CNPA has identified several more bills put across the desk just before last Friday’s deadline that have a potential impact on newspapers. Here is a brief description of bills of interest that newspapers will want to keep an eye on:

Freedom of Information

SB 53 by Senator Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) would, for the purposes of the Bagley-Keene open meetings law, expand the application of the law to include an advisory body that consists of a board, commission, committee, or similar multi-member body on which a member of the body serves in his or her official capacity as a representative of that state body and that is supported, in whole or in part, by funds provided by the state body, whether the multi-member body is organized and operated by the state body or by a private corporation.


AB 1760 by Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) is currently a spot bill that would amend the California Consumer Protection Act to change it from an opt-out to an opt-in system and create a private right of action for consumers to use in litigation to enforce the terms of the act.

SB 561 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) would expand a consumer’s rights to bring a civil action for damages for violations of the California Consumer Protection Act.

Industrial Relations

AB 5 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) is a spot bill but will become the vehicle for statutory changes to the Labor Code to reflect last year’s Dynamex decision.