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GOP-backed legislative transparency measure to hit ballot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers would be stripped of their ability to make last-minute changes to bills and all public hearings would be videotaped if voters approve a measure that has qualified for the November ballot.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla certified the so-called transparency initiative Monday.

If voters agree, it would require lawmakers to publish all bills for at least three days before the full Senate or Assembly could vote on them.

It's backed by wealthy Republican donor Charles Munger, Jr. and former GOP Sen. Sam Blakeslee.

Democratic lawmakers had been advancing their own version of the measure but it's unclear whether they have the votes from Republicans to approve it by Thursday's deadline.

The initiative joins a crowded November ballot that could include as many as 18 initiatives.

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