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AB-2277 Legislative Counsel: legislative session information.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2277


Introduced by Assembly Member Mansoor

February 21, 2014


An act to amend Section 10248 of the Government Code, relating to the Legislature.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2277, as introduced, Mansoor. Legislative Counsel: legislative session information.
Existing law requires the Legislative Counsel to make specified information pertaining to measures considered by the Legislature publicly available in electronic format, including all vote information concerning each bill in each current legislative session.
This bill would require that the vote information identify the party preference designation of each Member of the Legislature associated with a vote. The bill would also require the Legislative Counsel to make available a list, for each Member, of the votes cast by the Member on every bill introduced in the current legislative session. The bill would require that this information be organized and made available for download in a specified format that would allow the public to search and aggregate the data.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 10248 of the Government Code is amended to read:

10248.
 (a) The Legislative Counsel shall, with the advice of the Assembly Committee on Rules and the Senate Committee on Rules, make all of the following information available to the public in electronic form:
(1) The legislative calendar, the schedule of legislative committee hearings, a list of matters pending on the floors of both houses of the Legislature, and a list of the committees of the Legislature and their members.
(2) The text of each bill introduced in each current legislative session, including each amended, enrolled, and chaptered form of each bill.
(3) The bill history of each bill introduced and amended in each current legislative session.
(4) The bill status of each bill introduced and amended in each current legislative session.
(5) All bill analyses prepared by legislative committees in connection with each bill in each current legislative session.
(6) All vote information concerning each bill in each current legislative session, including the party preference designation of each Member of the Legislature associated with a vote.
(7) Any veto message concerning a bill in each current legislative session.
(8) The California Codes.
(9) The California Constitution.
(10) All statutes enacted on or after January 1, 1993.
(11) For each Member of both houses of the Legislature, a list of the votes cast by the Member, including votes cast during committee hearings, on every bill introduced in the current legislative session, including any current extraordinary session. For purposes of subdivision (b), the information identified pursuant to this paragraph shall, to the extent practicable, be organized and made available for public download in a format, such as a spreadsheet, that allows the public to search and aggregate the data.
(b) The information identified in subdivision (a) shall be made available to the public by means of access by way of the largest nonproprietary, nonprofit cooperative public computer network. The information shall be made available in one or more formats and by one or more means in order to provide the greatest feasible access to the general public in this state. Any person who accesses the information may access all or any part of the information. The information may also be made available by any other means of access that would facilitate public access to the information. The information that is maintained in the legislative information system that is operated and maintained by the Legislative Counsel shall be made available in the shortest feasible time after the information is available in the information system. The information that is not maintained in the information system shall be made available in the shortest feasible time after it is available to the Legislative Counsel.
(c) Any documentation that describes the electronic digital formats of the information identified in subdivision (a) and is available to the public shall be made available by means of access by way of the computer network specified in subdivision (b).
(d)  Personal information concerning a person who accesses the information may be maintained only for the purpose of providing service to the person.
(e) No fee or other charge may be imposed by the Legislative Counsel as a condition of accessing the information that is accessible by way of the computer network specified in subdivision (b).
(f) The electronic public access provided by way of the computer network specified in subdivision (b) shall be in addition to other electronic or print distribution of the information.
(g) No action taken pursuant to this section shall be deemed to alter or relinquish any copyright or other proprietary interest or entitlement of the State of California relating to any of the information made available pursuant to this section.