Senate honors author of Calif. open-meetings law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are kicking off Sunshine Week by honoring the author of the state's main open-meetings law.

Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on Monday lauded former state Assemblyman Bill Bagley, the primary author of the Bagley Keene Act.

The 1967 law asserts the people's right to know what their public servants are doing. It requires open meetings for state agencies, boards and commissions.

Bagley told senators that the bill was passed in the "golden years" of the Legislature, when he said more things could be accomplished on a bipartisan basis.

Yee was joined by good-government groups in honoring Bagley.

Sunshine Week is an initiative of the American Society of Newspaper Editors and began in Florida in 2002. Last year, Yee authored SCR8 declaring Sunshine Week in California.