Bills approved on floors of Senate and Assembly live to see another day

Several other bills survived the June 2 deadline for passage of bills out of the house of origin. They are headed to the other house for consideration in the next few weeks.

In the Senate:

SB 244 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-South Gate) would prohibit disclosure of any personal information collected or obtained by the state, any state agency, or any subdivision of the state, including agents of the California State University and the California Community Colleges, as well as any private persons contracted to administer public services or programs, from an applicant for public services or programs contained in records in the possession of these agencies.

The vote was 25-21.

SB 393 by Senator Ricardo Lara (D-South Gate) would allow a court to seal an arrest that did not result in a conviction by issuing a written ruling and order that, among other things, states that the arrest is deemed not to have occurred. The bill would prohibit the sealing of arrest records if there is a possibility that the arrestee could still be prosecuted.

The vote was 33-6.

SB 345 by Senator Steve Bradford (D-Compton) would require, on and after July 1, 2018, each state and local law enforcement agency to post on its internet website, in a text-searchable format, all of its manuals, practices and policies not exempt from disclosure pursuant to the act.

The vote was 23-15.

SB 21 by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) would, beginning July 1, 2018, require each law enforcement agency to submit to its governing body at a noticed hearing, open to the public, a proposed plan for the use of all surveillance technology and the information collected, as specified. The bill would require that the law enforcement agency submit an amendment to the surveillance plan, pursuant to the same open meeting requirements, for each new type of surveillance technology sought to be used.

The vote was 21-15.

SB 19 also by Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) would allow, among other things, an action to enforce the requirements of the California Public Records Act (CPRA) to be filed in superior court rather than in an appellate court or the state Supreme Court.

The vote was 39-0.

In the Assembly:

AB 1428 by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Jose) would require each county district attorney’s office that conducts an investigation into an incident involving the shooting of a civilian by a peace officer to report the findings of that investigation on a publicly accessible internet website within 30 days of the conclusion of the investigation. It would, however, prohibit a D.A. from identifying the peace officer involved in the serious use of force or disclosing information that could be used to identify the officer in the report.

The vote was 76-0.

AB 1455 by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra would amend existing Government Code Sec. 6254 (p) to exempt records of local agencies that “reveal a local agency’s deliberative processes, impressions, evaluations, opinions, recommendations, meeting minutes, research, work products, theories, or strategy, or that provide instruction, advice, or training to employees who do not have full collective bargaining and representation rights.” Government Code Sec. 6254(p) currently exempts the same information that is used by state agencies in collective bargaining proceedings.

The vote was 51-24.

AB 660 by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-West Covina) would amend existing law to make it unlawful for a person to interfere with those attempting to transact business with an agency. The bill would add making a material misrepresentation of the law to the list of behaviors that constitute unlawful interference under existing law.

The vote was 69-0.

Also, Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) announced he would hold AB 889 which would prohibit secret settlements in court cases when the public interest in knowing about “public dangers” outweighs any individual or business interest in keeping information about that danger confidential.

The Assemblyman’s decision makes AB 889 a two-year bill.