By Bob Wieckowski
When it comes to accountability of public dollars, our judicial system should stand out as a model of integrity. Instead, The Modesto Bee’s misguided editorial, “Veto bill and let courts contract out in dire times” (Sept. 25), told readers that court bureaucrats should maintain special license to operate outside commonsense laws that protect the public and protect access to our courts.
As the author of Assembly Bill 566, I must set the record straight. AB 566 does not prevent contracting out, privatization of court services or technological advances. Instead, it establishes very reasonable standards that other branches of government already must follow to ensure that when for-profit companies are hired with our tax dollars, decisions are made with cost, quality and public interest in mind, rather than cronyism.