November 29, 2015

California: Open Access Bill Passes House Assembly, State Senate Next This Summer

From David Knutson at PLOS:

The House Assembly today passed the California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act (AB 609). The act is now set to be heard in the Senate later this summer.


If AB 609 becomes law, it will unlock access to the results of more than $200 million in annual, state-funded scientific research.


Meanwhile Open Access momentum continues in other states. The New York Open Access bill, S.4050 (Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research) will be considered by the Senate Finance committee next week.

See Also: Read and Track the California Legislation (AB 609)

See Also: Read and Track the New York State Open Access Legislation (S 4050)

See Also: Open Access Legislation Passes Illinois Senate and House, Awaits Governors Signature (May 22, 2013)

See Also: California Open Access Bill Clears Committee (via Library Journal; May 9, 2013)

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