Legislative Bulletin

Bill would create civil penalty for agencies that violate CPRA

Posted on 4/21/2017
To the delight of public access advocates in the Capitol, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) has authored a bill that would create a fine for an agency that violates the California Public Records Act by charging excessively for a requester to acces

Bill to allow unfettered searches of student cellphones is withdrawn by author

Posted on 4/21/2017
A measure that would have authorized a teacher or administrator to rifle through student cellphones without cause was held by the author due to overwhelming opposition to the bill.

Committee passes bill to require charter schools to comply with open meeting and record laws

Posted on 4/21/2017
This week, the Senate Education Committee passed SB 806, by Senator Steven Glazer (D-Walnut Creek), that, among other things, purports to require charter schools to follow the Brown Act, Bagley-Keene Act and California Public Records Act.

Legislature fixes two speech crime bills at CNPA’s urging

Posted on 4/21/2017
On Tuesday, the Senate Public Safety committee will consider SB 784, a bill that initially sought to criminalize the distribution of photographs taken in violation of state law.

Measure to curb aggressive behavior at county clerk offices to be heard next week

Posted on 4/21/2017
Legislation, which would amend existing law to make it unlawful for a person to make a material misrepresentation of the law to anyone at a public agency to transact business with the agency, will be heard next week by the Assembly Public Safety Comm

Fighting fake news with education

Posted on 4/21/2017
Both the Assembly and Senate Education Committees passed out bills seeking to address the “fake news” phenomenon by educating students to be critical consumers of all kinds of media.

Student press rights threatened as schools seek unfettered access to cellphones

Posted on 4/9/2017
Capture a video of a lunch room brawl? Writing stories critical of the administration?

Secret settlement bill passes out of first committee

Posted on 4/9/2017
The Assembly Judiciary Committee passed a controversial bill authored by its chair, Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley), to ensure that settlement agreements and court documents in cases involving significant risks to the public’s safety are publicly disclo

Senate committee passes bill to restrict defendants’ ability to speak to media

Posted on 4/9/2017
This week the Senate Judiciary Committee in a unanimous 6-0 vote passed a bill that would prohibit a defendant in a revenge porn lawsuit from publicly disclosing the name or any identifying characteristics of a plaintiff to any person including “any

Bill adding new exemption to state agency open meeting law gets committee nod

Posted on 4/9/2017
This week the Assembly Health Committee passed AB 860 by Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) to exempt the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) from the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act when conducting a fact-fin