(a) Unless otherwise prohibited by law, an auxiliary organization that has information that constitutes an identifiable record not exempt from disclosure pursuant to this chapter that is in an electronic format shall make that record available in an electronic format when requested by any person and, when applicable, shall comply with both of the following:
(1) An auxiliary organization shall make an electronic record available in the electronic format in which it holds the information.
(2) An auxiliary organization shall provide a copy of an electronic record in the format requested if the requested format is one that has been used by the auxiliary organization to create copies for its own use or for provision to other entities or persons. The cost of duplication shall be limited to the direct cost of producing a copy of a record in an electronic format.
(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (2) of subdivision (a), the requester shall bear the cost of producing a copy of the record, including the cost to construct a record, and the cost of programming and computer services necessary to produce a copy of the record if either of the following applies:
(1) In order to comply with the provisions of subdivision (a), an auxiliary organization would be required to produce a copy of an electronic record and the record is one that is produced only at otherwise regularly scheduled intervals.
(2) The request would require data compilation, extraction, or programming to produce the record.
(c) If a request is for a record in a nonelectronic format, and the record is also available in an electronic format, an auxiliary organization may inform the requester that the record is available in an electronic format.
(d) Nothing in this section shall be construed to do any of the following:
(1) Require an auxiliary organization to reconstruct a record in an electronic format if the auxiliary organization no longer has the record available in an electronic format.
(2) Permit an auxiliary organization to make a record available only in an electronic format.
(3) Require an auxiliary organization to release an electronic record in the electronic form in which it is held by the auxiliary organization if its release would jeopardize or compromise the security or integrity of the original record, or of any proprietary software with which it is maintained.
(4) Permit public access to records held by an auxiliary organization to which access is otherwise restricted by law.
(Added by Stats. 2011, Ch. 247, Sec. 1.)