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 records by tweaking the law to ensure that agency’s do not attempt to use the attorney fee-shifting provision to punish and intimidate requesters.

The measure received no “no” votes throughout the entire process. CNPA is asking the governor to sign the bill. He has until September 30 to act on SB 1244 and all other bills.