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AB-1759 Public records: Internet reports.(1999-2000)

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Passed  IN  Senate  August 22, 2000
Passed  IN  Assembly  August 23, 2000

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 1999–2000 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1759


Introduced  by  Assembly Member Papan

January 18, 2000


An act to add Section 6253.1 to the Government Code, relating to public records.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1759, Papan. Public records: Internet reports.
Under the California Public Records Act, certain public records are required to be made available for public inspection.
This bill would require every state agency that establishes and maintains, or causes to be maintained, a site on the Internet to make available on the Internet a list of all reports and studies initiated and prepared by that state agency or prepared pursuant to a contract with that state agency that are otherwise subject to disclosure pursuant to the act.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to allow Californians to access public information through the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code) and to make citizens aware of the work that has been done and is being initiated by state agencies. Furthermore, it is the intent of the Legislature to enable individuals to know succinctly what information produced by state agencies is available to the public upon request.

SEC. 2.

 Section 6253.1 is added to the Government Code, to read:

6253.1.
 (a) Every state agency that establishes and maintains, or causes to be maintained, a site on the Internet shall make available on the Internet a list of all reports and studies initiated and prepared by that state agency or prepared pursuant to a contract with that state agency that are otherwise subject to disclosure pursuant to this chapter. This list shall be continuously updated to include every completed report or study that is subject to disclosure not more than 10 working days after the completion of the report or study. No report or study shall be removed from the list for a period of one year from the date that it was added to the list made available on the Internet. The agency shall organize the list to facilitate ease of use. The list may be organized by the type or subject matter of the documents, or other reasonable sorting criteria, and may consolidate listings for similar or recurring documents.
(b) For purposes of this section:
(1) “Internet” has the meaning set forth in paragraph (6) of subdivision (e) of Section 17538 of the Business and Professions Code.
(2) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 6252, “state agency” does not include the California Community Colleges, the California State University, or the University of California.
(3) “Report or study” means a written analysis, interpretation, or summary of research, including, but not limited to, opinion polls, surveys, policy summaries, and research projects, but does not include statistical compilations or printouts of computer data bases, without analysis or interpretation, that are created on a recurring basis and intended for the agency’s internal use.