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The California Legislature has approved two measures that would allow the press and the public to more easily obtain information about police activity that had previously been kept confidential.

Senate Bill 1421 would allow greater access to records from "investigations of officer shootings and other major force incidents, along with confirmed cases of sexual assault and lying while on duty," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Assembly Bill 748 will "allow a video or audio recording that relates to a critical incident, as defined, to be withheld for 45 calendar days if disclosure would substantially interfere with an active investigation, subject to extensions, as specified."

Police unions and associations have opposed both measures.

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