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Make Your Voice Heard California Statewide November 2, 2004 General Election
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Ballot Measure Summary
Proposition 1A
Proposition 59
Proposition 60
Proposition 60A
Proposition 61
Proposition 62
Proposition 63
Proposition 64
Proposition 65
Proposition 66
Proposition 67
Proposition 68
Proposition 69
Proposition 70
Proposition 71
Proposition 72
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Prepared by the Attorney General

Proposition 59

Public Records, Open Meetings.
Legislative Constitutional Amendment.

Measure amends Constitution to:
  • Provide right of public access to meetings of government bodies and writings of government officials.
  • Provide that statutes and rules furthering public access shall be broadly construed, or narrowly construed if limiting access.
  • Require future statutes and rules limiting access to contain findings justifying necessity of those limitations.
  • Preserve constitutional rights including rights of privacy, due process, equal protection; expressly preserves existing constitutional and statutory limitations restricting access to certain meetings and records of government bodies and officials, including law enforcement and prosecution records.

Exempts Legislature's records and meetings.

Summary of Legislative Analyst's Estimate of Net State and Local Government Fiscal Impact:

  • Potential minor annual state and local government costs to make additional information available to the public.

Final Votes Cast by the Legislature on SCA 1 (Proposition 59)

Assembly: Ayes 78 Noes 0
Senate: Ayes 34 Noes 0

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