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Editorial: Hands off open government laws

Original post made on Jul 3, 2013

Residents of California, you nearly got screwed. The latest attempt by Sacramento to weaken the public's access to their government has been defeated, thanks to quick-acting open-government advocates who last week succeeded in getting lawmakers to kill a provision in a bill, soon to be signed into law, that would have made compliance with a key component of the California Public Records Act (CPRA) optional for local governments.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 3, 2013, 9:15 AM

Comments (2)

Posted by true, a resident of another community
on Jul 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

You can make an argument that residents of California are getting screwed by the government on a daily basis. This is a good way to turn people off, and give them the impression you don't have the vocabulary to properly express your ideas.


Posted by Jon Castor, a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Jul 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for this editorial. The SJ Mercury News has done a good job of editorializing on this topic as well. It's a very good idea to make "last-minute deviousness" more difficult. I hope Sen. Mark Wyland is successful in his effort to require sunshining of (all presumably non-disaster relief/emergency) bills at least 72 hours before a vote.


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