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Criticism Causes California Governor to Reject Changes to Public Records Law

At issue is Assembly Bill 76, a budget bill on Brown's desk that proposes making key provisions of the state's Public Records Act optional for local governments.
June 20, 2013
 

Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate leaders appeared Wednesday to reject an Assembly proposal to uphold key provisions of the California Public Records Act, instead saying the issue should go before voters as a constitutional amendment next year.

The tussle over how to ensure public access to local government records, as well as who should pay for those requirements, came after a barrage of criticism from open-government activists who said proposed changes in a state budget bill would essentially gut the law.

Brown proposed the changes in his January budget plan as a way to save the state money. They make it optional for local governments to comply with several key provisions of the act.

At issue is Assembly Bill 76, a budget bill on Brown's desk that proposes making key provisions of the state's Public Records Act optional for local governments.

Amid criticism from the media and open-government advocates, the Assembly announced plans to send a replacement for the measure Thursday that does not contain the records act changes.

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