State agencies would have to post information on their Web homepages about requesting public records if the governor signs a bill sent to him by the legislature.
Assembly Bill 1393 also would require agencies to include a form to use in requesting public records.
The bill was stripped of enforcement provisions that would have allowed anyone whose record request was turned down by a local government to request an attorney general review.
Cities and counties also could have faced fines for deliberate violations of public records' rules under the original bill.
Finally, the bill creates a task force to consider what records should be routinely posted on state Web sites and how the existing law is working.
Schwarzenegger, who previously vetoed a different version of this bill, has until Oct. 12 to act on this bill.