The Assembly yesterday voted overwhelmingly for AB 289, a bill by Assembly member Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield), which would create a CPRA Ombudsperson in the State Auditor’s Office to review denials of CPRA requests by state agencies. The bipartisan vote was 78-0.

The bill is intended to provide an avenue for requesters for whom it may not be feasible to file a lawsuit to have their denied requests reviewed by an independent referee.

AB 289 is supported by CNPA and has no opposition.

The bill will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee in the next few weeks.