SACRAMENTO – Today, Assemblymember Eric Linder (R-Corona) announced that he has introduced the Transparency in Government Act. AB 1707 will strengthen the California Public Records Act (PRA), increasing transparency and promoting clarity to help the public adequately understand the activities of state and local agencies.

“Sacramento’s first priority should always be to foster transparency with those it represents,” said Assemblymember Linder. “This bill will ensure that Californians have access to the information they need to review and provide oversight of their government.”

AB 1707 will require agencies subject to this act to include in their responses to requests for public records the name of documents withheld, and the exemptions that apply to each document. This change became necessary due to concerns that some agencies’ responses are too vague for applicants to understand why requests were rejected or if exempt documents even exist.

“Californian’s should fully understand why an agency rejects their requests for public records. Government should always be taking steps towards increasing transparency and helping constituents understand the daily business conducted by the numerous agencies in California” said Assemblymember Linder.

Assembly Member Eric Linder, R-Corona, represents the 60th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes the communities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, & Riverside.