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Letters wanted about public access bill

A bill that would put teeth into current open records laws has been unanimously approved by the state Senate and Assembly and an open government group, CalAware, is asking journalists to send letters to Gov. Schwartzenegger, urging him to sign AB2927. According to CalAware, the bill by Assemblyman Mark Leno (pictured), D-San Francisco, would:

“Anyone who’s ever been unsure about how to ask for information from the bureaucracy, or who’s been stiffed, stalled or stymied in getting access and answers, should put a letter or a postcard in the mail to the Governor urging his signature,” said Richard McKee, president of CalAware, which is sponsoring the bill.

CalAware is asking for letters because three previous bills approved by the legislature were vetoed by then-Gov. Gray Davis because of the Attorney General language.

E-mail doesn’t reach the governor, so those inclined to support AB2927 need to write an old fashioned letter and mail it to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814.

For further information from Californians Aware, call Terry Francke at 1-916-487-7000 or go to http://calaware.org. Information on the bill can be found online at http://tinyurl.com/rgesm.

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