The latest on California politics and government
June 21, 2013
Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg on Friday introduced a measure to incorporate provisions of the California Public Records Act in the state’s constitution.
Senate Constitutional Amendment 3 would require cities, counties and other local government agencies to comply with the records law and the Brown Act, which regulates public meetings, and exempts the state from having to pay local agencies the cost of carrying out the laws.
Leno and Steinberg first proposed amending the constitution to solve the ongoing controversy raised by a budget bill making optional several pieces of the records law.
Media and open government advocates balked at the changes the bill made to the law, warning that removing local agencies’ legal obligation to comply could hinder the public’s right to access government documents.
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