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Local Agency Electronic Media Use and California Public Records Law

Members of the public and local agency officials carrying out the public’s business use electronic media to communicate, and this type of communication is increasingly widespread. Local agencies also use electronic media for external and internal communications and to create, transmit and store official information.

This article provides an overview of the law affecting local agency electronic information, discusses some emerging electronic records issues affecting local agencies and offers suggestions regarding local agency electronic records programs.

© 2012 League of California Cities. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the June 2012 issue of Western City magazine, the monthly publication of the League of California Cities. For more information, visit www.westerncity.com.

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