Legislative Bulletin

Three bills threatening public notices amended to protect publication in newspapers

Posted on 3/26/2017
Bills sponsored by the Golden Gate Bridge District, the California Association of Treasurers and Tax Collectors and the California Self-Storage Association that proposed to repeal the requirement that certain public notices are published in newspaper

New legislation introduced to address CPRA delays, exempt collective bargaining records

Posted on 3/26/2017
Two spot bills were amended this week that would have an impact on the public’s right to know.

Bill restricting free trials and auto-pay subscriptions to be heard next week

Posted on 3/26/2017
Legislation introduced by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Los Angles) that would restrict a newspaper’s ability to provide free gifts and trials with automatic renewal and continuous service offers is scheduled to be heard next Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary

Senate tries again for more disclosure from Form 700

Posted on 3/26/2017
The Form 700 is filled out by every public official and employee in California, mandating the reporting of financial interests that might affect that person’s execution of their public duties.

Legislation attacking public notices assigned to committee

Posted on 3/16/2017
Bills sponsored by the state controller and the Self-Storage Association that threaten the system of printed public notices in newspapers have been assigned to the Assembly Judiciary Committee and are scheduled to be heard by the committee this Tuesd

Court overturns Public Records Act law on free speech grounds

Posted on 3/5/2017
In a 38-page opinion, a federal court judge in Fresno ruled against a state law, long opposed by CNPA, that permits a public official to demand a publisher remove personal information it has posted online.

Legislature contemplates eliminating some confidential settlements

Posted on 3/5/2017
Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley), chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, has introduced legislation that would make it unlawful, and an ethical violation by attorneys, to enter secret settlement agreements related to public dangers.

Legislature has little appetite for law enforcement reform

Posted on 2/26/2017
CNPA, along with the ACLU and others, hoped to make a second go at reforming California’s clamped confidentiality laws with respect to police officer personnel records. Unfortunately, the Legislature was not ultimately committed to tackling this toug

Public notices under attack

Posted on 2/26/2017
Among the 2,495 bills introduced in the Senate and Assembly before last Friday’s deadline are four bills that would eliminate public notice advertising for the self-storage industry, the state controller, the Golden Gate bridge district and county tr

Reverse-CPRA bill introduced with several court cases pending

Posted on 2/26/2017
SB 657 by Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), has been introduced in an attempt to address the problem of reverse-CPRA actions, where a third party implicated in a public records request seeks to restrain an agency from disclosing information t