Legislative Bulletin

Bill limiting political speech easily passed by committee despite objection from CNPA and free speech groups

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday passed AB 730 by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto), which would prohibit the dissemination of images and audio or video recordings of candidates within 60 days of an election if the image or recording has been manipulated with the intent to injure the candidate’s reputation unless a specified disclosure…

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Author pulls bill to place stricter limits on access to housing-court records

Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles) has pulled her AB 1795 from consideration for the rest of this year following concerns raised by CNPA and other groups. AB 1795 would have closed access to court records in eviction cases arising out of the Ellis Act, a law that allows landlords to require tenants to move out…

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Bill to create CPRA appeals process on hold for rest of year

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…

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Two deepfake bills to be heard in committee this week

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear two bills regulating the use of deepfake technology on Tuesday, both authored by Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto). The first bill, AB 602, provides a civil cause of action for individuals whose likenesses are used without their consent in deepfakes that depict sexual conduct, as defined. The version of…

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