Two very important bills are on the Governor’s desk which in my mind have extreme ramifications to public disclosure by local governments SB 71 and Ab76. These were introduced a trailer bills to the accompanied the state budget. What they do is allow local government to ignore compliance of request made under the Public Records Act. The argument made for these bills is that it will save the state money as they reimburse local governments for the cost to comply with these request. It is not clear what the cost savings will be.
Proposition 59 passed in 2004 by a wide margin . This measure guaranteed the “right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business”’
Small Business California just found out about these bills yesterday so we have not had time to take formal position. I would however encourage all of you to read the Editorial page of the Chronicle opposing this.
If you would like to weigh in on this the Governors phone number is 916-445-2841 and fax is 916-558-3160
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