Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) introduced a package of bills aimed at providing better public access to records and information held by state agencies earlier this month. One bill, SB 1000, would subject the California Public Utilities Commission to the state\u2019s Public Records Act. \u201cCalifornians have a fundamental right to know how their government is working,\u201d stated Yee. As justification for his bill, Yee cited the CPUC\u2019s withholding of records related to 34 gas pipeline safety breaches since 2006, including the disastrous Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline explosion in San Bruno in 2010. \u201cIf the San Bruno disaster has taught us anything, it is that we need to be vigilant in ensuring utility companies are not endangering our communities,\u201d stated Yee. \u201cThe CPUC is supposed to be there to protect us and not as a barrier to public access.\u201d The CPUC is withholding the documents under policies that provide exemptions from the Public Records Act that date back to the 1950s, according to Yee.