After years of complaints about document secrecy, the California Public Utilities Commission March 26 proposed increasing public access to documents it receives from utilities, as well as to its own records. Regulators\u2019 draft resolution also is expected to reduce the number of documents deemed confidential. Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation--SB 1000--to require the CPUC to improve the public\u2019s access to natural gas pipeline accident reports and other documents. \u201cIt\u2019s a good start, but we still need SB 1000,\u201d said Yee spokesperson Adam Keigwin of the proposed resolution. \u201cMany residents of neighborhoods across the state are unaware of the gas pipelines underneath their homes as the CPUC has not deigned to make that information public,\u201d Yee wrote in a March 16 Current guest editorial. The CPUC\u2019s proposal directs a review of \u201coutdated rules that impede the CPUC\u2019s ability to share documents with the public it serves, and would allow the CPUC to provide the public with more immediate access to documents.\u201d It also notes its current California Public Records Act rule dating back to 1974 lacks clear and consistent criteria for processing public records requests and assessing whether a document should be kept from the public. It acknowledges the ease with which utilities have been able to have their records stamped confidential. The proposal directs the CPUC to do the following: -Treat documents as public unless a company proves why its documents should be subject to a disclosure exemption. -Require the CPUC to prove that keeping a record secret serves the public interest. -Release routinely completed safety investigation reports, doing away with the requirement that allows them to be released only following a regulatory adjudication or a commission vote. -Create an online index of records, which includes their location at the CPUC, and an online portal for safety related records. The resolution is set for a May 12 vote.