Bill allowing witnesses to prohibit disclosure of their names dies on Assembly suspense file

Legislation opposed by CNPA that would have permitted a victim of or witnesses to gang related crimes to prohibit the disclosure of his or her name under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) was held by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on its suspense file last week.

AB 2013 by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) would have made it difficult, if not impossible, for journalists and the public to be informed about criminal activities in the communities where they live.

CNPA wrote in its letter opposing the bill, “The unintended consequence of this policy is to prevent the public from determining whether the victim or witness is telling the truth or furthering the personal agenda of a victim or witness. This proposal also reduces the likelihood that law enforcement will be able to ferret out potential biases of these individuals thereby harming the integrity of the judicial process.”

The deadline for passing bills out of the house of origin is today, June 1, which renders AB 2013 for the year.