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SB 272 – Local Agency Data Inventory

A bill amending the Public Records Act is making its way through the California Legislature.  Senate Bill 272 would require all local agencies to create an inventory summarizing the data it maintains, who maintains it, and the frequency with which that data is collected.  SB 272 would also require that the inventory be made available to the public.

This bill is not yet law, but the Legislature has been focusing on making government agencies’ data more accessible to the public.  For instance, SB 573, also pending before the Legislature, mandates the creation of an online public data “portal,” through which the public may access State agencies’ collected data.  This focus on government data transparency indicates that SB 272 is likely to become law.

If you have any questions about SB 272, the Public Records Act, or any other issue affecting your district or agency, please contact Kingsley Bogard.

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