In the Golden State, Proposition 42 – which requires local government compliance with open records laws without reimbursement for the costs of compliance – passed in Tuesday’s primary election.
According to the Legislative Analyst’s Office, passage will shift tens of millions of dollars in costs annually, from state to local governments.
A 2013 budget bill made it optional for local governments to comply with some provisions of the California Public Records Act in order to save the state money used to reimburse local governments for compliance.
“By passing Prop 42,” said Yo Yoshida in a statement, “the Golden State is providing the foundation for a dramatically more open and transparent government.” Yoshida, CEO and co-founder of the San Francisco based civic startup Appallicious, went on to say that Prop. 42 also assists emerging civic tech pioneers that are building products and services to empower citizens.
This story was originally published by Techwire.