bag for unscrupulous characters," concluded Assembly Member Lara.