Utilities commission secrecy subject of proposed legislation

From Central Valley Business Times:

SACRAMENTO — The California Public Utilities Commission would be yanked into the sunshine of the state’s Public Records Act under a bill being proposed by state Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco.

The bill is prompted by a report in the San Francisco Chronicle that documents several instances of the CPUC denying public access to safety reports, audits, and other public information. The Chronicle reporting revealed that most documents at the CPUC are shielded by a secrecy statute passed in 1951 and a Commission rule adopted in the mid-1950s.