Transparency Groups Oppose New California Bill Blocking Access to Research Records

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Jessie Gomez, MuckRock, April 23, 2019

Following sweeping changes to access to police records, California legislators remain focused on reforming the state’s public records law. This time around, however, environmental groups, scientists, and transparency activists are up in arms against a new bill that’s looking to limit the scope of what researchers at higher-education institutions can and cannot release.

Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) has introduced AB 700, which aims to exempt information relating to a researcher or their research at a California university or community college. The exempted information also encompasses unpublished research methods, trade secrets, and correspondence.

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