Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell

SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) co-authored AB 2002, requiring those who lobby the California Coastal Commission to register as lobbyists and disclose their clients.

“The Coastal Commission makes hundreds of decisions every year that impact California’s iconic coastline. Pouring sunshine on the Commission protects the integrity of the Coastal Act,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell. “Disclosing who pays to influence commissioners will make the Commission more transparent and accountable to the public.”

The California Coastal Commission is an independent, quasi-judicial state agency. Established by voter initiative in 1972 and made permanent with the passage of the California Coastal Act of 1976, the Commission is comprised of twelve voting members.

The bill now awaits referral to its first policy committee.

Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.