California bill to ban use of non-disclosure agreements in lawmaking process faces uncertain path

A proposal to prohibit the use of non-disclosure agreements during legislative negotiations in California has officially been written into a bill but faces uncertainty over whether it will move forward with a key legislative deadline approaching. Republican Assemblymember Vince Fong on Thursday officially amended AB 2654 to ban lobbyists, lawmakers, and other government officials from signing, requesting or drafting NDAs in the drafting, negotiation, discussion, or creation of proposed state laws. A violation would result in a misdemeanor penalty. The proposal would update the state's Political Reform Act of 1974, which would require a two-thirds vote from the Legislature.