Assembly Committee places bill protecting attorney’s fees in CPRA litigation on suspense file

On Wednesday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted to place on its suspense file a measure introduced by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) that would protect the ability of requesters who prevail in CPRA litigation to obtain their attorney’s fees and costs.

The bill, SB 518, would prohibit the use of offers to compromise made under California Code of Civil Procedure Section 998 in CPRA cases.

The committee’s suspense file is used to identify bills that could result in annual costs to the state of over $150,000. Many bills placed on the suspense file never make it out of the committee since this is a convenient way to “kill” a bill without members ever having to vote against it.

The committee is scheduled to take up the suspense file when members return from summer recess on August 12.