The measure had the strong support of CNPA.
AB 1819 was introduced to end the practice of state and local agencies using sometimes-steep duplication costs as a means to delay and obstruct access to records they possess.
AB 1819 will allow an agency to prevent a requester from using his or her own equipment to make a copy of a record if the mechanism used to make the copy would damage the document.
Under existing law, an agency can charge a requester for the “the direct cost of duplication” if the requester wants to obtain a copy of a public record. The CPRA is silent, however, as to whether requesters could use their own equipment to capture an image of a document to copy a record.
The new law will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020.