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AB-609: California Passes Open Access Legislation

October 1st, 2014 by Amy Studer

On September 29, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB-609, The California Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research Act.

According to Shawn Daugherty of SPARC (October 1, 2014):

“This first-of-its-kind legislation requires that articles reporting on research funded by the California Department of Public Health be made openly available to the public through online repositories no later than 12 months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal.”

While this law is narrow in scope, it is the first time a US state has required that a subset of articles based on its funding be made openly available.


UC Supports AB 609

April 16th, 2013 by Mary Wood

UCOP letter in support of AB 609


California Taxpayer Access to
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California Taxpayer Open Access to Research Act


On May 1, 2013, the Accountability and Administrative Committee in the State Assembly voted in support of AB609. Six graduate students from UC Davis gave testimony.  Next, the bill heads for the Appropriations Committee.

Related documents:

On May 24, 2013,  a group of nine organizations released a letter in support of AB609.  Organizations included:  SPARC, ACRL, ARL, COAPI, Creative Commons, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Greater Western Library Alliance, Public Knowledge,  and PLoS.