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California Legislature Seeks Closed-Door Meetings

24 May 2005

SACRAMENTO, California – As reported by the Indian Country Today: "A bill already working its way through the California Legislature seeks to allow the state Gambling Control Commission the right to conduct some of its business behind closed doors.

"Senate Bill 919, which comfortably passed the state Senate by a 30 - 2 margin May 2, seeks to allow an exemption of some of the open meeting rules required under state law. Supporters of the bill say that it would allow commissioners access to more information to better inform them for decisions.

"…Among the items prohibited in public discussions are trade secrets and financial and personnel information.

"…Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office confirmed that he supports the bill: if it passes the state Legislature, barring any major changes, he will likely sign it into law.

"Some, however, are concerned about the bill's potential effect on governmental processes…"

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