California Assembly Bill 609: Taxpayer Access to Publicly Funded Research

California Assembly Bill 609, introduced by Assemblymember Brian Nestande, will require that taxpayer-funded research be made publicly available.  The bill will ensure that the public can access the published results of taxpayer-funded research for free.  It will require that each researcher receiving a state-funded grant to submit an electronic copy of the work resulting from that grant and accepted for publication.  No later than six months after publication, the work would become openly availalble, free of charge, to the public through the California State Library.  A hearing on the bill is scheduled for May 1, 2013. 

The University of California has submitted a conditional letter of support, which recommends that the embargo period be extended to twelve months, so that it will be in line with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy.  Assemblymember Nestande's Office has indicated that the condition is acceptable.  Individuals are encouraged to contribute letters as well.  Letters of support can be addressed to: The Honorable Assemblymember Brian Nestande, State Capitol. room 4139, Sacramento, CA 95814.