CPRA researcher exemption bill on hold

Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) has decided to pull AB 700 from consideration by the Legislature this year. The bill, which would have created a new exemption in the CPRA for records related to research being done at public colleges and universities, was opposed by CNPA.

Since it was introduced, AB 700 has faced mounting scrutiny. As the Editorial Board of The Press Democrat put it in an editorial last week, “The opponents of AB 700 are a who’s who of oversight groups, including the ACLU of California, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the California News Publishers Association, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth.”

The announcement of Assemblymember Friedman’s decision to pull the bill was made on her Facebook page. “AB 700 was never intended to obscure animal research, sexual harassment, or professional wrongdoing. That’s why I’m putting a hold on the bill for this year.”