Legislative Bulletin

Bill to bolster protections for public records requesters is approved by governor

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Sept. 17 that fundamentally changes who can recover attorneys fees under the California Public Records Act. SB 1244 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) amends the law to provide that a “requester” has the right to recover attorneys fees. Current law states that only a “plaintiff” can recover fees.…

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Governor Jerry Brown signs bill that creates new advertising rules for online platforms

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed a measure that amends the Political Reform Act to place new duties on “online platforms” that display political advertisements, AB 2188 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco). The law defines “online platform” to mean “a public-facing Internet Web site, web application, or digital application, including a social network,…

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Governor Jerry Brown authorizes altering teleconference requirements for state agencies

Legislation that would allow advisory committees covered by the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act to provide shorter notice as well as several other changes before holding a teleconference meeting was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend. AB 2958 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), was introduced to “modernize” the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act…

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New law nixes secret settlements about sexual harassment

In reaction to the #MeToo movement, the legislature has banned settlement agreements that require an individual to suppress facts about sexual assault, harassment or discrimination with SB 820 by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino). Under the new law, employers who settle cases will not be able to demand confidentiality from an employee. However, as a protection…

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Privacy clean-up bill gets governor’s approval

In response to several defects identified in the recently enacted California Data Privacy Protection Act (CDPPA) which raced through the Legislature at lightning speed, the Legislature amended SB 1121 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) to address several of the most glaring deficiencies, which the Governor approved last week. Among the clarifications to the CDPPA is…

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Governor Jerry Brown gives nod to bill that requires posting of police policies

After vetoing similar legislation last year, Governor Jerry Brown last week, signed a slightly narrower version of a measure that would require police agencies to post all of their current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public if a request was made pursuant to…

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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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