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SB-1354 Law enforcement agencies: public records.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1354


Introduced by Senator Hurtado

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Section 13650 of the Penal Code, relating to law enforcement.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1354, as introduced, Hurtado. Law enforcement agencies: public records.
Existing law establishes within the Department of Justice the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and requires the commission to adopt rules establishing minimum standards regarding the recruitment and training of peace officers. Existing law, the California Public Records Act, generally requires each state and local agency to make its public records available for inspection by a member of the public, unless the public record is specifically exempted from disclosure. Existing law requires the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and each local law enforcement agency to conspicuously post on their internet websites all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public if a request was made pursuant to the California Public Records Act.
This bill would require that information to be posted in English, Spanish, and any other language that is spoken by at least 5% of the population in the jurisdiction of that law enforcement agency. By imposing additional requirements on local law enforcement agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 13650 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

13650.
 Commencing January 1, 2020, the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and each local law enforcement agency shall conspicuously post on their Internet Web sites internet websites all current standards, policies, practices, operating procedures, and education and training materials that would otherwise be available to the public if a request was made pursuant to the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code). All information posted pursuant to this section shall be posted in English, Spanish, and any other language that is spoken by at least 5 percent of the population in the jurisdiction of that law enforcement agency.

SEC. 2.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.