Sacramento – Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin’s elections legislation headed to Governor Brown reflects his commitment to disclosure in political ads, voter accessibility, empowerment and engagement.
AB 2188, The Social Media DISCLOSE Act, will be a nation leading campaign finance disclosure law on political ads appearing on social media platforms. After the 2016 election, it became increasingly clear that while political ads appearing on social media platforms had significant influence on voters, they were largely unaware of who was paying for them.
“Campaign ads on social media have taken on a life of their own,” Mullin stated. “AB 2188 extends the requirements of AB 249 (the DISCLOSE Act) to social media, giving voters the ability to see the top three funders of political ads on the various social media platforms.”
As California continues to implement the Voter’s Choice Act, Assemblymember Mullin recognized the importance of ensuring that public facilities remain available to use as vote centers. While fewer facilities will be needed on Election Day, AB 2540 ensures there will be public facilities available during the early voting period and that these facilities are equipped with the necessary internet and Wi-Fi infrastructure, accessible and generally familiar to community members.
AB 2707 will facilitate voter engagement by providing a centralized online location where Californians will be able to find essential information regarding each of their elected officials and the legislative process in general.
Another disclosure bill, AB 2155, provides clean-up language for the landmark law, AB 249, the California DISCLOSE Act. This bill clarifies definitions of “advertisement”, “mass electronic mailing”, and “mass mailing” and provides clarification to the formatting requirements.
“I am proud to author legislation that will have a positive impact on the voting process,” Mullin said. “I believe that our voters deserve to have easy access to information on their elected officials and the legislative process so they can easily share their thoughts and concerns. As California continues to move toward all-mail ballots, providing those voters who prefer to cast their ballot in person with the opportunity to cast their vote on Election Day or ahead of time is critical. And finally, I am very proud to author what is considered to be groundbreaking legislation in the area of campaign finance disclosure.”