Last month, a California appellate court reversed a trial court's order that a CPRA requester pay the city of Sepastopol $44,630 in attorney's fees for filing a frivolous public records act request.
Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 1300 by Sen. Lonnie Hancock (D-Berkeley), which contained an unprecedented provision that could force a CPRA requester to pay the costs and attorney's fees of an oil company or California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) if the requester loses a legal challenge to obtain information about refinery operations.
Legislation that would require a state body to publicly report any action taken and the vote or abstention on that action of each member present for the action was signed into law last week by Gov. Brown.
The controversial third-party liability bill, AB 1897 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) was signed into law by Gov. Brown on Sept. 28 despite objections from many business groups. This law would hold third-party employers liable to contractor employees for wage claims and failure to obtain workers compensation coverage.
Citing his belief that "California has robust policies and longstanding laws in place that promote an open and transparent government and guarantee public decision making," Gov. Brown vetoed legislation that would address the problem of speakers being increasingly prohibited from speaking at meetings based on their criticism of an agency's policies or employees or because of the speaker's viewpoint.
Gov. Brown signed AB 1522 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-Chula Vista) into law on Sept. 10 during a ceremony in Los Angeles. This law means California will become the second state in the country to require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees.
Legislation that would limit the use of drones by public agencies and which contained a provision that muddied how information obtained by unmanned aircraft systems could be publicly disclosed never got off the ground when the governor vetoed the measure several days ago.
The governor has signed three bills aimed at limiting the behavior of paparazzi marking the eighth time in the last 9 years that the law has been amended.
Earlier this week CNPA submitted its letter to Governor Brown requesting that he veto SB 1300 by Senator Lonnie Hancock (D-Berkeley). Last week's Legislative Bulletin described the bill which contains a provision that could require a CPRA requester to pay the costs and attorney's fees of an oil company or the Department of Occupational Safety and Health if the requester loses a legal challenge to obtain information about refinery turnarounds.