Silicon Valley lawmaker authors bill to strengthen public records act

One of California’s oldest government transparency laws is expected to get a boost if a new bill that removes the fear of a financial burden from those requesting public records is signed into law in the coming weeks.

The proposed measure from a Silicon Valley lawmaker could clear the way for more open government.

Sen. Bob Wieckowski, whose district includes all of Santa Clara and a portion of San Jose, began crafting the proposal for Senate Bill 518 after reports of agencies shifting their attorneys’ costs to public records act requesters came to his attention. (Read more here…)