Leno authors government accountability bills
Assemblymember Mark Leno. File photo.
By Ari Barak, Bay City News Service
March 12, 2007
Three bills authored by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco,
intend to make government both more accessible and accountable
to the public, a spokesperson for Leno's office said on the eve
of National Sunshine Week.
Leno's effort parallels a nationwide week of focus on open government
and freedom of information with the introduction of AB 1393, AB
1648 and AB 1668 into the state Assembly, intended to strengthen
the California Public Records Act, according to Leno's press secretary
"The California Public Records Act has been our citizens'
best tool in staying informed about what their government is doing,"
Leno said in a prepared statement.
"It is the duty of every public servant to carry out the
spirit and letter of this important sunshine law," he added.
According to Leno's office, AB 1393 is a response to a finding
that most state agencies were not fully complying with requests
for public records under the California Public Records Act.
AB 1393 is designed to simplify the process of requesting public
records by requiring state agencies to allow requests via their
Web sites, Leno's office reported.
AB 1648 would require police commissions to conduct their hearings
in public, reversing an Aug. 29 California Supreme Court decision
and allowing the public access to an officer's discipline records,
according to Leno's office.
AB 1668 would allow greater public access to documents created
by state agencies by requiring open file formats for all electronic
government documents, according to Leno's office.
The bills are expected to be heard in committee in April, Velayas
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