Semi-Official Results
Yes votes:
2,126,079 [61.9%]
No votes:
1,309,953 [38.1%]

Proposition 42   would require  local government agencies, including cities, counties, and school districts, to comply with specified state laws providing for public access to meetings of local government bodies and records of government officials. It would eliminate the current state requirement that the state reimburse local governments for compliance with these specified laws.

For more information on this proposition, including voter resources, in-depth analysis, and endorsements, please see the California Choices web site.

Pro

Pro: Proponents believe that current public access laws have been threatened while the state has suffered a fiscal crisis as some local governments have refused to pay the cost for access. They believe that the measure will ensure that specified state laws for public access with be observed. They say the measure will ensure that citizens who request information will not be denied on the basis that a local government refuses to pay for it.

Supporters

Con

Opponents of the measure point to a section of the state constitution which requires that the state pay to local governments the cost of implementing any new state mandates, which they consider to be these specified state laws. They claim that the voters must decide if they feel the state or local governments should pay for public access costs to government information.