SACRAMENTO (AP) — California would lift some of the secrecy surrounding reports on shootings and other use of force by police under a bill advancing in the Legislature.

Senators on Wednesday approved allowing public release of records when police officers are found to have improperly used force or discharged a firearm, committed sexual assaults on the job, or have been dishonest in their official duties.

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Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley says her bill would help restore public trust in police during a time of national angst over shootings of minorities by police. She says current California law is among the nation’s most secretive.

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Republican Sen. Jeff Stone of Temecula says the disclosure could open officers to more attacks and criticism.

The measure was sent to the Assembly on a 25-11 vote.

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