Legislative Bulletin

Boston Globe seeks coordinated editorial to stand up to attack on journalism

The Boston Globe is spearheading a nationwide effort to fight back against attacks on the press. It is requesting that newspapers stand together on Thursday, August 16 and publish editorials defending the profession and its unique role in our system of government. From The Globe: Call for action to protect free press: Publish editorial next…

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Department of Commerce reaffirms newsprint tariffs, reduces duties

Yesterday, in a much anticipated decision, the U.S. Commerce Department reaffirmed the countervailing and anti-dumping duties it imposed on the imports of Canadian newsprint in January. In yesterday’s decision, Commerce decided to spare several Canadian producers from the antidumping charges, revising the duties by setting them at 8.4 percent to 20.26 percent instead of the…

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CNPA requesting newspaper help to increase public access to police discipline records and body-cam footage

As the Legislature returns from recess on Monday, CNPA is working to push two important access bills over the finish line. SB 1421 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and AB 748 by Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) would substantially increase public access to law enforcement records for journalists who investigate police and law enforcement…

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CNPA bill to strengthen public records act moves to assembly floor

After a school district sought to recover $500,000 from an individual exercising her constitutional right to access public records, Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced a bill to thwart future attempts by public agencies to harass and intimidate public records requesters. The bill, SB 1244 makes a simple change, converting the word “plaintiff” to “requester” in…

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State supreme court says Yelp not required to take down user post

In a win for companies that host user-generated content, California’s highest court issued a 4-3 decision this week in Hassel v. Bird, affirming Yelp is not liable for refusing to take down a post which was deemed defamatory. The underlying dispute arose after an angry client, Ava Bird, wrote a scathing review of a law…

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Newspaper help still needed to fight tariffs

If you have editorialized against the tariffs on imported Canadian newsprint and armed your readers with information to let their representatives know how harmful these tariffs are, thank you. Please take time to complete the survey on the tariff’s impact on your newspaper There is still more that needs to be done, though. The News…

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Legislature passes, Governor signs comprehensive privacy bill in one day

Yesterday both houses of the legislature overwhelmingly voted to pass a landmark privacy bill sending it to Governor Brown who signed it hours later. The vote on AB 375, dubbed the California Data Privacy Protection Act, was 36-0 in the Senate and the Assembly approved it on a 73-0 vote. The rushed vote was a…

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Historic progress but big hurdles for police misconduct bill

Legislation that would overturn 40 years of secrecy for police personnel records progressed through the Assembly Public Safety Committee Tuesday on a 5-2 vote. SB 1421 by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) would mandate the disclosure of police personnel records related to cases of a serious use of force, or where there is a sustained finding…

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