The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday halted the progress of Assemblymember Vince Fong’s (R-Bakersfield) AB 289, which would have created a CPRA Ombudsperson in the State Auditor’s Office to review denials of CPRA requests by state agencies.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), who chairs the committee, raised various concerns about the bill, including that it would take away the judiciary’s exclusive jurisdiction over CPRA matters.

The committee’s vote to stop the bill from advancing was along party lines, with only the 2 Republicans on the committee voting to allow the bill to continue in the legislative process. However, the committee did grant Assemblymember Fong’s request for reconsideration, which allows him to try to revive the bill next year.