Fw: ACR 242

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Mon Aug 09 2004 - 00:26:16 CDT

Please join us in urging the CA Senate to pass ACR 242.

Thanks

Alan D.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Dawson" <rcdawson@att.net>
To: "Alan Dechert" <alan@openvotingconsortium.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 08, 2004 4:20 PM
Subject: Re: ACR 242

Alan,

Somehow I never managed to get in contact with you by phone. This
resolution
is now about to be voted in the Senate committee. I don't know if any of my
efforts to get others to write had any effect; none of them ever got back to
me to let me know if they had written/ called/ e-mailed.

Jackie's office seems to think that it will pass on a party line vote. I
guess passing is good, but I would be much more impressed if it sounded like
the reason for passage was the merit of the proposition, not the party of
the
proposer.

At any rate, it is certainly now time to contact members of the Elections
and
Reapportionment committeee. Their names can be found on the CA
legislature's
web page. Google will get you there.

Whether or not this passes, I'm wondering what the next step is to get CA to
consider open source software in all appications. I think that voting is a
natural becuase of the obvious and compelling need for visibility. In other
areas the same need exists, but perhaps not so obviously. In other areas
the
cost and efficiency benefits might be relatively more important.

At any rate, if you have any troops to muster, this is an opportune time.
See
below.

Rich Dawson.

>From Bob Reid in Jackie Goldberg's office.

Richard:

The ACR 242 will be heard in Senate Elections on Wednesday August 11th at 9:
30 a.m.There will be only one bill and it will be our resolution so the
hearing ought to last ten minutes. The opposition still is concerned about
our reference to open source software. They still want us to take out
specific references to open source. We have said no to that suggestion. I
expect this to pass out on a party line vote 3 to 2. Possible Ross Johnson
might vote for this as he is a critic of current election plans. He is a
very conservative Republican.

I will let you know the vote. After that it goes to the Senate floor. It
does not have to come back to the Assembly and Concurrent Resolutions do not
have to be signed by the Governor. They go into effect immediately.

Bob

On Wednesday 21 July 2004 09:40 am, you wrote:
> Richard,
>
> Do you think this should be done now, given the recess? Would it be
better
> to wait a week or so when it's closer to the vote? I don't really know...
> just wondering if you'd considered that.
>
> Thanks.
>
> Alan
>
> > Hello.
> >
> > You are probably aware that ACR 242 is in the Senate Elections and
> > reapportionment committee. I'm trying to drum up support in the form of
> > faxes/ letters/ emails to the chair of the committee.
> >
> > Senator Don Perata, Chair Senate Elections and reapportionment committee
> > Fax 916 445 2496 This is the fax number for the committee, not
> > Perata. I'm told by Jackies legislative assistant that is the best way
> > to contact Perata.
> > His office email and phone number are available at the california
> > legislative site.
> >
> > If you have a mailing list or others to which you can disseminate this,
> > please do. I could provide a copy of the letter that I wrote if it will
> > help.
> >
> > Rich Dawson
> >
> > By the way, I'm neither a developer nor have an interest in any company
> > that might benefit from this legislation. I'm a taxpayer & voter.
> > That's my interest.
> >
> > Rich Dawson

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