Sen. María Elena Durazo’s Protecting Good Jobs and Open Government Legislation Passes First Hurdle

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

SACRAMENTO – The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 7-2 in favor of SB 749, legislation authored by Senator María Elena Durazo (D- Los Angeles) which would make clear that all information in a public contract between a private industry employer and a state or local agency pertaining to job creation, job quality, and job retention, as well as Buy America compliance, is not exempted from the California Public Records Act (CPRA) as a trade secret or for any other reason. The bill now heads to the Appropriations Committee.

To achieve fully the goals of responsible contracting and purchasing, access to key information is vital,” stated Durazo. “SB 749 is an opportunity for California to be a leader in protecting jobs and jobs quality.”

Increasingly, records related to wages, benefits, job quality, retention, and other employment conditions are redacted from public documents by private contractors and subsidy recipients based on the trade secret exemption to the CPRA or prevented from being disclosed as the result of third party lawsuits.

SB 749 would include a description in the Government Code of the types of information related to jobs, job quality and job retention that private contractors and subsidy recipients in California would not be able to redact from public documents based on the trade secret exemption to the CPRA.