[USA] CA SB 71- Trailer Bill Amends CA Public Records Act - Permitting Voluntary Compliance by Government Agency #general

Jan Meisels Allen

IAJGS learned this morning that a 'trailer bill' SB 71 will be voted on the
floors of both chambers today or tomorrow "without a hearing" includes
provisions that amend the California Public Records Act and those would
make compliance by a local agency for request for records "voluntary".
The California Senate decided not to hold hearings yesterday! A trailer bill
was originally intended to accompany the budget bill. The last-minute
release of the policy bills needed to implement the spending plan, has become
something of a tradition at the California State Capitol, but the public is not
given enough time to evaluate the sometimes voluminous provisions. This
bill has many provisions I am bringing to your attention the provision that
affects public records, which includes vital records, birth, marriage,
divorce, annulment, and death records.

This is the link to the bill -see pages 3 ( paragraph (3) , 17 (lines
-18 (lines 1-24). Go to:

tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/k83jb7s

Original url:


There is nothing in the bill that requires the local agency that decides
not to comply with a request for a record to give reasons or appeal their
decision, nor even to get back to the person who is making the request
that they are not going to comply with the request.

To find out what you can do, you need to go to the IAJGS Public Records
Access alert. If you have not yet subscribed this is how you can do that
and access today's announcement by going to the archives,again you must be

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Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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