Bill to open access to animal blood bank records passed by the Senate

A bill authored by Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) to expand the types of commercial animal blood banks allowed in California was passed by the Senate this week without a single no vote. Though SB 202‘s primary aim is to change the rules for operating commercial animal blood banks, the bill also opens access to public records that have been deemed confidential, and thus exempt from disclosure, for several decades.

CNPA submitted a letter expressing its support for SB 202’s provisions opening access to the records. “Expansive exemptions to disclosure are antithetical to the right of access to public records found in both the CPRA and Article I, Section 2 of the California Constitution. CNPA supports the approach taken by SB 202 of creating a presumption of access to records with only limited exemptions for information in which the public’s interest is served by nondisclosure.”

SB 202 is now in the Assembly awaiting referral to policy committees. The bill will likely be referred to the Assembly Agriculture and Judiciary Committees.