Two bills from 2017 die on the vine

As a result of legislative deadlines, two bills from last year are dead after failing to pass out of the house of origin before the Jan. 31 deadline.
AB 165, by Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), sought to peel back the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a law CNPA co-sponsored and was passed into law in 2015.

The measure would have eliminated the requirement that government obtain a warrant to search the cellphone of a student at a public school. CNPA opposed the bill, along with other civil rights advocates, arguing that students do not shed their constitutional rights and the schoolhouse gate. The bill was never heard in a committee.

AB 889, by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley), also failed to pass the Assembly after making it to the Assembly floor. The bill would have made void settlement agreements and contracts for secrecy about public dangers. The bill, which has been introduced in a similar form in prior years, was aimed at preventing companies from keeping secret hazardous products, like defective automotive parts.

CNPA supported the bill, which faced significant opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce and other business lobbyists.