The Board of Supervisors may, by resolution, designate as a “watch law” any state or federal law or regulation that calls for, authorizes, or requires the production by any City officer, employee, agency, department or office of information, records, or other tangible things held by the City, the disclosure of which could violate the rights of any individuals under the State or Federal Constitutions.
The Board of Supervisors may provide, by ordinance, that it shall respond on behalf of the City and County of San Francisco to all orders or requests for the production of information, records or other tangible things served on the City and County under any law designated as a watch law.
The Board may adopt procedures for expedited consideration of orders or requests for production where necessary to comply with legal deadlines for responding. Prior to acting by resolution of the full Board of Supervisors, the Board may refer the order or request to a committee of its members for a recommendation to the full Board, after consultation with the City Attorney, on an appropriate course of action. To the extent federal or state law would prohibit public disclosure of information that the Board of Supervisors needs to discuss in order to discharge its powers under this Section, the Board may meet in closed session for the limited purpose of discussing that information.
(Added March 2004)