Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin Introduces Measure to Allow Temporary Remote Legislating During Statewide Emergency

Thursday, May 21, 2020

ACA 25 would allow for continuity of government during a declared state of emergency

SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker pro Tem Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) today announced his introduction of ACA 25 a measure to amend the California Constitution to allow the Legislature to continue working when an emergency prevents members from convening at the State Capitol. The measure would require a state of emergency declared by the President of the United States or the Governor of California and would become part of the Constitution only if approved by the voters in the upcoming November election.

“California unfortunately must deal with a range of disasters, but the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our state and our nation has shined a spotlight on the need to formalize a consistent approach to doing the people’s business during a declared emergency,” Mullin stated. “ACA 25 would allow all or some members of the State Legislature for a limited amount of time, to remotely attend and vote in proceedings through the use of technology, or alternatively vote by proxy. This proposed constitutional amendment protects the interests of all Californians by ensuring the continuity of state government during the extenuating circumstances of a declared state of emergency. It will also ensure that the public has access to the law making process. Ultimately, the voters of California will decide whether to allow this new process, as an amendment to the state’s Constitution that will hopefully be placed on the ballot this November.”