Prop 59 to Open Access to Government Documents
Proposition 59, on the November 2nd state ballot, would place in the California constitution a broad right of public access to state and local government documents.
Friday, July 30, 2004
The California Newspaper Publishers Association proposed the constitutional change after the state Supreme Court ruled that government officials could withhold internal documents if they were part of the “deliberative process” of making decisions. The Association’s General Counsel Tom Newton says even if Prop 59 passes, there are still no guarantees that internal government documents would become available to press or public. CUT: Newton15 :15 The only listed opponent of Prop 59 is Mountain View attorney Gary Wesley. He says Prop 59 is simply not good enough. CUT: Wesley11 :11 Prop 59 was placed on the ballot by the legislature, with no dissenting votes. But state lawmakers carefully added language specifically exempting themselves from having to produce internal documents. There is no active campaign for or against Prop 59, and it is expected to win easy approval from voters. SOC