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Prop 42 on the Ballot Today

Prop 42 on the Ballot Today
Posted June 3rd, 2014 @ 7:35am by KFBK News

Voters will be weighing-in today on a state measure that could change how public access laws work in California.  The state currently reimburses local governments for the cost of giving the public access to information and meetings.  Proponents of Prop 42 say that needs to change.

"How much the state has to pay a local government creates real doubt about whether the law is applied at any given moment," said Peter Scheer.

Scheer, of the First Amendment Coalition, argues that Prop 42, which shifts the costs from the state to cities and counties, is the only way to ensure transparency.  He says it staves off a so-called "tug-of-war" between local and state governments.  Opponents argue the financial burden should remain with the state.

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