As legislators grapple with today’s deadline to introduce bills for the 2020 session, CNPA has identified several that are of particular interest to newspapers:

AB 2569 by Assemblyman Tim Grayson (D-Concord) would exempt from disclosure under the CPRA the name and address of the victim of any crime who is less than 18 years of age and require a law enforcement officer receiving a report in which a minor is a victim to indicate on the report that the alleged victim is a minor.

It would also require the officer to inform the person making the report that the minor’s name and address will remain confidential and prohibit the disclosure of the minor’s name and address. The bill would require the victim of any crime who is less than 18 years of age to be referred to in all records and court proceedings by a pseudonym, including John Doe or Jane Doe.

AB 2676 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) would exempt from disclosure under the CPRA critical infrastructure information that is voluntarily submitted to the Office of Emergency Services for use by that office, including the identity of the person who or entity that voluntarily submitted the information.

AB 2607 by Assemblyman Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) would establish the Office of the Ombudsperson in the Department of Fish and Game to provide individuals with a confidential process to address complaints and resolve disputes with the department. The bill would require any information provided to the ombudsperson as part of a complaint to be confidential and exempt from disclosure pursuant to the CPRA.