Attention Californians and journalists: you should know about Assembly Bill 343 and Assemblyman Vince Fong's important, long-running efforts to strengthen the CA Public Records Act (1/x)
On paper journalists and all CA residents have a right to broad categories of public information. But as many reporters have discovered, bureaucrats often turn down legitimate requests, leaving no recourse except filing an expensive lawsuit (2/x)
Fong wants to create an independent ombudsperson to settle denied Public Records Act requests, creating a mechanism other than lawsuits to vindicate the rights of CA residents and journalists. And his bill passed the Assembly unanimously, but still faces the Senate and governor
This is something that ought to attract broad bipartisan support, and that members of the public ought to rally behind regardless of their political or ideological affiliation.

And the California press should cover this, including TV stations. e.g. @KTLA @KTLAnewsdesk @NBCLA
It should also be of interest to @USCAnnenberg and Berkeley journalism and others.

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