Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown supports temporarily weakening the law that ensures public access to official documents.

By Anthony York
June 19, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown indicated that he would support protecting public access to government records in a constitutional amendment to be voted on next fall, but still supports temporarily weakening the law that ensures public access to official documents.

Brown’s comments, which came in a statement released Wednesday evening, capped a wild day at the state Capitol, which had lawmakers scrambling to cope with the fallout of last week’s vote to water down the law. At Brown’s urging, both houses approved a measure making local compliance with part of the state’s public records laws optional.

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