Brown Act requires open meetings in local government
Bagley-Keene Act requires open meetings in state government
Public Records Act protects access to state and local records
State Constitution protects journalists’ confidential sources
State Constitution guarantees access to public meetings, records
State’s Court System opens its administrative records to public scrutiny
State Constitution amended to require more transparency in the Legislature
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