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Assemblyman Rudy Salas introduces new bill for local fair transparency and accountability

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Posted at 5:09 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 20:16:11-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Assemblyman Rudy Salas introduced a new bill that would implement accountability and transparency measures for local fairs.

The new measures were reportedly recommended by the state auditor following its investigation of a district agricultural association, which operates under the oversight of the California Department of
Food and Agriculture.

These associations hold local fairs and exhibitions and hire employees to oversee operations and ensure certain policies are being implemented.

Following whistleblower complaints, the state auditor report found that a state county fair grossly mismanaged state resources.

This assembly bill would address some of the most concerning issues found in the report -- by requiring directors attend ethics training each year and report salary information.