California may become the first state requiring government agencies to deliver electronically searchable materials in response to public records requests, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.  The current draft of the bill mandates disclosures in "open format" whenever available, meaning "the data or the text in the document is machine readable and can be searched, indexed, organized, categorized, and is otherwise automatically processable."

The State Senate passed SB 1002 by a 35-0 vote back in May; the Assembly Appropriations Committee takes up the bill tomorrow.