Proposed Bill Would Eliminate California's Public Records Act

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    California Gov. Jerry Brown appears ready to sign a bill that would effectively eliminate the state's Public Records Act. Damian Trujillo reports.

    One of the most powerful tools in Journalism might be eliminated.

    As part of the new budget, Gov. Jerry Brown appears ready to sign a bill that would effectively eliminate the state's public records act. The bill would make it nearly impossible for new organizations -- like NBC Bay Area -- to uncover corruption and other crimes by public agencies.

    NBC Bay Area spoke to two groups -- teenagers who want to be journalists, and teenagers who wants to be able to tell the difference between good journalism and bad journalism -- to get their thoughts on the proposed bill. View what they had to say in Damian Trujillo's report in the video above.

    UPDATE: Since this report aired, Assembly Speaker John Perez has announced that the Assembly will vote Thursday on a new version of California's budget bill that will maintain the state's open records law.