Summary of 2015 Laws, continued

This post describes enactments about public contracts and public records.

Contracts

Chapter 53 (AB 327):  Prevailing wage law suspended when volunteers perform the work.  [LC 1720.4]

Chapter 739 (AB 219):  Prevailing wages must be paid to drivers for ready-mixed concrete companies delivering concrete for public works awarded after July 1, 2016.  [LC 1720.9]

Public Records

Chapter 737 (AB 169):  Local agencies (except school districts) must post public records on their websites in an open format that is: (1) retrievable, downloadable, indexable and electronically searchable by commonly used internet search applications; (2) platform independent and machine readable; (3) available free of charge and without any restrictions that would impede the reuse of the record; and (4) retains the definitions and structure present when the date was compiled.  [GC 6253.10]

Chapter 795 (SB 272):  By July 1, 2016, local agencies (except educational agencies) must create a catalog of “enterprise systems,” which shall be publicly available, and posted on agencies’ websites, if they maintain one. “Enterprise system” means a software application or computer system that collects, stores, exchanges and analyzes information that is both: (a) a multidepartmental system or a system that contains information collected about the public and (b) a “system of record,” as defined. The catalog must disclose a list of the enterprise systems used by the agency, and seven discrete pieces of information about each system.  [GC 6270.5]

Some systems are excluded from the meaning of “enterprise system,” such as IT security systems, cybersecurity systems, employee identification systems, infrastructure control systems, and others. If the agency determines the public interest served by not disclosing the seven specific pieces of information clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosing, the agency may provide an abbreviated identification of the system.

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