Anyone with a good idea about how to streamline state government could receive $25,000 as part of a bill approved by the state Assembly on Friday.

AB 2138, also known as the “X-Prize” bill and introduced by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake), passed with a 66-0 vote.

The legislation authorizes Gov. Jerry Brown to pick three state agencies that would each offer a cash incentive worth $25,000 for an idea that either solves a specific problem, innovates a process or streamlines a system within that agency.

“This bill opens up government to the marketplace of ideas,” Gatto said in a statement. “Many people are frustrated with the inefficiencies of government and know exactly how to improve a system or process. This modest ‘California Government X-Prize’ provides the platform for creators and innovators to apply their knowledge to streamline California government.”

The bill now heads to the state Senate.

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