SB 629

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Feb 22, 2019
  • Passed Senate May 09, 2019
  • Passed Assembly Aug 30, 2020
  • Governor

Public peace: media access.

Abstract

Existing law makes every person who willfully resists, delays, or obstructs any public officer, peace officer, or an emergency medical technician, as defined, in the discharge or attempt to discharge any duty of the office or employment, when no other punishment is prescribed, guilty of a misdemeanor. Existing law also authorizes specified peace officers to close an area where a menace to the public health or safety is created by a calamity and to close the immediate area surrounding any emergency field command post or other command post activated for the purpose of abating a calamity, riot, or other civil disturbance, as specified. Existing law makes any unauthorized person who willfully and knowingly enters those areas and who remains in the area after receiving notice to evacuate or leave guilty of a misdemeanor. Existing law exempts a duly authorized representative of any news service, newspaper, or radio or television station or network from the provisions prohibiting entry into the closed areas, as specified. This bill would, if peace officers close the immediate area surrounding any emergency field command post or establish any other command post, police line, or rolling closure at a demonstration, march, protest, or rally where individuals are engaged primarily in constitutionally protected activity, as described, require that a duly authorized representative of any news service, online news service, newspaper, or radio or television station or network, as described, be allowed to enter those closed areas and would prohibit a peace officer or other law enforcement officer from intentionally assaulting, interfering with, or obstructing a duly authorized representative who is gathering, receiving, or processing information for communication to the public. The bill would also prohibit a duly authorized representative who is in a closed area from being cited for the failure to disperse, a violation of a curfew, or a violation of other, specified law. The bill would require that if a representative is detained by a peace officer or other law enforcement officer, the representative be permitted to contact a supervisory officer immediately for the purpose of challenging the detention. For purposes of this bill, a duly authorized representative would be a person who appears to be engaged in gathering, receiving, or processing information, who produces a business card, press badge, other similar credential, or who is carrying professional broadcasting or recording equipment.

Bill Sponsors (10)

Votes


Actions


Sep 30, 2020

Senate

Vetoed by the Governor.

Senate

In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.

Sep 09, 2020

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Aug 31, 2020

Senate

Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 31. Noes 2.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Aug 30, 2020

Senate

In Senate. Concurrence in Assembly amendments pending.

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 49. Noes 7. Page 5364.) Ordered to the Senate.

Aug 19, 2020

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 18, 2020

Assembly

Coauthors revised.

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 14. Noes 2.) (August 18).

Aug 06, 2020

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (August 5). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 28, 2020

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S.

Jul 27, 2020

Assembly

August 3 hearing postponed by committee.

Jun 29, 2020

Assembly

From committee: Be re-referred to Com. on PUB. S. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 29). Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on PUB. S. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 29). Re-referred to Com. on PUB. S.

Jun 26, 2020

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on RLS. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on RLS. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.

Jun 25, 2020

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on NAT. RES.

May 30, 2019

Assembly

Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on NAT. RES.

May 09, 2019

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 1002.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 02, 2019

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.

May 01, 2019

Senate

From committee: Do pass. Ordered to consent calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 904.) (May 1).

Apr 24, 2019

Senate

Set for hearing May 1.

Mar 14, 2019

Senate

Referred to Com. on GOV. & F.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on GOV. & F.

Feb 25, 2019

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 27.

Senate

Read first time.

Feb 22, 2019

Senate

Introduced. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

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02/22/19 - Introduced PDF
06/25/20 - Amended Assembly PDF
07/28/20 - Amended Assembly PDF
09/03/20 - Enrolled PDF

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