INFORMATION: SB 1002 (Yee) would authorize a state or local agency, when requested by a person, to provide an electronic record in a format in which the text in the electronic record is searchable by commonly used software. The bill would require the requester to bear the cost of converting the electronic record into a searchable format. The bill would also provide:
Whenever a state agency is required by law to make data or a document available on the Internet, the data or document shall be in a format that is user-friendly and accessible. This paragraph shall not apply when the state agency does not have the data or document available for internal use in a user-friendly and accessible format.
(b) For purposes of this article, “user-friendly and accessible” means:
(1) The data or document can be copied and downloaded by using commonly used software and Internet applications.
(2) The text of the data or the text in the document can be searched by using commonly used software and Internet applications.
(3) The data or document is searchable on the Internet by commonly used Internet search engines.
(c) This section shall not be construed to require a state agency to convert any data or document into a format that is user-friendly and accessible.