Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Attempt at stronger open records laws fails

The Sacramento Bee laments in an editorial that even a modest attempt to improve California's public record laws couldn't get through the Legislature this session. Assembly Bill 1393 was the latest in a series of bills dating back to 1999 that attempted to make it easier for the public to see records generated by its government. These bills either didn't make it out of the Legislature or were vetoed by both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his predecessor, recalled Gov. Gray Davis. AB1393, after amendments watering it down, would have required state agencies to post information on their Web sites about how to request public records and to include a form to submit. The bill was sponsored by the open govenrment group CalAware and authored by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who told the Salinas Californian, "At this point, I’m not expecting anything."

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