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Impact of Public Records Initiative Uncertain

With 62 percent of voters supporting Proposition 42 last month, Californians added two new provisions to the state constitution. The purpose of Prop. 42, according to its proponents, was to ensure that all local public agencies comply with the California Public Records Act (Government Code Sections 6250 et seq.) and the Ralph M. Brown Act (Government Code Sections 54960 et seq.) by enshrining these open government laws in the California Constitution. Although Californians had previously adopted a constitutional amendment for this purpose, the purpose of Prop. 42 was to strengthen previous efforts.

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