Last-minute blitz against data hack disclosure bill

Despite largely unanimous support among lawmakers so far, a bill to require local government agencies to notify workers and constituents if their electronic data has been hacked – as the state and the private sector already must do – faces a last-minute blitz by local government groups.

The California State Association of Counties, the Urban Counties Caucus, the League of California Cities, the California Special Districts Association, the Association of California Healthcare Districts and the California Association of Joint Powers Authorities this week sent a “floor alert” to all states Senators about AB 1149 by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose.

In sum: They don’t want to pay for such disclosures.

“To be clear, none of our associations takes exception to the policy being advanced in AB 1149. It is merely a question of resources,” the memo said. “There will be a cost to implementing the provisions of the bill, and we note there is no identified mechanism to cover these costs.”

“We have a concern that – either in practice or in precedent – AB 1149 would be the first step in imposing additional and potentially costly new responsibilities on local agencies at a time when we are challenged to deliver core public services given difficult fiscal conditions,” the groups contend.

The Legislature at least so far hasn’t shared those concerns. The Assembly approved the bill 78-0 in May, and the Senate Judiciary and Appropriations committees both passed it 7-0.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.