Open Records Laws
Seeking to quell a media outcry over access to public records, the governor’s administration on Thursday said it agrees with a fix-it bill moving through the Legislature that restores a mandate for local governments to comply with document requests.
A judge ruled Friday that individual office budgets for California’s 80 Assembly members are public records and must be released. It was unclear, however, when the Assembly planned to do so.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to cut state spending could jeopardize one of the cornerstones of California’s open records laws—the requirement that government bodies give the public fair notice about meetings.