“Writing of public officials shall be open to public scrutiny”. It’s a good idea for a democracy, and it’s true for our state, county and city officials. Question is: who foots the bill? Right now, the state says it pays tens of millions of dollars so that local government public records can be available to the public. The Legislature wants to change that so that if a county, city or another local governmental agency receives a California Public Records Act (CPRA) request, they would have to foot the bill for collecting and producing these documents for public review, instead of it coming from the state’s General Fund. If passed, this prop would also make it a constitutional requirement for local governments to comply with public open meeting laws and CPRA requests. Not to get too technical, but it is currently a mandate for local government agencies to produce these public records, and mandates are reimbursable to the state…constitutional requirements are not.