California Public Records Act gravely threatened by stealth amendments

Submitted by LDieringer on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 8:38am

The California Public Records Act (CPRA) is gravely threatened by stealth amendments revealed for the first time yesterday as part of a "trailer bill" to the new state budget. Instead of the relatively minor cost-saving tweaks proposed earlier by the Governor and approved in legislative committees, the actual amending language will gut key transparency safeguards in California's most important open-government law.

I am writing to ask you to call on Governor Brown to veto the relevant portions of the budget trailer bill that is headed to his desk as early as tomorrow. We invite you to do this by email to the Governor office, using the form provided in this email.

How, exactly, will the budget trailer bill undercut the CPRA and set back open government?

Continue reading this call for action from Peter Scheer, executive director of First Amendment Coalition.

Please also see article from Electronic Frontier Foundation for more coverage.

First Amendment Coalition is a member of NFOIC.--eds.