A bill supported by CNPA to pay for improvements to a website run by the Secretary of State that tracks lobbying and campaign finance activity was signed into law by Governor Brown last week.

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

In early December, the Cal-Access database periodically crashed because of a crushing demand on the system that continues to utilize outdated technology.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 will go toward improving the Cal-Access system.