Bay Bridge Oversight Group Would Be Exempt From Public Oversight

Safety task force would not be subjected to public records laws.

By Chris Roberts
|  Monday, Jun 24, 2013  |  Updated 3:52 PM PDT
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Bay Bridge Oversight Group Would Be Exempt From Public Oversight

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Public records laws would not apply to a new oversight committee for the eastern span of the Bay Bridge under a lawmaker's proposal.

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There's a new oversight group that would be responsible for overseeing the Bay Bridge's safety, but the public would be barred from overseeing the group, according to a pending state law.

Senate Bill 110 would create the "East Span, San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Safety Review Task Force," and there's a clause in the bill that would exempt the task force from public records laws, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The bill is authored by state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, who notes the task force's final safety report will be public.

Still, the move to shield the task force's actions from the public is drawing ire from newspaper publishing groups and other open-government advocates, the newspaper reported.

A recent move to remove funding that helped local governments comply with public records requests was widely panned, the newspaper noted.

A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Tuesday.
 

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