It is good that Rep. John Moss, D-Sacramento, is remembered for his authorship of the federal Freedom of Information Act, passed in 1966, in an interview with his biographer, Michael Lemov.
The article reminds us of two great California State Legislature laws governing public access to government meetings and information pertaining to state government only.
Ralph M. Brown Act, 1953, describes its purpose and intent:
In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people's business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.
California Public Records Act, 1968
6250. In enacting this chapter, the Legislature, mindful of the right of individuals to privacy, finds and declares that access to information concerning the conduct of the people's business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state.
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