Threat to Right-To-Know Withdrawn
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For now the attack on public access and right-to-know has subsided
Source: All Points Blog.
Friday, April 11. 2008
California Senate Bill Threatening GIS Data Access (AB1978) Withdrawn
We received this note from Bruce Joffe who helped rally the GIS community in opposition. He documented the challenges for us in Directions Magazine.
I have received word that Assemblymember Solorio has "dropped" AB 1978 from consideration by the Government Organization committee, which effectively kills the bill. His office said that due to "new developments" on the bill, Solorio "has decided to not push it forward," so "it's not going to go anywhere."
This does not mean that the backers of this attempt to limit and confuse the public's right to its governments' data (as guaranteed by the California Public Records Act) would not try to advance their objectives through other means. So, we will stay vigilant, and hope that you will remain responsive, if the need again arises.
Many thanks to those who sent a letter to Asm. Solorio's office expressing opposition to the bill. Undoubtedly, this influenced his decision to withdraw. Thanks, also, to those professional organizations that are in the process of preparing a statement of opposition. Please remain responsive and vigilant.
Grateful appreciation is due to the GIS press (especially, DirectionsMagazine, GIS Cafe, GeoSpatial Solutions, POB Magazine, GeoPlace, and GIS Monitor) and the mainstream press (Orange County Register and S.F.Bay Guardian) for informing our community about this important issue.
Enjoy the sunshine, and stay alert!
Open Data Consortium
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