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AB-169 Local government: public records: Internet.(2015-2016)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 20, 2015


SECTION 1.

 Section 6253.10 is added to the Government Code, to read:

6253.10.
 If a local agency, except a school district, maintains an Internet Resource, including, but not limited to, an Internet Web site, Internet Web page, or Internet Web portal, which the local agency describes or titles as “open data,” and the local agency voluntarily posts a public record on that Internet Resource, the local agency shall post the public record in an open format that meets all of the following requirements:
(a) Retrievable, downloadable, indexable, and electronically searchable by commonly used Internet search applications.
(b) Platform independent and machine readable.
(c) Available to the public free of charge and without any restriction that would impede the reuse or redistribution of the public record.
(d) Retains the data definitions and structure present when the data was compiled, if applicable.
SEC. 2.
 The Legislature finds and declares that Section 1 of this act, which adds Section 6253.10 to the Government Code, furthers, within the meaning of paragraph (7) of subdivision (b) of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution, the purposes of that constitutional section as it relates to the right of public access to the meetings of local public bodies or the writings of local public officials and local agencies. Pursuant to paragraph (7) of subdivision (b) of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution, the Legislature makes the following findings:
Because California’s local agencies are increasingly releasing information in an open format, because open format is not defined in current law, and because data released by local agencies in an open format should be as uniform and usable as possible, requiring local agencies to follow standardized requirements when they elect to release information in an open format furthers the purpose of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution.
SEC. 3.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district under this act would result from a legislative mandate that is within the scope of paragraph (7) of subdivision (b) of Section 3 of Article I of the California Constitution.”