A bill that would allow law enforcement agencies to post public notices on their websites or social media before euthanizing seized birds and animals was passed overwhelmingly by the Assembly Public Safety Committee on a unanimous 7-0 vote. The bill, AB 3035 by Assembly member Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), is sponsored by the California State Sheriff’s Association. The sheriffs claim that one newspaper…

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A bill that would hold publications strictly liable for accepting advertisements from marijuana businesses that conduct sales in violation of statutes and regulations even if they have acted in good faith to verify the businesses license prior to placing the advertisement was passed out of the Assembly Business and Professions Committee today on a 12-0 vote. The…

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A bill that would allow law enforcement agencies to post on their websites or social media public notices of petitions to euthanize seized birds and animals is scheduled to be heard on May 19 in the Assembly Public Safety Committee. The bill, AB 3035 By Assembly member Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), is sponsored by the California State Sheriff’s Association. The sheriffs claim…

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Legislation was amended this week that would require a court order for reporters to obtain autopsy reports, which are currently disclosable under the California Public Records Act. AB 2372 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks), as amended on May 4th, would prohibit any report or notes pertaining to an autopsy report from being released, except to the family…

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Legislation introduced by Assembly member Mark Berman (D-Palo Alto) that would make it easier for consumers to cancel subscriptions involving free gifts or trials was overwhelmingly passed by the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee this week on a 11-0 vote. The bill, AB 2811, would require businesses who provide free gifts or trials to provide 3 to 7 days’ notice before it…

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In Executive Order N-62-20, Governor Newsom ordered that any employee who tested positive for COVID-19 is presumed to have obtained the virus and to be eligible for worker’s compensation through their employer if: (a)    The employee tested positive within 14 days of performing labor or services at the work site and at the employer’s direction (b)    The day…

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The Assembly had its first week of being back in business this week in a world that is anything but business as usual. The Senate comes back this Monday leaving the houses slightly out of sync until after the summer recess. In addition to facing a projected $54 billion deficit the Legislature has a massive load of legislation to…

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Four national media organizations representing thousands of local newspapers and local broadcast media outlets — the News Media Alliance, National Association of Broadcasters, National Newspaper Association and America’s Newspapers — jointly called on Congress to provide critical support to local news media in its next stimulus bill designed to provide relief to businesses impacted by…

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Gov. Gavin Newsom’s unprecedented Executive Order N-33-20, issued on March 19, which requires all individuals living in California to stay at home includes an exception for certain types of businesses “as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors.” The 16 critical infrastructure sectors referenced in the Order were developed by…

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