A bill supported by CNPA to pay for improvements to a website run by the Secretary of State that tracks lobbying activity and campaign finance cleared its final legislative hurdle last week when the state Senate approved it on a concurrence vote of 31-5.

SB 1001 by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) would levy a $50 annual registration fee on campaign committees and increase by $25 the amount lobbyists must pay when they register with the state as lobbyists.

In early December, the Cal-Access database periodically crashed because of a crushing demand on the system that utilizes outdated technology. As a result, the public was denied access to campaign finance and lobbying activity information until the database was restored.

SB 1001 is expected to generate $600,000, which would go toward improving the Cal-Access system.