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AB-744 Legislative Counsel: legislative information.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/15/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 744


Introduced by Assembly Member Cunningham

February 15, 2017


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


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 744, as introduced, Cunningham. Legislative Counsel: legislative information.
The California Constitution prohibits the Legislature from passing a bill unless the bill, with any amendments, has been printed, distributed to the members, and published on the Internet, in its final form, for at least 72 hours before the vote, except as specified. Existing law requires the Legislative Counsel to make specified information pertaining to legislative measures publicly available in electronic form on a computer network, including the text, bill history, and bill status of each bill introduced in each current legislative session.
This bill would require the Legislative Counsel to include in the text of each bill introduced or amended after January 1, 2018, the date and time that each bill is published and the date and time that is 72 hours after publication.
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.
 Public computer network; required legislative information.
(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.For each bill introduced or amended after January 1, 2018, the text shall include, at the top of the page, both of the following:
(A) The date and time that the bill is published.
(B) The date and time that is 72 hours after the date and time that the bill is published.
(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 audiovisual recordings of legislative proceedings that have been caused to be made by the Legislature in accordance with paragraph (2) of subdivision (c) of Section 7 of Article IV of the California Constitution. Each recording shall remain accessible to the public through the Internet and downloadable for a minimum period of 20 years following the date on which the recording was made and shall then be archived in a secure format.
(7) All vote information concerning each bill in each current legislative session.
(8) Any veto message concerning a bill in each current legislative session.
(9) The California Codes.
(10) The California Constitution.
(11) All statutes enacted on or after January 1, 1993.
(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 The Legislative Counsel shall not impose a 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 An action taken pursuant to this section shall be deemed to does not 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.