Calif. Justices Grant Open Gov't Win In Public Records Row

Law360, Los Angeles (March 2, 2017, 7:06 PM EST) -- A unanimous California Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that public officials' communications about government business on their personal accounts or devices are subject to scrutiny under the California Public Records Act, a decision praised by open government adovcates as a win for transparency.

The case stems from a records request seeking emails, texts and voicemails from San Jose city officials pursuant to CPRA, which governs open records requests and government transparency policies. The city refused to hand over messages communicated via its officials’ personal accounts, citing...
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