Legislation that will allow members of a local agency to communicate with constituents via social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter was signed last week by Governor Newsom. AB 992 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) was amended late in the legislative session to add several safeguards which removed CNPA’s opposition to the measure. Specifically, the bill will: Provide that…

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In two actions on the final day of the surreal 2020 session, the legislature passed a couple of measures that would provide relief to beleaguered newspapers. The first, AB 323 by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-West Covina) would extend for another year the exemption for newspaper carriers from the stringent ABC test used to determine whether workers are properly classified…

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The Senate and Assembly approved legislation yesterday that would protect journalists covering protests and demonstrations from being assaulted, arrested, or obstructed from gathering news during these events.  SB 629 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) would allow a duly authorized member of the media to enter areas closed off to the public by first responders during a demonstration, march, protest or…

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Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D- Baldwin Park) today announced that her Assembly Bill 323, the Save Local Journalism Act, was passed by the State Senate and State Assembly and is on its way to the Governor’s desk.
AB 323 was voted off the Senate Floor and passed by the Assembly in the last few days of the 2019-2020 legislative session. The Senate passed AB 323 by a 39-0 vote; the final vote on the Assembly Floor was 60-2.

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Legislation that would protect journalists who are covering protests and demonstrations from being assaulted, arrested, or obstructed from gathering news during these events is scheduled to be heard this Wednesday, August 5 in the Assembly Public Safety Committee at 2:00. SB 629 by Senator Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) would: Allow a duly authorized member of the media to enter areas closed off…

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