- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown has approved legislation making video footage of California legislative meetings available for public use.

AB884 places Assembly videos in the public domain, allowing people to use film of floor debates and committee hearings for political or commercial purposes.

Brown announced Thursday that he signed the legislation. Lawmakers approved it after a federal judge sided with a gun rights group that sued to use footage of lawmakers’ speeches supporting gun-control bills in campaign advertisements.

A state law previously barred using such videos for political purposes. The state argued unsuccessfully that releasing the videos could stifle debate or harm the legislative process.

California voters will decide in November whether to protect public access to the videos in the state constitution.

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