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Educating Voters and Empowering Citizens to Have an Active Voice in Government

Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County! As a nonpartisan political organization for both women and men, the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Ethics, Transparency and Redistricting Reform Comes to Sacramento!

The Sacramento City Council's Ad Hoc Committee on Good Governance released its recommendations for municipal ethics, transparency, and redistricting reform. The Ad Hoc's proposal calls for the City Council to pass an ordinance establishing an independent Ethics Commission, with the power to enforce the City's ethics and campaign laws, and to put a charter amendment on the ballot creating a Citizen's Redistricting Commission, modeled after the state commission, which would have the power to adopt new city council district lines. They also recommend a "Sunshine" open government ordinance and an update of the City's Ethics Code. The City met with the League of Women Voters and Common Cause in developing its proposal.

At the Sept 15th City Council meeting the Council voted unanimously to adopt the committee's recommendations in all 4 areas. Paula Lee, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County, said: "This is a proposal for landmark ethics and redistricting reform in Sacramento, and should be celebrated. If adopted, Sacramento would join with other major California cities in establishing an independent Ethics Commission with power to investigate and take disciplinary action on ethics code violations. The recommendations show the City listened to Sacramentans' desire for a more accountable and representative City government." The League of Women Voters and Common Cause will be partners with the City in the drafting of these laws with input from the public. The Independent Redistricting Commission will be on the ballot in 2018 and if adopted by voters will be used for drawing districts after the next census.

10 public forums were held throughout the city on these topics. See our proposals and public comments at