To protect and serve the common interests of its newsmedia members, to help members inform and thereby strengthen their communities, and to foster the highest ideals, ethics and traditions of journalism, a free press and the news profession.
AB 268 seeks to limit access to records that are essential for reporting on issues ranging from mass shootings to overdose, when there is already a system in existing law to balance privacy and the public’s constitutional right to access public records.
On behalf of the California News Publishers Association, California Broadcasters Association, ACLU, California Black Media, and the First Amendment Coalition we express our strong opposition to AB 268, as amended on February 25, 2021, which would prevent the public from being able to exercise their critical right to access autopsy reports to report on issues that impact our communities. We strongly urge your “NO” vote.
AB 268 would give the right to seal these critical investigative tools to family members, rather than the agencies and courts, which are properly equipped to address the competing interests for and against disclosure.
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★ Download your copy of the CNPA Letter of Opposition, the AB 268 (Irwin) Fact Sheet, and Sample Editorial here.
The campaign will launch when the California Department of Public Health declares it is appropriate to resume travel and could deliver $10.3 billion in business revenue and $865 million in additional taxes.
CNPA vigorously supports this initiative, a one-time appropriation to fund an in-state and western drive market campaign which anticipates substantial advertising revenue for newspapers in the state. This budget allocation would require the California Travel and Tourism Commission to spend $45 million on strategic media to jump start the recovery of the travel and tourism industry in the State. The campaign is designed to help reverse the impact of the pandemic on the industry, which creates $145 billion in annual business and generates $12.5 billion in state and local taxes.
This is an important piece of legislation, so please contact your legislators and urge them to support it.
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★ Download your copy of the California Travel Association Fact Sheet for Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego & Letter of Support.
The Newspaper Industry is Struggling to Survive: Skyrocketing Costs, Declining Revenue
Last year, CNPA worked with Assemblymember Rubio to pass legislation (AB 323) to provide another one-year exemption for newspaper carriers. That exemption will expire at the end of 2021 unless the Legislature grants newspaper carriers an exemption. To support our 450 California member newspapers and continue to serve our communities during these critical times, CNPA is working to introduce legislation to exempt newspaper carriers from AB 5. The exemption, which is vital to the future of the newspaper industry, saves local jobs and ensures that California communities remain up to date with critical, timely information.
Please help CNPA Protect Newspapers, Journalists, and Carriers.
If you have any question or comments regarding the Save Local Journalism Act, please feel free to contact Brittney Barsotti (916-288-6006).