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The Ethics of Sponsored Legislation

Friday, Oct. 15, 2010

Reporter Karen de Sa talks about how legislation is really made in Sacramento.  In 2008, the last year for which statistics are available, 60 percent of the bills that became law were sponsored by outside organizations.

In de Sa's investigative report for the San Jose Mercury News, she writes,

"While advocacy groups, trade associations government agencies also sponsor legislation, more than 500 of the sponsored bills introduced in the 2007-08 session came from private industries and industry trade groups, often seeking to increase market share, repel regulations or limit lawsuits."



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