The Daily Outrage: Members of California Legislature allowed to withhold records

WHAT: Inquiries by The Associated Press show that the California Legislature’s correspondence with lobbyists, travel schedules and meetings with campaign donors are among the information state lawmakers’ chooses not to reveal publicly.

WHY: In 1975, the Legislature adopted its own rules for what it shares with the public. Other agencies are covered by the California Public Records Act, which requires far more transparency.

WHY IT’S AN OUTRAGE: California is among a handful of states in which the Legislature sets its own rules for releasing records, making it difficult for the public to see how lawmakers conduct business. One lawmaker responding to the AP’s findings, Republican state Sen. Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo, said it is time to review legislative record keeping and that lawmakers should avoid making exemptions for themselves as they demand that other government agencies open their records

CaliforniaCalifornia NewsDaily OutrageOpinionSan Francisco

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Superintendent Vincent Matthews said some students and families who want to return will not be able to do so at this time. “We truly wish we could reopen schools for everyone,” he said. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFUSD sets April reopening date after reaching tentative agreement with teachers union

San Francisco Unified School District has set April 12 as its reopening… Continue reading

José Victor Luna and Maria Anabella Ochoa, who cite health reasons for continuing distance learning, say they have been enjoying walking in Golden Gate Park with their daughters Jazmin, a first grader, and Jessica, a third grader. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Some SFUSD families prefer distance learning

Health issues, classroom uncertainties among reasons for staying home

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation intended to help California schools reopen. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Newsom signs $6.6 billion school reopening legislative package

By Eli Walsh Bay City News Foundation Gov. Gavin Newsom and state… Continue reading

Recology executives have acknowledged overcharging city ratepayers. (Mira Laing/2017 Special to S.F. Examiner)
Recology to repay customers $95M in overcharged garbage fees, city attorney says

San Francisco’s waste management company, Recology, has agreed to repay its customers… Continue reading

Most Read