Legislative Bulletin

Legislature places bills allowing access to police misconduct and body cam records on governor’s desk

Last Friday, despite intense opposition and pressure from nearly every law enforcement association in the state, the California legislature passed two historic reforms allowing the public to access information held by law enforcement agencies in California that has been kept from public view. The two measures were co-sponsored by CNPA and the ACLU and would…

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International Trade Commission reverses newsprint tariffs

Last week, the International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously voted to terminate the countervailing and anti-dumping duties that have been charged on imported Canadian newsprint since January of this year. While the Commission’s welcome decision was released last week, stakeholders must wait several more weeks to learn the commission’s reasoning for the reversal when the ITC…

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CNPA bill to protect requesters from agency attacks is on Governor’s desk

CNPA’s effort to amend the California Public Records Act to better protect records requesters is on the governor’s desk. SB 1244 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) arose after an agency attempted to use the CPRA to obtain mandatory attorney fees against a public records requester. SB 1244 bolsters the CPRA’s protections for requesters who seek…

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Assembly floor to vote on CNPA sponsored PACE clean-up bill

CNPA’s effort to cure anti-transparency legislation passed on the last day of session last year continues to the Assembly floor. SB 1087 by Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) amends a law enacted last year that requires secrecy by the Department of Business Oversight when the agency orders individuals to stop selling products pursuant to the Property…

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Senator Kamala Harris sends comments to ITC asking it to reject the newsprint tariffs

Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) submitted comments to the International Trade Commission (ITC) on behalf of California newspapers asking it to reverse the countervailing and anti-dumping orders imposed by the Department of Commerce. In the letter, Senator Harris requested that the Commission “take into full consideration the negative impacts of these tariffs on the newspaper industry,…

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Fate of police records reform bills to be decided next week

Next Thursday, the Legislature will make decisions on hundreds of bills in the appropriations committees, including CNPA-sponsored bills AB 748 and SB 1421 which peel back some of the state’s most restrictive secrecy laws for police records. Writing in support of the bills, the Mercury News Editorial Board said, “The constant secrecy undermines confidence in…

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Public records tweak passes Assembly on consent

CNPA’s sponsored bill to amend the California Public Records Act to better protect records requesters has passed out of the Assembly with no “no” votes. It is up for a concurrence vote in the Senate before it heads to the governor’s desk. SB 1244 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) was introduced after a public records…

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Final push to reverse harmful newsprint tariffs

The final determination by the Department of Commerce last week reduced the tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint, however, the combined countervailing and anti-dumping duties still range up to 20 percent, depending upon the manufacturer. While Commerce’s reduction was a positive step, these duties cannot be absorbed by newspapers and will result in newspapers continuing to…

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