The UC Board of Regents next week will likely to toss out a long-standing policy restricting public access to its meetings, and to affirm the public’s right to record, videotape or photograph proceedings, the Chronicle reports.

The board has a policy that only accredited journalists can record its meetings, which prevented filmmaker Ric Chavez from covering a July 14 meeting. The revised policy would allow anyone to tape regents’ meetings as long as the activity is not disruptive.

State Sen. Leland Yee and a journalists’ group intervened, calling Chavez’ rejection a violation of California’s open meeting law. The meeting where the board is expected to change its policy is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 15, at UC Mission Bay in San Francisco.

Bay Area Media News

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