Assemblymember Vince Fong’s (R-Bakersfield) AB 289 is under consideration by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill, if it were to become law, would create a CPRA Ombudsperson in the State Auditor’s Office to review denials of CPRA requests by state agencies.
AB 289 was approved as part of the Assembly Judiciary Committee’s consent calendar on April 23. In a hearing on May 8, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, who chairs the Assembly Appropriations Committee, announced that the bill has been placed on the Committee’s suspense file.
The suspense file is where bills with significant fiscal impacts are held so they can be evaluated together to determine the total fiscal impact to the state. The fate of bills on the suspense file is generally not reported until just before the deadline for fiscal committees to report to the floor, which in this case is May 17.
CNPA has taken a support if amended position on AB 289, arguing that the review process created by the bill should be available for denials of CPRA requests by local agencies as well as state agencies.