Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
September 10, 2013

California voters will get a chance to weigh in on whether local governments must comply with, and pay for, public records requests.

The Assembly passed a constitutional amendment on Wednesday that would enshrine the 1968 California Public Records Act in the state’s constitution, clarifying that local agencies cannot reject requests for publicly available documents. The proposed amendment will appear on the June 2014 ballot.

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, authored the measure in response to the fallout from a budget trailer bill that would have made providing some information optional for local governments.

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