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Legislation Update – What Happened This Week:

Legislation Update – What Happened This Week:

This bill, which requires the Court—when requested by a family member—to seal the autopsy report and evidence associated with a victim who has been killed due to a criminal act, essentially, any homicide, was passed by the Assembly Public Safety Committee. This bill is being sponsored by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and is in direct response to autopsy report requests for the victims of the Borderline Mass Shooting and is seeking to prevent those reports from ever being accessed by the public. 
Next Step: Assembly Appropriations.

Action: Contact your assemblymember to let them know you are opposed to this bill. Share stories that could not be covered without access to these reports. See our Letter of opposition and one-pager here.

AB 390 (Berman) Advertising: Automatic Renewal and Continuous
Position: Oppose, unless amended

AB 390 would, beginning July 1, 2022, make it unlawful for the business to fail to provide a consumer with a notice containing specified information if the consumer accepted a free gift or trial lasting 31 or more days that was included in an automatic renewal offer or continuous service offer or accepted an automatic renewal offer or continuous service offer at a promotional or discounted price, and the applicability of that price was more than 31 days. In these circumstances, the bill would require the notice to be provided at least 3 days before and at most 21 days before the expiration of the period of time for which the free gift or trial, or promotional or discounted price, applies. CNPA is working with a coalition to oppose this bill. 

Next Step: Assembly Floor.

AB 343 (Fong) California Public Records Act Ombudsperson
Position: Support

AB 343 would establish, within the California State Auditor’s Office, the California Public Records Act Ombudsperson. The bill would require the California State Auditor to appoint the ombudsperson—an appointed government official who receives and investigates complaints made by individuals against abuses or capricious acts of public officials—subject to certain requirements.
This bill would require the ombudsperson to receive and investigate requests for review whether the denials of original requests complied with the California Public Records Act, and issue written opinions of its determination, as provided. AB 343 would also require the ombudsperson to create a process to that effect, and would authorize a member of the public to submit a request for review to the ombudsperson consistent with that process.
The bill passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Consent by a vote of 10-0
Next Step: Assembly Appropriations Committee. 
CNPA supports AB 339 which improves the Ralph M. Brown Act by ensuring Californians can participate in the local governmental decision-making process by expanding opportunities to join meetings and make public comment via telephonic or internet-based service options, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill also provides greater clarification of existing legal standards for interpretation services and language access.
Next Step: AB 339 has been referred to the Assembly Local Government committee and will be heard on Wednesday, April 28.