SB 52, a measure by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), could hurt the ability of public employee unions to engage in future elections in support of measures such as Proposition 30, to prevent drastic cuts to education and vital state services, or to defeat Proposition 32, that would have silenced our voices in the electoral process.
SB 52 would repeal existing laws requiring the disclosure of the top two funding sources of $50,000 or more on advertisements supporting and opposing ballot measures. And while we always support transparency and full disclosures and disclaimers in campaigns, SB 52 lacks clarity in its definition by requiring the disclosure of "identifiable contributors" on ballot measure political advertising and leaves it up to the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulations that do not exist.
Adoption of this measure could have a detrimental impact on the voices of educator and labor organizations representing hundreds of thousands of members as we communicate on ballot issues impacting education, health and safety of state residents, including children, and more.
Visit the Legislative Action Center to identify your Assembly Member and then call or write your legislator in opposition to SB 52.